My name is Jikan Daniel Anderson. I am a novice priest in the Tendai tradition of Buddhism, as well as a graduate student and part-time teacher. I lead a growing community of Buddhists in Arlington, Virginia, called Great River Ekayana Sangha.
I have been invited to participate in the Fifth Lay Buddhism Forum in Seoul, South Korea, on the topic of Monasticism and Lay Buddhism. This is a first-rate opportunity to learn and share the Buddhist teachings with a diverse and experienced group of participants, and what I absorb from it will benefit our Buddhist community for the long term.
The good news: the Chongji Buddhist Organization and the South Korean Ministry of Culture is covering all my expenses for this trip, including lodging while in Korea, except for my airfare from Washington, DC to Seoul.
This is why I am asking for your help: I need money (or a great abundance of frequent flier miles) to get there.
I have three goals for this event: to report my experience learning and teaching the Buddhist way in North America to an international audience, to learn from the experience and knowledge of others around the world, and more broadly to serve the cause of compassion across cultures.
If I cannot make this trip, then a great opportunity for growth and development for our community is lost.
What We Need & What You Get
My airfare budget is $2200 US. This covers my flight and airport coffee from Washington, DC to Seoul, South Korea in mid-October. If donors would prefer to share the tens of thousands of frequent flier miles it would take to make the flight happen, this would also be greatly appreciated and warmly accepted (please contact me by email for specifics). The rest of my expenses for this trip are already covered.
Any funds raised in excess of my direct travel expenses will be donated to the Great River Ekayana Sangha account, and used for the following purposes in order of priority:
*To cover our monthly rent to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, where we meet each week
*To purchase practice materials, photocopies, texts, and the like
*To subsidize retreats at the Tendai Buddhist Institute in upstate New York for sangha members who cannot otherwise afford to travel for the teachings
*To develop a fund to eventually purchase property as the sangha's permanent home in northern Virginia.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cannot donate yourself, but would like to help, please spread the word as best you can.