Our Dream for 2014-2015
Join all of us at Tse Chen Ling, Lama Zopa and the FPMT. Be a part of this well overdue dream!
PLAN: “Buy the Building”
TCL has proven to be a successful Center for over 20 years. For all these years, we’ve lived within the constraints that come with rental and lease agreements. At this point, our finances are in order and our landlord is willing to sell us the building we are presently leasing. We have reviewed the feasibility of this purchase with our bank and they are committed to working with us in achieving this goal. Our karma has ripened!
Our present day building: 300 JULES AVENUE
Our modest meditation, prayer and practice hall covers 1,700 sq ft. and can accommodate over 80 students at one time. Built in the 1920’s, the stucco building was well cared for by a once active Baptist congregation. The building is situated in the picturesque and peaceful Ingleside neighborhood of San Francisco. We are neighbors to the prestigious Stratford Private School and Saint Emydius Catholic Church. We are close to several colleges and a rapidly growing business district on Ocean Avenue. Public transportation is just one stop from our front door. It’s a great place!
Our generous landlord is willing to sell for approximately $500,000; this is well below what the building would sell for on the open market. It’s an excellent price compared to similar structures within a 1 mi. radius. And, with an additional $75,000 we could cover all fees and related costs, plus make some modifications to our public restrooms.
How we can Buy the Building
Plan A: Raise a minimum of $250,000 to cover our down payment. This would help us obtain a bank loan for the remaining cost and it would also keep our mortgage rate significantly low, possibly even lower than our present rent.
Plan B: Raise a grand total of $575,000. This would allow us to live without a mortgage and be free to invest more into building our organizational infrastructure and our program. Also, it would allow TCL to consider the realization of
Plan C: Buy the Building and add a Second Floor. With approximately $799,000 we could buy our existing single story building and activate plans for the construction of a second floor. Although this could be a long term goal, the possibility has already been discussed with our Board and various contractors. TCL’s members have always dreamed of being able to add new classrooms, house our visiting teachers, offer more than one class at a time, add a children’s program, and more.
Our Time Line: making this dream come true will depend on how soon we can raise funds, this will involve a series of requests for donations, fundraising events, applying for grants, auctions and other creative forms of fundraising still in the making. The answer is, “the sooner the better.” Realistically, we would like to purchase before the end of 2015 in order to take advantage of the offer and low interest rates.
How YOU can help us make our “Buy the Building” dream come true:
TCL has survived for over 20 years thanks to the generosity of individual donors who have understood the real blessings that come from practicing generosity and from supporting the precious Dharma. If you have not considered donating to an organization which helps others lead better lives and in turn helps to change the world, now is the time. We invite you to be one of the thousands of people who’ve come through our doors and have left with the imprint of the precious Buddha Dharma.
Your gift, no matter how big or small will make a huge difference in helping us realize our plans. To express our thanks for your donation of $5,000 or more, you will receive a special gift. For donations of $10,000 or more, you will receive a special gift and your name will be engraved on a plaque on the side of our building as an inspiration for others to practice generosity.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, has blessed us with the Seed Money!
Lama Zopa has generously donated $10,000 as seed money for our Buy the Building campaign. Please join Lama Zopa Rinpoche in this endeavor by following his example.
Please consider becoming a:
1. Long Life Donor: $10,000. If 25 people offer ten thousand dollars we will raise our down payment of $250,000 and move forward with Plan A!
2. Skies of Bliss Donor: $50,000. Five donors at this rate would make Plan A come true sooner rather than later!
3. Oceans of Wealth Donor: $100,000. Two to six donors at this level would help us realize Plan A, B, and maybe even activate Plan C.
4. Immutable Diamond Donor: $500,000, or more. With just one or two donors at this level, TCL would be well on its way to becoming the jewel of San Francisco.
5. Precious Lotus Donor: Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated. Even the donation of a few dollars brings mountains of blessings to those with a sincere heart.
To Donate: You may write a check directly to Tse Chen Ling Center, at 300-302 Jules Ave., San Francisco CA 94112. Or, go on line to make a direct payment via our website. Please be sure to enter “Buy the Building Fund” in the project designation box.
If you encounter any problems donating, please call our center at
If you wish to meet with someone regarding your donation, please contact Teresamia Navarro who will be happy to assist you. She may be reached at email@example.com. Or contact Lisa Nystrom at 415 535-1905.
All donations are tax deductible. TCL is a 501c3 organization.
Tse Chen Ling’s financial affairs are conducted in a responsible manner consistent with the ethical guidelines put forth by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, as well as local and federal regulations. All donations are used for the purposes for which they have been designated by the donor and any alternate uses are prohibited unless permission is granted by the donor. With a proper tracking and accounting system in place, we do all we can to create positive karma and to avoid the creation of any negative karma. All our books are reviewed and maintained by a professional accountant and bookkeeper.