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.
Friends of Shasta Abbey Brochure
The Buddhist Supply Shop will be open December 17 and December 31, 2017.
On Sunday, November 12, the FOSA board gathered for its quarterly meeting. Beth Gong, our new Treasurer, was able to attend in person and was welcomed by all. She led a discussion about FOSA’s financial wellbeing, something we have all been watching closely. Since we are a very small organization, with a small budget, negative changes in our account can cause concern. It seems as though we are doing ok, though we are looking into ways to reduce costs, such as trying to lower our insurance premiums.
Beyond maintaining a reasonably balanced budget, our primary mission is to express gratitude to the Sangha by volunteering our time. For example, many people in our congregation volunteer their time to keep the shop open as an offering to everyone, including retreat guests who are grateful for the opportunity to purchase items that help them bring what they have practiced at the monastery into their daily lives. Laurie Ottens is doing a wonderful job keeping the shop stocked with new and interesting items, as well as tried and true ones. We help organize two workdays each year, one before Wesak to help decorate the Abbey, and the other in Autumn to help ready the monastery for Winter. And when we can, we help fund projects that benefit both the lay and monastic communities by raising money, as we are planning to do by raffling a quilt that was made by many. All of these offerings are only possible because of the generosity of the entire Sangha.
With gratitude, Carol, President of the Friends of Shasta Abbey
Officers: Carol Jenkins – President, Anne Johnson – Vice President, Laurie Ottens – Shop Manager, Beth Gong- Treasurer, Marty Sochet – Assistant Treasurer, Suzanne Kane – Secretary, Members-at-Large: Susan Place, Steve Larson, Kirk Yarnell, 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.