Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) is a non-profit organization established by the lay Sangha to carry forward the ancient Buddhist tradition of interdependence between the monastic and lay communities. In gratitude for the monks’ generosity in offering the Dharma, FOSA helps provide skills and resources to support and enhance monastic life at Shasta Abbey.
In the spirit of dana, the Friends of Shasta Abbey contributes revenue from its gift shop, Shasta Abbey Buddhist Supply Shop, to directly benefit the monastery. In this way, the monks, the Friends of Shasta Abbey and the entire lay Sangha work together to support each other’s spiritual training.
The Buddhist Supply Shop will be open March 25 and April 4, 9 and 16.
FOSA is sponsoring a work day on Saturday, May 13 to help decorate the monastery for our Wesak celebration. A reminder email will be sent as the day approaches.
The Friends of Shasta Abbey Quarterly Report – November, 2016
The Friends of Shasta Abbey held our quarterly board meeting on Sunday, November 13. Both our treasurer and our shop manager recently attended a Quick Books seminar. It requires consistent effort to order and keep track of the gift shop’s changing inventory and to maintain our financial records. Thanks to Laurie for stocking the shop with new and interesting books and other religious items and to Susan for balancing our books despite the many quirks of Quick Books!
The project of hand-quilting a lotus quilt for a fund-raising raffle is well underway, with many people coming forward to prepare and sew quilt squares. Thanks to all of you who are participating, and a special thanks to Anne who has found and purchased the materials and learned to sew the quilt squares especially for this project. Suzanne put forward another fund-raising idea: an auction of artwork and other items or services that members of the Sangha might want to donate to raise funds for projects that would benefit our lay and monastic community. We will be exploring this project in future meetings—stay tuned! And FOSA is sponsoring a work day on Saturday, December 17 to help decorate the monastery for the holiday season. A reminder email will be sent as the day approaches.
With gratitude, Carol Jenkins, President of the Friends of Shasta Abbey
Officers: Carol Jenkins – President, Anne Johnson – Vice President, Laurie Ottens – Shop Manager, Susan Place – Treasurer, Suzanne Kane – Secretary, Members-at-Large: Steve Larson, Kirk Yarnell, Marty Sochet, Monastic Advisor: Rev. Master Daishin Yalon.
CURRENT WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Help at the Buddhist Supply Shop with sales, inventory, accounting and more by contacting Laurie Ottens.
Join a FOSA Board committee or donate your time to an ongoing project by contacting FOSA.
Make a tax deductible donation toward any current or future project by contacting FOSA
For further information on current FOSA activities or purpose contact FOSA Board President, Carol Jenkins.
Successful FOSA projects include the purchase and installation of hot water heaters for Abbey buildings; the purchase of a log splitter for the monastery; improved lighting in the monastery kitchen; expansion of the lay and monastic libraries; fundraising for the building of 12 new meditation screens for the Buddha Hall; and the beautiful new Segaki banners.