Meditation cushions & bells for Orchids & Bones Zendo

This campaign is about purchasing meditation cushions, bells, instruments so that a day long meditation retreat can take place on March 22nd.
Robert Yorga
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
1 Team Member


My name is Yudo Robert Yorga and I am the founder of a zen community in Minneapolis, Minn.

The zen community is called Orchids and Bones. I chose orchids and bones because they epitomize the qualities we are trying to manifest in ourselves, grace, beauty, gentleness, strength, and structure. 

I began formal practice in 2007 with my first sesshin or week-long retreat. In 2009 I met my zen teacher, Junpo Denis Kelly and I immediately saw the value of his teachings. Emphasizing the importance of awareness training so that we truly understand the information buried beneath the surface noise of our emotions. We are able to transform ourselves and our relationships by meeting each moment with increased clarity and understanding. 

I have been working with these teachings for about four years now and want to bring this to my hometown of Minneapolis. I established Orchids & Bones in February of 2013; we meet weekly for meditation and discussion. A number of people have suggested a more intensive period of meditation and this brings us to the zazenkai or day-long meditation retreat.

The Campaign

To host a day-long retreat I need about five more sets of cushions or zafus/zabutons and an inkin or bell to begin and end zazen or a meditation period. I have bought a few sets of cushions already and I would like to get more as our community is getting larger. 

So this is what I will spend the funds on....

  • 5 sets of zafus/zabutons
  • An inkin bell
  • If I raise an additional $1500.00 we will be able to buy a big bell for morning service
  • If I raise a lot more than $2500.00 I will be able to buy more cushions, more instruments, and also do more outreach.

What you get for your money

  • You will know that you are helping a super worthy cause by increasing awareness and emotional maturity in people's lives.
  • There are some nice thanks you's over in the column on the right.
  • You will be directly helping of a day-long retreat happen on March 22nd.
  • You will be helping the long-term ability of this group to help others

Other Ways You Can Help

  • You can share this campaign with your friends who you think might want to help, thanks!

More info on Mondo Facilitation here, and my life coaching here.

More info on Hollow Bones here, and my community here.

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$2,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on March 3, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Ten Spot

    Thanks for pitching in, every bit helps. I will give you a shout out on our website.

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $20USD
    20 Bones

    This helps a lot, I will give you a shout out on the website and an introduction to meditation that I teach.

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD

    I will give you a shout out on our website and two introduction to meditation classes.

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    The Yogi

    A shout-out on the website, Two meditation classes. Also an Orchids and Bones t-shirt when they are made.

    2 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $200USD
    The Bodhisattva

    You get the shout out, two meditation classes and your choice of a mondo facilitation or a 60 minute life coaching session, plus the t-shirt.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $500USD
    The Joy-Giver

    A shout-out on our website. Two meditation classes. Three 60 minute life coaching sessions and a mondo facilitation, a hoodie or t-shirt when they are made.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $1,000USD
    The Big Lebowski

    You get the shout out, three meditation classes, five 60 minute life coaching sessions and a mondo facilitation, plus the t-shirt or hoodie when made.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $5,000USD
    The Sage

    This includes all of the perks from the Big Lebowski, and a retreat with Hollow Bones, depending on scheduling. Does not include airfare. I will join you wherever the retreat is and show you the ropes. We do them in Wisconsin, California, Colorado, and also in the Netherlands. Just throwing it out there if anyone is curious. Sounds like an adventure!

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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