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  The Kannon Do Expansion Project - A Brief History - Compiled by:Craig HebererOctober, 2002  Kannon Do Expansion Project History Introduction The heart of Zen practice is meditation in a supportive environment. For centuries, monasteries, temples, and, more recently, Zen Meditation Centers, have been instrumental in providing a dedicated space where like-minded people can practice together. Zen Centers now eist throughout the !nited tates. #annon $o has been providing opportunities for contemplative practice for the an Francisco mid-peninsula and south bay for nearly forty years. Today, #annon $o is at the limits of its capacity to satisfy the demands placed on it by the increasing interest in spiritual practice. %hat follows is a brief history of #annon $o, its vision, and what it needs to ade&uately support the practice of a growing community. Haiku Zendo 'n ()*+ uuki-roshi came to the ! from apan and established Zen practice in the an Francisco area. oon Zen practice began to root in several locations throughout the ay /rea. The an Francisco Zen Center was started0 practice communities grew up in anta Cru and 1os 2atos0 and a fledging community took hold in 1os /ltos, located in the heart of what would soon be known as The ilicon 3alley. The 1os /ltos community established a daily practice of  zazen  that was made possible by the generosity of one of the angha members, Marian $erby. Marian insisted that the garage of her home be converted into a meditation hall, or  zendo . uuki-roshi and the angha did the construction. 't had room for seventeen cushions. /s seventeen is the number of syllables in a haiku poem, they named thenew center 4aiku Zendo. uuki-roshi or #atagiri-roshi came from anFrancisco each week to 4aiku Zendo. The lecturesthat uuki-roshi gave on %ednesday evenings wererecorded. The significance of these talks was to beillustrated a few years later when they weretranscribed, forming the heart of the book Zen Mind,Beginner’s Mind  5%eatherhill, 6ew 7ork, ()89:which has sold over forty million copies and hastouched as many lives.- ( - Marian Derbyu!uki roshi at Haiku Zendo  Certain important characteristics eemplified the philosophy of 4aiku Zendo. /ll activities were available to anyone who came, without &ualification. The  zendo was physically accommodating, with movable tans  5mediation platforms: and room for chairs.There were guidelines, rather than hard and fast rules. There was no re&uirement to conform and no financial obligation. / pervasive atmosphere of giving was created throughout the angha. This giving attitude was eemplified by Marian, who prepared aturday breakfasts for the angha and made fre&uent trips to an Francisco Zen Center to drive uuki-roshi or #atagiri-roshi to and from 4aiku Zendo.4aiku Zendo was often filled to capacity. Fre&uently, people had to stand outside the  zendo , unable to ;oin in  zazen . More room was re&uired to meet the increasing demand.'n ()*<, Marian wanted to deepen her practice by leaving 1os /ltos to spend several years at Tassa;ara. he asked 1es and Mary #aye if they would move into her house and become stewards of 4aiku Zendo. They agreed. 1eaving their home in an ose, they moved to 1os /ltos in eptember with their two children.'n ()89, encouraged by uuki-roshi, the students of 4aiku Zendo invited the Zen monk #obun Chino to come from apan to be its spiritual leader. 4e arrived in early ()8( and the practice flourished. 'n ()8*, the City of 1os /ltos discovered 4aiku Zendo and determined that it was functioning as a public meeting place, thereby violating residentialoning ordinances. The city gave 1es and Mary official notice to discontinue 4aiku Zendo   activities at their residence. Fortunately, the city was lenient, giving the angha time to address the situation.'n response, the angha made plans to move and to make themeditation center more accessible to the public. 'n two years, theyraised sufficient funds to purchasethe 2ospel /ssembly Church in theold Castro City district of Mountain3iew. 'n ()8<, 't was transformedinto #annon $o. Kannon Do The gift-giving spirit of 4aiku Zendo etended to the newMountain 3iew location. The angha etensively remodeledthe church. They removed its theater type seats and itslinoleum floor tiles.- = -= #ospe$ Asse%b$y &hurch'fro% (ni)ersity A)enue*#ospe$ Asse%b$y &hurch 'fro% &o$$e+e A)enue*andin+   the ,$d -$oor  They refurbished the underlying wood floor to the condition itis in today and moved awall that separated the  zendo  and angha roomto epand the sie of the angha room. The floor to ceiling windows of the former church were replaced with clerestory windows, providing privacy and an improved environment for zazen . The deteriorating clapboard eterior was stuccoed and the roof was replaced. The neighbors welcomed #annon $o and its members, who added a stabiliing influence in what was at that time asomewhat troubled neighborhood. &onditions Ha)e &han+ed #annon $o has flourished since ()8)0 but conditions have changed and once again more space and a new home are needed. The neighborhood around #annon $o is more fully developed now. %hen the angha purchased the 2ospel /ssembly Church, open orchardsdotted the local area, there were no sidewalks, and gravel etended from the outside wall of the  zendo  to the lot across the street where three houses now stand. The orchards are gone0 the sea of gravel has been converted into streets and residential property. $ue to the lack of off-street parking, #annon $o would not be able to obtain a use permittoday. 'n addition, #annon $o>s ?grandfather clause,@ inherited from the 2ospel /ssembly Church, has limitations that prohibit renovation or repair of the building. / building permit for any activity cannot be obtained, making proper maintenance of #annon $o virtually impossible.The sie of the angha has grown to the point that the building cannot satisfy the demands placed on it. %ednesday-evening lectures fill the  zendo  to capacity. esshins arewell attended and often crowded. 'n une()<<, the angha determined that it needed to epand its facilities. .ision of a ne/ Zen Meditation &enter - A -A -inishin   + the -$oor   Puttin+ up the 0e/ 1a$$     -inishin+ the 0e/ -$oor
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