Our Organzational Structure

Buddham saranam gaccha-mi     I take refuge in the Buddha
Dhammam saranam gaccha-mi    I take refuge in the Dharma
Sangham saranam gaccha-mi      I take refuge in the Sangha.

The cultivation of community, or sangha, is ultimately to commit to the truth of our interconnectedness and interdependence.  The sangha strives to create and maintain a container that provides full support to individual and group practice. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a full range of practice activities.

At ZDS, our sangha is led and supported by those who have declared themselves as members. ZDS has a Board of Directors elected annually from among the membership. Board meetings are held monthly -- generally on the second Saturday of each month at 10:45 am -- and everyone is invited to participate. Minutes of these meetings are taken.

Any decisions that go beyond the routine running of ZDS involve the entire community, and require a super-majority vote of the full members.

Current board members are:

  • Ralph Hurd - President

  • Joann Schultz - Vice President

  • Kim Howell - Treasurer

  • Eduardo Cuellar - Secretary

  • Richard Laue - Director at Large

  • Deborah McMillan - Alternate

  • (currently vacant) - Alternate

In accordance with its status as a charitable organization, the organization of ZDS conforms to a set of formal bylaws.