Myoshinji Building Renovation Project

Dear Friends and Members of Great Plains Zen Center:

The meditation hall is the place that calls us to come, sit and awaken.

We are writing to ask you to donate to our fundraising campaign to upgrade our practice facilities at Myoshinji, our rural retreat center in Monroe, Wisconsin. Regardless of your participation – whether you have attended one workshop or practiced with us over many years, we invite you to participate now by donating to this project, which has blossomed from the hearts and commitment of so many people over the years. Your investment in the buildings that physically support practice directly contributes to the continuation of deep and enduring Dharma practice here in the Midwest.

Since its inception over 20 years ago, the Great Plains Zen Center has been growing and evolving, offering a deeply-rooted Zen training curriculum and at the same time reaching out creatively to serve the diversity of those coming to the practice today. We continue to be committed to providing training for people of all ages and stages in practice and to keeping our facility welcoming and accessible for people who are differently abled. We seek to respect and care for the earth through our prairie restoration program, organic heirloom garden and wise use of energy resources. As a member of the Zen Peacemaker Order, we have joined with other community religious leaders to serve those in need in our community.

In recent years, our retreat attendance has grown, stretching the capacity of our Meditation Hall located in the main building. Our property was purchased with the intent of eventually converting the work building on the property into a meditation hall and the time has come to take this next step. Our main building will continue to provide primary space for many of the center’s functions, including lodging, meal preparation facilities, and flexible use of our current zendo room.

Phase 1 of our renovation project is now complete, and we are entering the second and final phase: to make this building our permanent, year-round meditation hall while maintaining its multiple-use capability. In Phase 2, what remains is to install a roof, heating and flooring at a total cost of $12,950, of which we still have to raise $4,500. Click here to read more about our progress.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to this important project. To make an online donation:

1) Start at the GPZC Dana (Giving) page here.

2) For a one-time donation, click the top “Donate” button, which will open a PayPal payment page (or select the “recurring donation” button).

3) Complete your payment information, then click “Review Donation and Continue."

4) Please click on “Instructions or Comments” and be sure to label your donation as for the Building Renovation Fund and please include your email address.

To learn more about this project and follow our progress, please click here.

We have hosted a number of fundraising events this spring, including a Benefit Concert, a Silent Auction and a full-day workshop called "Exploring Your Inner Path". Thank you to all who participated.

We hope you will join in helping us achieve the realization of these goals. Whether your donation is large or small, you will be helping the Zen Center grow in its capacity to serve people who seek the Dharma.

With deep bows and appreciation,

Rev. Myoyu Andersen, Roshi
Guiding Teacher, Great Plains Zen Center