In 2022, MZMC completed the renewal and revitalization of our building on the shores of Bde Maka Ska, after a long process of visioning, planning, and fundraising. The changes to the building allow us to better share the dharma, and many beings will benefit! There is unlimited gratitude, on behalf of all beings, to the many folks who donated to this effort financially, or gave their time and effort. We now have a new, larger zendo to meet in when we return to the building, on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. The new zendo has a fine view of Bde Maka Ska and the back yard, as well as a simple, elegant design, and good light and ventilation. We also added a basement area under the new zendo, added two handicap-accessible bathrooms, redid the front entrance, and replaced the stucco and windows in the existing structure. View photos of the new building:
Background In June 2019, we celebrated the unveiling of our "Open Hearts — Open Spaces" campaign at MZMC. This was the public kickoff for our campaign to better share the dharma through renewing and revitalizing our building by the shore of Bde Maka Ska. Architect Rick Okada shared his aesthetic philosophy and vision for the renovation. Co-guiding Teacher Ted O'Toole shared thoughts on current progress and goals for the capital campaign to raise funds for this effort, as well as how the campaign will contribute to a solid foundation for helping people to transform their lives through meditation for generations to come.
Due to the great generosity of our members and friends, we raised $584,000 in the capital campaign to make improvements to our building and better serve the sangha. This is the most money that MZMC has ever raised. It enabled us to meet our three goals of stewardship, expansion, and accessibility.