May 22, 2013
Book Sale to Support Zen Center’s Outreach Programs

June 22 – July 1

Twice a year, Zen Center holds a book sale, the profits of which are used to support Zen Center’s Outreach Programs.


Photo by Dana Velden

One such program is prison outreach. We are currently in contact with over 200 prisoners throughout the country to whom we make the written dharma available at no cost. We also connect Buddhist prisoners with free world penpals.

Other outreach projects supported by this sale are Zen Center’s weekly free food distribution, outings with the families from a local shelter, visits to jails, rehabilitation centers and a retirement center. These funds also support the visits from schools and special interest groups, as well as memorial services in residences for the formerly homeless.

How you can help:

  • Come and browse and buy. The prices are great and every purchase helps to serve our community.
  • Consider becoming a prison pen pal. There is an ongoing need for practitioners to reach out to Buddhist prisoners. This is one of the easiest ways you’ll ever find to make a profound difference in another person’s life.

If you would like more information about this program, please contact Outreach Coordinator Jeffrey Schneider at either or 415.354.0379.