Still Mind Zendo's 20th Anniversary Silent Auction?
All of the items below will be available for bidding at Still Mind Zendo's 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 6th.?If you'd like to purchase an item in advance, at the value price, please email email@example.com and indicate which item you'd like.?We'll email you with instructions for how to pay and pick up your item. (Shipping not included in the prices below.)
If you'd simply like to make a donation to Still Mind in support of our next 20 years, please click here. We appreciate your support!
Clothing and Accessories
From fourleafshop.com, this chic dress is handmade by an artisanal designer in Japan. Made of 90% cotton and 10% wool, it's one size that easily fits sizes 2-8. Length: 18"
Value $120; Minimum bid $48. Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This smart, fun, canvas and suede cross-body bag features an adorable panda print that is only noticeable up close. From the Japanese importer fourleafshop.com, the bag has an interior of 100% cotton and the zip closes to perfectly fit an iPad or small laptop. Dimensions: width 11.5, height 10.
Value $52. Minimum bid: $21. Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
This Henna bag from India, made of cotton, is beautifully embroidered with a graceful pattern of sequins. It has an inside zippered pocket.
Value: $50. Minimum bid: $18. Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Classic hardcover edition of The Book Of Tea. Written in 1906 by Japanese philosopher and art expert Okakura Kakuzo, it offers illuminating essays on art and spirituality. The book not only explores Zen and Taoism, but also the secular aspects of the tea ceremony and Japanese life, emphasizing how the Way of Tea teaches many things above all, simplicity.
Value: $12? Minimum bid: $4? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Jean Seiwa Gallagher, Professor of English at NYU and senior student at SMZ, has authored three collections of poetry. All three books are in this set, and will be personally autographed by the author.
Value: $45. Minimum bid: $19. Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A set of three books from Wisdom Publications, publisher of Sensei Janet's 2012 book. The books in each set are:
On Zen Practice, by Taizan Maezumi and Bernie Glassman
The Hidden Lamp, edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon
Novice to Master, by Soko Morinaga
*Note: we have 3 sets to offer for bid. Please indicate:? 6. Set #1; 7. Set #2; 8. Set #3
Value: $48 per set;? Minimum bid:? $19 per set.? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
This custom cherry wood-framed poster of birds is from the Asia Art Collection at the Seattle Art Museum. It measures 40? across and 24 high.
Value: $300. Minimum bid: $119. Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A rare and valuable piece of Zen art: framed horizontal calligraphy by Suga Gendo Roshi (1919-2005), a Zen teacher, painter, and tea master. This original piece of Zen calligraphy reminds the reader that ?Ordinary Mind is the Way. This piece previously hung over the entrance doorway to Still Mind Zendo?s sitting area.
Value: $300. Minimum bid $142.? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
?This Day is a Good Day?? ? and it is! With this work of Zen calligraphy you will have a daily reminder. Hanging vertically, this original scroll was hand-scribed by Torin Soen Ozeki Roshi (1933 - ), abbot of Daisen-in Temple in Daitoku-ji, Japan. Daisen-in was the temple of Rikkyu, the founder of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, as well as the home of famous Zen rock gardens. The scroll comes in its original autographed storage box.?
Value: $150. Minimum bid $90. Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Six photographs by Bruce Kennedy
Signed, original photographs by Bruce Sengan Kennedy , a senior student at SMZ. Photos are 8???x 11 color prints (with one exception) and all of them come framed.
Value: $50 each. Minimum bid: $19 each. Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
15.? What Color is the Wind? (Seven Meadows Farm)
16. Know for Sure; Clearly Realize (Seven Meadows Farm) 8x8 square
An unparalleled experience in NYC: a two-hour cruise aboard the Clipper City with a live jazz band. You and a friend or loved one will sail NYC harbor and see its lights on any Wednesday night of your choice from June through September (9:45 pm departure).
Value: $120. Minimum bid: $64. Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
19. Hot air balloon ride
Float for an hour above the tree tops and below the clouds. When you land, celebrate with a champagne toast. Ride can be taken close to home or on vacation. Choose from 200 locations; ride can be taken anytime in the next 12 months. Provided by FundraisingRides.org, a division of Soaring Adventures of America. List of locations at the auction.
Value: $200. ?Minimum bid: $76. Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Stay two or three nights in the Vermont home of SMZ member Carrie Abels. Located near downtown Montpelier (Vermont?s small-town capital), this comfortable and roomy house is a short drive to ski areas, hiking trails, and farms, and within walking distance of Montpelier?s quaint shops and restaurants. You and up to six people will have the house to yourself; it has a guest room and two other rooms with beds. Winning bidder will work with Carrie to pick the best weekend for both parties. A perfect getaway!
Value: n/a Minimum bid: $125. Advance purchase open to SMZ members only; bidding open to all at April 6 party.
A weekend retreat in a most peaceful, beautiful place just two hours north of NYC in the Hudson Valley. The Abels are graciously donating use of their 1890 farmhouse for a bed & breakfast stay (breakfast cooked by Sensei Janet!) Spend two nights and three days on the 67 acres that make up Seven Meadows Farm, where there are trails, a babbling stream, weeping willows, and a swimmable pond. A car is necessary if you?d like to visit area hiking trails, rock climbing opportunities, or the nearby arts community of New Paltz. Stay is for 1 to 3 guests, using single beds in the upstairs rooms. (*Note: this stay is in the main farmhouse, not the cottages or, of course, the barn.)
Value:?n/a? Minimum bid: $145.??Advance purchase open to SMZ members only; bidding open to all at April 6 party.
Whether you're new to it or already familiar with it, Focusing has the potential to transform how you live forward in your life. Julia McEvoy, LCSW, is a certified Focusing Trainer with the Focusing Institute, as well as a senior student at SMZ. During the sessions she is offering, Julia can help you recognize a ?felt sense? of situations in your life, listen with open attention in a way that accesses your body wisdom, and experience something new and fresh within. The sessions can be either in person or by phone, and can take place at the convenience of both parties.
Value: $250. Minimum bid: $108.?? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A rare opportunity to learn the Chinese practice of Qigong with Michael Hopkins McComiskey, who served for many years on the board of the National Qigong Association and is affiliated with the Center for Complementary Medicine at NY Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, where he teaches. Michael is offering a space in his 6-week Introductory Series (Wednesdays from 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm). Classes are at NYMH Medical Pavilion Building in Park Slope, Brooklyn (263 Seventh Ave., between 5th and 6th streets). More info: www.brooklynqigong.com
Value: $95? Minimum bid: $48. Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
?The Good Hour, a 70-minute full-body massage at Lush Spa (61st Street and Lexington Avenues, NYC). Inspired by rugged sea shanties, The Good Hour is a full-body deep tissue massage that evokes a sense of being taken out to sea and back again, all in one very good hour. This intensive massage helps release pain and tension.
Value: $180. Minimum bid: $64.? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A private, one-on-one yoga class (or a class with a small group of your friends) led by Kirstin Broderick, an RYT200 certified yoga teacher and member of SMZ.
Value: $90? Minimum bid: $38.? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Finding Your Right Livelihood: Three 60-minute coaching sessions (by phone or Skype) for anyone who wants to find a better job, change careers, or develop a consulting practice. Offered by Neal Griebling, a Zen chaplain, life and career coach, and founding member of Still Mind's Pittsburgh affiliate, Plum Blossom Zendo: www.pittsburghcareercoach.com
A 90-minute private lesson (for 1 or 2 people) in Shakyo, the practice of mindful sutra transcription, with Mayumi. Shakyo of the Heart Sutra (in Chinese characters) is a mandatory practice at many Buddhist temples in Japan. No prior experience necessary. Discover how to combine your mindfulness practice with a structured artistic form.
Value: $90 Minimum bid: $36Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Food and Drink
Herbal Eau de Vie artisanal Hawthorn Brandy, handcrafted and brewed by Sam Perry, apprentice herbologist and SMZ member. 750ml.
Value $48? Minimum bid: $19? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Herbal Eau de Vie artisanal Love Potion #9? Brandy, handcrafted and brewed by Sam Perry, apprentice herbologist and SMZ member. 750ml.
Value $48? Minimum bid: $19? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Herbal Eau de Vie artisanal Elderberry Brandy, handcrafted and brewed by Sam Perry, apprentice herbologist and SMZ member. 750ml.
Value: $48? Minimum bid: $19? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
From Satya Jewelry comes this sterling silver, double-chain necklace, featuring the moon on one chain, the sun on the other.
Value: $80? Minimum bid: $29 Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This crystal broche flower shines with a potpourri of colors, depending on the light.
Value: $50. Minimum bid: $19.? Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
This fun and dressy Charter Club necklace and earring set is gold plated, with imitation bling that sparkles better than the real thing. The chain is 14 but comes with a 2 extension.
Value: $25. Minimum bid: $9.? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This exquisite heavy crystal decanter, hand-blown in Ireland, stands 7? inches tall and is a timeless gift for any wine or bourbon connoisseur.
Value: $125. Minimum bid: $56. Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
An heirloom collection of small Swarovski crystal animals, including a toucan, an owl, a pig, a butterfly, and a teddy bear, among others. Pieces are in perfect condition, and are between approximately 1 and 2 in size.
Value: $310 for all;? Minimum bid: $164? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Your name immortalized by adding it to the bottom of a Still Mind Zendo meditation mat (zabuton). Comes with the knowledge that more importantly you helped pave the wave for the next 20 years of Zen in NYC.
Value: $40? Minimum bid: $16. Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Small, Sunbeam microwave oven (.6 cubic feet).? Great for college students, small apartments, guest rooms, etc. ?White; used only six times; comes in original box.
Value: $70. Minimum bid $24.? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A comfortable folding chair with a high back, deep sling seat, adjustable head rest, and cup holder. Good for car or family camping, outdoor concerts, or relaxing in the backyard or deck. Folds into a carrying case. Black; lightly used, with some wrinkles from being in folded storage.
Value: $47 Minimum bid: $16 Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Vintage Ikebana Moribana vase in white ceramic.
Value: $40? ?Minimum bid: $18? Or buy now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
From LOccitane en Provence, a packaged and wrapped gift set of a Verbena Candle and matching room spray.
Value: $45? Minimum bid: $16 Or buy now by emailing email@example.com
Thanks to all of our many donors for their generosity!