Governance

Mission Statement


Our mission is to provide opportunities for the practice and study of Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Eihei Dogen and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. We emphasize zazen as our central practice and its application to everyday life, with a focus on social and environmental justice. May all beings be free from suffering.

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors meets monthly to oversee all business including property and financial management, our goals and objectives, ongoing community concerns, and teacher review. Board members serve for two years.They are elected by the membership each year to ensure a minimum of five Board members. Candidates must have been members for at least one year. Current Board members are: Michael Quam, President; Wayne Hawkins, Vice-President; Barbara Madaras, Treasurer; Linda Derksen, Secretary; Rose Brewster, and Lindsey Holm.

Practice Committee


The Practice Committee (PC) meets monthly to make decisions about forms and practices, and sets the yearly teaching schedule. The PC is comprised of the Head Teacher and the Zendo Manager, plus a minimum of five appointed representatives. Representatives must have been members in good standing for at least two years.  Each member serves a two-year term. Current members are:  Eugene Bush, Head Teacher; Rose Brewster, Zendo Manager; Paula Arrowsmith-Jones, Beverly Filip. Ann Greenwater, Alex Kantner, and Milli Quam.

Members and Friends


Membership

Anyone may be admitted to membership in Arcata Zen Group by completing a Membership Form. There is no membership fee, but financial pledges to support and sustain our activities are encouraged.  Membership must be renewed annually. 

Members elect the Board of Directors, vote on major sangha issues, have library privileges, and can be placed on our contact lists. Membership is not required to participate in sangha activities. Members have a responsibility to contribute to the ongoing functioning of the sangha through participation in our practice offerings, learning zendo roles, serving on committees, and/or through other volunteer work practice.  Please contact us if you would like a Membership Form.

Friends

Anyone can be a Friend of Arcata Zen Group by completing a Friend Form annually. Becoming a Friend allows those interested to stay in regular contact with us by being placed on our mailing lists. Friends may not elect Directors, or serve on the Board of Directors or Practice Committee. Please contact us if you would like a Friend Form.

Donations


Donations of time and financial support are essential to offering the Dharma to our members as well as to our larger community. We strongly encourage the practice of dana or generosity. Donation boxes are available at the entrances. The Arcata Zen Group is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Branching Streams


Arcata Zen Group is a member of the Branching Streams Network organized by the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). This is a mutually supportive network of connection, cooperation and support between SFZC and other Soto Zen organizations in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. It has 60 member sanghas in seven countries. Membership allows us to share our experiences with and learn from other sanghas in our tradition. Branching Streams, a forum for information about available opportunities, meetings, teachers, and news of similar programs, is a considerable resource for our small sangha.