Anchorage Zen Community — 2018

  • We are a thriving practice community rooted in tradition and responsive to local needs.
  • Our activities and facilities promote the cultivation of compassion, awareness, and wisdom; we serve as a resource for local individuals and groups wishing to cultivate those same qualities. We apply our practice to helping relieve suffering in the larger community and in the world.
  • Our daily schedule, retreats, classes, and other community offerings not only draw upon authentic teachings, but also draw upon the skills and talents of our members and the greater Anchorage community.
  • We are financially stable, with a consistent and broad donor base. These resources make possible the support of a full-time resident priest, who dedicates his or her efforts to the AZC and its role in the community. This work is performed with adequate administrative assistance, paid or volunteer.
  • Our distinctive campus and architecturally inspiring facilities are well crafted, well tended, and reflect care for the sangha, the community, and the earth. Designed with the practice in mind, these facilities make possible all of the following:
    • Zazen for as many as 75 people at a time (a dedicated space, available all day)
    • Short- and long-term residential training
    • Sesshin
    • Lectures for as many as 100 people at a time (this space is used by visiting teachers from other traditions as well)
    • Child/family-focused activities concurrent with other practice events
    • Life-event ceremonies (weddings, funerals, and so on)
    • Modest on-site family housing
    • Other community offerings deemed to be in accord with our general vision (as determined by the sangha: yoga classes, psychological counseling, martial arts classes, Sunday school, cultural and arts education)
    • Honest inquiry into Buddhism and Buddhist practice, for all who are interested.
  • Our agreements and processes are clear and trusted.
  • Our internal and external communications serve as meaningful points of contact to the teachings and practice for members and non-members alike.
  • We are a diverse multi-generational community staying connected with those who have participated in our journey.
  • We serve as a resource to rural sanghas throughout Alaska and host practitioners from throughout the world.
  • We are a respected model in the ever-evolving world Zen community