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Buddhadharma : Winter 2009
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 09 52 see a large decrease in attendance, maybe 15 to 20 percent. But so far it’s looking like it will be about half as bad as that, maybe 6 to 7 percent. On the fundraising side, there is more uncertainty than usual. Major donors, giving anything over twenty thousand dollars, have pretty much all said to us that they have to wait until the end of the year to figure out what they might be able to give. They’re waiting to see how their portfolio is doing. Right now, we’re projecting about a 25-per- cent drop. Some people who have been quite generous over the years were seriously hurt by the market drop and I don’t think they’ve recovered. On top of that, the number of people with the wherewithal to pay us the full cost of a program has gone down. We instituted a gen- erosity policy last year that has three levels of payment. This year we hardly see anybody choosing the full price, a few people choosing the medium price, and most people choosing the lower price. SuSan O’COnnell: Interestingly, we made a conscious decision not to lower the prices at Tassajara. It didn’t make sense, given our vision of increasing our capabilities. Instead, (portraitsclockWisefromtopleft):elizabethvigeon;meiyaWender;r.a.heckler;brianspielmann(topleft)elizabethvigeon;(topright)marchamel 52 (portraitsclockWisefromtopleft):elizabethvigeon;meiyaWender;r.a.heckler;brianspielmann(topleft)elizabethvigeon;(topright)marchamel BOB AGOGLIA is the executive director of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. He began attending IMS retreats more than thirty years ago, and has served on its board of directors since 2001. EVAN KAVANAGH is the executive director of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He started practicing Insight meditation in 1995 and has taken part in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. JON BARBIERI is the executive director of the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. His professional background is in workforce development, strategic planning, and management consulting. SUSAN O’CONNELL serves as vice president on the board of directors of San Francisco Zen Center. She began Zen practice in 1987 and received priest ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1999. She has lived at all three of SFZC’s practice centers: City Center, Green Gulch Farm, and Tassajara. Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts jaycerenner