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
May 20, May 21, May 28,
June 4, June 24 and June 25.
The Friends of Shasta Abbey Quarterly Report – March, 2017
We held our most recent board meeting on Sunday, March 19, just at the beginning of Jukai, the Taking of the Ten Precepts Retreat. At the end of Jukai, retreat participants had the opportunity to shop for books, meditation cushions and other items that would support them in their continued practice. The gift shop is an offering to new and old Sangha members alike. Thank you to our shop manager!
Our Treasurer, Susan Place, announced that she would like to step down from that office, both for health reasons and to be able to help Laurie in the shop. We are deeply grateful for her years as Treasurer; she has done a wonderful job. And we are extremely fortunate that another long-time congregation member, Beth Gong, former President of FOSA and someone who was instrumental in setting up our organization, has volunteered to take Susan’s place. Again, we are deeply grateful.
On other fronts, the quilting project is going well. Anne Johnson, who has collected quilt squares from volunteers and has sewn several herself over the last few months, is getting ready to learn how to put them all together for a lotus quilt which we will auction as a fundraiser. Suzanne Kane is also looking into other fundraising auction ideas.
Finally, we planned our next workday for Saturday, May 13 to help the monastic community get the Abbey ready for Wesak. We hope to see you there!
With gratitude, Carol, President of FOSA
Officers: Carol Jenkins – President, Anne Johnson – Vice President, Laurie Ottens – Shop Manager, Beth Gong- Treasurer, Suzanne Kane – Secretary, Members-at-Large: Susan Place, 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.