The good news is that we are halfway to reaching our goal of $8,000 for replacement of the picture windows.
The great news is that a generous benefactor has stepped up with a matching grant challenge for the remaining money.
From now until the end of the windows campaign, for every dollar donated, one dollar will be matched by our friend.
So, if you have been putting off donating, this is the very best time to chip in and make your money really count..
Two large windows which cover nearly a whole wall of our common room have badly deteriorated and need to be replaced.
The Zen Center of Pittsburgh (ZCP), is a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple founded in 1999.
We are located just thirty minutes north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on fourteen secluded acres with stunning views of the Western Pennsylvania forest. All are welcome.
ZCP is committed to develop and maintain a sustainable membership-based organization for the purpose of:
· Soto Zen Practice and study for both lay members and novice/trainee Priests
· Soto Zen Religious Services and Events
· Educational and Cultural Programs and events that serve to nurture balance and harmony in the lives of individuals and the Community-at-large.
The mission of the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, Deep Spring Temple is to provide for the Transmission of the Buddha’s teachings and to preserve the Soto Zen Lineage through the practice and study of Soto Zen Buddhism. ZCP is first and foremost a place in support of The Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha by emphasizing the importance the Buddhas’ Teaching in our everyday life
The Zen Center of Pittsburgh(ZCP)/Deep Spring Temple is housed in a former family residence attached to an original log structure built in the 1930s that served as a barn which is now the community room/study for the Center- the remainder of the building consists of 12 seat meditation hall, resident and guest quarters, etc.
Typical for most Buddhist Temples we are funded and otherwise supported by temple members and friends With the generosity of all those near and far, as well as revenue from classes and programs, etc. the Zen Center has been able to meet the financial obligations of the fiscal year operating budget e.g. mortgage, essential maintenance, etc.
For most of the twenty-year history, ZCP functioned as a charitable religious organization. This year we applied for an were granted 501c3 status which allow us wider fundraising avenues such as GoFundMe that were available to utilize under the “Church” designation alone.
Campaign scope: Window Replacement
Nearly the entire length of one wall of the Community room consists of two large windows (see picture). These windows have all but deteriorated beyond repair and will need to be replaced.
Our goal is to honor the current design guided by energy efficiency, durability, and safety considerations as criteria. We have received estimates for suitable replacement windows that range from $8,000- 12,000.
Dovetailed with this effort is our intention to engage with the Pittsburgh Foundation as well as the History and Landmark Foundations to gain technical and monetary assistance to better understand the global scope of work required to restore this historical religious property for future gernerations.
“ (1) assess the current condition of a historic religious property and recommend a building maintenance and restoration plan; (2) conduct architectural and engineering studies or energy conservation audits; (3) and give advice on working with an architect and contractor…..” to help guide us as we plan for the repair and restoration of the structure overall.
We hope this Capitol Campaign and other similar efforts will help us preserve and improve this place of refuge and recovery in support of all who visit and practice here present and future.
Zen Center of Pittsburgh Board of Directors