Bring video to Dōgen Institute with a matching grant


Dear Dōgen Institute readers and listeners,

We have exciting news to share in our fundraiser this fall! The Dōgen Institute has received a matching grant from The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism to help enter the world of online video. Our ongoing mission is to provide opportunities for all who are interested in the study of Dōgen Zenji and his teachings. Now, we are receiving significant help towards that mission, and need your support to receive this gift.

Please donate to our effort

Please donate to our effort

As you may know from the Dogen Institute website, we currently offer publications and audio primarily by Shohaku Okumura Roshi about Dogen Zenji, Buddhism, and Zen in general. Okumura Roshi has spent a lifetime practicing and studying Dogen’s teachings, and shares what he has learned through books, articles, posts on our website, audio albums, and soon, with your help, on video.


Video distribution presents certain challenges, which we have been able to identify and propose as a project. We plan to provide videos of Okumura Roshi’s lectures, and other dharma events. We believe the enhancement of video technology may help people to understand and relate to the important, but complex and subtle teachings which Okumura Roshi so carefully explains.

We need your help!

We are very pleased and grateful that The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism has endorsed this project, and is willing to help make it a reality. We need to raise $3,250 or more in order to receive matching funds. Without your help, we won’t receive this grant.

Our vision is to bring these videos to light, and to make them available for people to subscribe to online. As in all our offerings, we hope to have some available free, and others available via paid subscription to help sustain our efforts. We’re excited to contemplate this model, and have further steps in mind if our initial efforts go well. But we can’t do anything without you! Please use the button above on this page to donate specifically to this effort.

Help us, and please contribute today.

With gratitude,

David S. Thompson
Director, Dōgen Institute

If you wish to make a recurring donation, please visit our Donations page, and use the PayPal button there, which will provide you that option.

If you wish to make a donation by mail, please make your check payable to “Sanshin Zen Community,” enter “DI video” in the memo field, and send your check to the following mailing address:

Sanshin Zen Community
Box 1577
Bloomington, IN
USA 47402

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