For 24 years the Cincinnati Zen Center, a 501(c)3 nondenominational religious organization, has provided the space and a community in support for Zen Practice—the endeavor of looking directly into this human life so that all beings may be free of suffering. We provide a number of programs in this endeavor, but have limited capacity today due to space constraints.
Will you help CZC continue to meet the needs of our community of practice in the next phase of our Center's history?
HISTORY AND GROWTH
Formed in 1994 as an affiliate of the Furnace Mountain Sangha, CZC sangha has continuously grown in attendance and the programs it provides.
In 2007, the Cincinnati Zen Center moved to its current location on the corner of West Eighth and Enright Ridge. In the years since this move attendance has increased at regular practice, retreats and workshops. This has been accompanied by the addition of programs such as Introduction to Zen, Beginner's Practice, Meditation for Kids, Enso, Zazenkai and additional regular practice sessions on Sunday and Thursday. We also support the Lebanon Prison Sangha at the Lebanon Correctional Institute and the Dayton Prison Sangha at the Dayton Correctional Institute.
CZC's current facility is a small storefront in East Price Hill. It lacks space in the mediation hall, as well as adequate kitchen and restroom facilities to host events for more than 20 people. When the center exceeds capacity, this results in waiting lists and the need to hold events more often.
In addition, CZC is limited in its ability to support local community needs. Beyond the need for capacity for its current programs, CZC has a long-term goal to house overnight retreat guests, with the potential for one or more future residents.
In 2011 the CZC Board of Directors decided to begin working toward the purchase of a larger facility. Because we are an urban Zen center the new facility should be within the Cincinnati Interstate 71 – 75 corridor. Based on local real estate costs, CZC needs to raise $200,000 to purchase and renovate a building. In 2018 the capital fund for this project had reached $59,500, which is 30% of the needed funds.
Although it would be ideal to raise the entire purchase price, CZC will consider other opportunities to acquire property. Our vision includes partnering with a local Community Development Group to identify suitable properties and also allow us to support our neighbors in the community.
Other requirements for the new Center includes proximity to public transportation and a highway corridor in Cincinnati, appropriate zoning and off-street parking. We also require a large meditation hall, a private interview room, multiple restrooms, and a large kitchen. For a list of all the Center's requirements please see our CZC Building Proposal.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are launching a 5-year capital campaign to raise $141,000. Your donation may be tax deductible. Every gift helps CZC get closer to moving to a new facility!
Over a 5-year capital campaign this how your gift can help:
There are multiple options for making a donation. You can pay online. You can choose to make one-time or monthly payments. Another option is to complete an online pledge form and pay with cash or check.
Locally you can drop off checks with “Capital Campaign” in the memo line in the donation box at CZC or mail checks to Cincinnati Zen Center, 3647 West Eighth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45205.
For more information please email us.
Thanks so much for your support!
Cincinnati Zen Center is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Religious Organization
3647 West Eighth Street, Cincinnati OH 45205
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