Dear STO Disciples,

I hope everyone is doing well.

On behalf of the STO Board of Directors and the entire STO Sangha, I would like to share the following urgent need and fundraising effort to support our Abbot.

We have begun a Car for Sensei Fundraising effort to provide a reliable automobile for our Abbot Taiun Elliston Roshi.

As you all know a reliable automobile is essential for our guiding teacher in order to travel to our STO training center at ASZC, travel to affiliate centers in the south east in order to lead retreats, to provide continued training to practice leaders, and provide transportation to the Watershed Retreat Center when retreats are held there, as well as being required for daily living activities such as shopping, etc.

In light of the fact that his present automobile is nearing the end of its functionality, including imminent transmission failure, we have begun a Car for Sensei fundraising campaign so that a replacement automobile may be provided by February 2017.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of February, 2017, to provide reliable transportation for our Abbot. We have already raised $3,500 from 4 initial donors. Please be as generous as possible to keep the work of the STO going strong in 2017 and beyond. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Please reply to this email and indicate how much you would like to contribute for this effort and follow by sending your Car for Sensei donation check to the following address.

Zenku Smyers, 25364 Old US Highway 93, Dayton MT 59914

Or you can also go to our STO web site at to donate and indicate that it is for the Car for Sensei effort.

Happy New Year to All.

Thank you very much for your support of STO.


STO Board of Directors