In a new letter posted on the San Francisco Zen Center blog, SFZC president Susan O’Connell has announced that “guest season will not reopen this summer” at SFZC’s Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, due to the ongoing threat posed by California’s raging wildfires. The closure itself, too, represents a challenge. Writes O’Connell:
While we do have business interruption insurance, we are projecting a potential loss of revenue of about $400,000 to $500,000. Our insurance will likely not cover this entire amount. We will be updating you in the coming weeks to let you know how we as a community can get through this financially devastating time. If you’d like to donate to the Tassajara Fire Appeal right now, please visit here. (In the comments section, please note that your donation is for Tassajara).
O’Connell closes her letter:
Fire has been and will continue to be a part of the life of Tassajara. She is a great teacher of the practice of impermanence.
We all practice in one way or another with the changing circumstances of our lives. We offer our compassion to those who have lost homes or who have been affected by the many fires in the state of California. We also want to express our deep gratitude to our thousands of firefighters who work so hard to protect us.
Read the full letter here.