Sarasota Zen Center’s Mission
The purpose of Zen Center is to express, make accessible, and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. The ideals are based on the example of the Buddha and guided by the teachings and lineage of the Soto School as conveyed to us by our founder, Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka- Roshi, and other Buddhist teachers. Our central value is to express the non-duality of practice and awakening through the practice of Zen and the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. Zen Center acknowledges and values equally the expression of the practice in formal settings and in daily life; thus, we affirm both lay and monastic practice as expressions of the Bodhisattva Way.
Vision Plan Guiding Principles
Continuing the late Reverend Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-Roshi’s Way
We will ensure the strength and vitality of the Zen Center’s core Zen practice offerings, maintaining our ability to train and establish Zen teachers by continually enhancing our ability to provide a supportive and effective residential training environment. In this way we will embody and express the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha and carry on Matusoka- Roshi’s vision of Zen practice, for the benefit of all beings.
Creating Access, Connection, and Opportunity
Over the course of the coming years we will build on our more than 78 years of Buddhist teachings by the late Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka- roshi by responding to the needs of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex world by developing Zen programs and extending our ability to be a quiet, yet powerful force for a better world. We will continue to find new ways to offer Zen practice to an ever-widening circle of practitioners, providing improved access, opportunity, connection and support.
Committing to Long-Term Sustainability
To continue to offer the practice of Zen Buddhism and to extend access to these teachings, creating practice opportunities for future generations, will require that we provide for Zen Center’s long-term facilities, infrastructure, and systems needs in ways that are sustainable, efficient, and in alignment with our core values. As stewards of our practice center we will need to take consistently practical, appropriate and far-sighted steps to secure the long-term financial well-being and stability of the organization.
GOAL #1. Clarify Zen Center’s Teacher Training Program
GOAL #2. Create an Inclusive, Effective, Diverse and Sustainable Employee and Residential Environment
GOAL #3. Enhance our Ability to Provide Zen Buddhist Practice to a Wider Audience of Practitioners
GOAL #4. Secure Long-Term Financial Well-Being of the Organization
GOAL #5. Steward our Land, Buildings, Facility Infrastructure, and IT Systems in harmony with the earth and our environmental values.