Description of Organization
Great Mountain Zen Center, located at Maitreya Abbey, is a Buddhist Meditation and Retreat Center with the purpose of promoting the practice of Zen Buddhism by providing opportunities for meditation and study of Zen Buddhism as well as to engage in charitable and religious activities that further the main purpose. Activities include daily meditation practice, intensive meditation retreats, classes and talks on Zen Buddhism, and charitable service to the community.
In 2007, a grant in the amount of $15,000 was awarded to promote and advertise “The Great Heart Way” publication.
In 2005, a grant in the amount of $15,000 was awarded to develop and refine the material to be used to create a book, “The Great Heart Way,” a non-sectarian publication on the principles and practices of the American Way of Zen. The publication was written by Zen teachers Ilia Shinko Perez and Gerry Shishin Wick with materials drawn from their years of experience with small groups of advanced students.
In 2003, a grant in the amount of $31,750 was awarded for support of its program to develop new teaching materials uniquely suited to train Zen practitioners and other meditators in an American context. By training new teachers and by writing and distributing books about its teaching process, the Great Mountain Zen Center hopes to attract new interest to Zen practice, including interest from those in the health, education and mental health fields.