Zendo Remodel Completed!

Dear friends,

We have great news. The Zendo remodel is complete!


As you can see, the results are both subtle and dramatic.  There’s a much greater feeling of spaciousness, harmony and attentive craftsmanship.  Yet the sense of quiet purpose is very much the same.  When people step inside for the first time, their reactions are a mix of big smiles, soft exclamations and sudden desires to sit until next spring.  We’ve even been able to bring up Roshi, who assessed its presence with an approving, “Fifty more years.”

Most importantly, the Zendo now is solidly anchored to the rocky slope for the first time in its more than 50-year history.  Inside, the low, flat ceiling has been opened to a vaulted space, and the ancient linoleum replaced with a cherry-surface floor.  Walls are insulated and new, double-pane windows installed to make the Zendo warm in winter, and multiple fans will pull out hot air and create a breeze in summer.  Outside, the Zendo looks largely unchanged, though both sagging porches have been replaced with much sturdier versions.

We’re immensely grateful to the 137 people who have donated to this project so far; your names appear below.  Mount Baldy Zen Center couldn’t possibly have made this important, necessary shift without your help.  On behalf of our extended sangha, we deeply thank you.

This sort of project ordinarily is done by raising all funds before prying out the first rusty nail.  In this case, though, we didn’t have the luxury of waiting.  Between Roshi’s 105 years, the Zendo’s safety issues and impending snow, we needed to move ahead without full funding.  To date, we’ve received $44,000 toward the $90,000 cost, leaving $46,000 to go.


Please consider joining this meaningful effort by giving what you can. If you’ve already done so, we ask that if possible, you give a little more.  If you haven’t yet contributed to the Zendo, please offer a donation if you’re fortunate enough to have the resources.

We know the timing is difficult given the weak economy, the presidential election and the pain of Hurricane Sandy.  Please consider, though, that this isn’t one more noisy, hollow fundraising campaign.  The Zendo is now a worthy vessel to carry Roshi’s Rinzai Zen practice and teachings into the future.  It also can cradle the wider sangha of Tibetan Buddhism, aikido, yoga and other practitioners whose workshops we’re honored to host.

This is the last Zendo appeal we’ll make.  And while we have no doubt that your generosity will manifest its own rewards, we’re not above more secular means.  Roshi kindly agreed to let us put his calligraphy of the Zen founder Bodhidharma on a mug. We’ll be happy to send one to each of the first 25 donors.  Please just let us know if you prefer black or white.


To donate, send a check to:

Mount Baldy Zen Center

PO Box 429

7901 Mount Baldy Road

Mount Baldy, CA 91759

Or scroll to the bottom of this page for the Paypal button.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to those of you who have donated, and to those of you whose donations are forthcoming.

Alastair MacLennan
Alice Short
Amina Macleod
Angela & Judd Dunning
Anne Marie Jackson
Arin Allen
Barbara Ro
Barbara Sullivan
Barbara & Mike Mulcahy
Bernard O’Brien
Bhikshuni Lozano Trinlae
Bill Flynn
Bodymind Integrated (Marvin & Kathy Traeger)
Britta Lindgren
Charlene Owen
Charles Siemers
Chips Charles Towle
Chizo Charles Wagner
Danny Poore
Davetta Williams
David R. Park
David Radden
Doan Bruno Schabarum
Doshin Sanja Andjelkovic
Douglas Doerr
Douglas Goodkin
Dr. Chu-Hsiang Chi
Dylan Raithel
E’cho Sirotnik
Edward Wright
Eric Bergemann
Eshin, Myorei, & the Zen Center of Vancouver
Espen Ore
Frank Malinowski
Fred Mostrom
Fred Newman
Freda Eidman
Gabriel Lucero
Gary Stevens
Gendo Allyn Field
Genko Mark Hurwitz & Carrie Eckstam

Gento Steve Krieger

George Bowman
Gerhard Urban
Goran Nilsson
Gyodo & Reiko Shapiro
Har Prakashkhaka
Henry Coffey
Hogen Herbert Harter
Hosen Christiane Ranger
Ira Gladnick
Jacob Butula
James & Valerie Reeves
James Houle
James Spira
James Stockus
Jefferson Creek
Jim Hallenbeck
Jodo John Candy
John Carbone
John Cline
John Iler
John McClellan
Joni Cooke
Jose Goico Jr
Joseph & Elisa Atwill
Joy Summers
Julia Liebeskind
Kendo Michael Moscoso
Keye McCulloch
Kingsley Hines
Koshin & Soshin Cain
Koshin Michael & Kate Miciak
Kyonen Jim Gordon
Laura Stone
Lawrence LaFlamme
Leonard Pinto
Leslie Roberts
Linda Tesar Amimato
Lisa Hubler
Luis Melodelgado
Mack C. Lindsey
Marcyn & Richard Clements
Marie Mazur
Mark & Margaret Faurer
Mark Byers
Mark Faurer
Mark Robison
Mary Ellen Cimillo & John Lightner
Michael Farrand
Michelle Bekey
Mike Collins
Molly Rockey
Myoko Susan Aldea
Myoren Kumiko Yasukawa
Nancy Parker
Nancy Wing
Nora Haen
Patricia Mushim Ikeda
Patrick Mair
Paul Humphries & Susan Crozier
Paul Langlotz
Peggy Moore
Peter Crawley
Randall Belford
Rebecca Cutcher
Renee Walker
Richard Flamminio
Richard Parra
Rita Valencia
Ritva & Christopher Sangdahl
Robert Pettersen
Robert Vaughn
Roderick McGrew
Ron DeVries
Ruth Parker
Sasaki Roshi
Seido Larry & Shuko Pam Clark
Seisen & Seiun Quintero
Sentha Sivabalan
Shinkai Marie Navarre

Soiku Roland Grassmueck

Stephen Bruner
Stephen Fischer
Stephen Reisman
Steve Noriega
T.S. Arthur
T.W. Malinkowski
Teido William A. Stephens
Timothy & Delight Lane
Val & Leslie Veirs
Wayne Rice
Wen Hsin
Y.C. & Lancy Ying
Zuigan-ji Monks



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