Buddhist Retirement Center


San Francisco Zen Center announces “Zen-inspired” retirement community:



Just because I was curious, I looked up the project, and they do not publish costs, as the project is in its zoning and pre-development phase.

However, the project is in Sonoma County, California, where the wine country land is costly (Wiki: Healdsburg: The community is known for its high-end shopping destinations and art galleries ) . The project itself looks to be oriented toward the very affluent. I wanted to see what other Kendal projects were like, and found this: MoneyGauge - myLifeSite . It’s a similar project (maybe even far less affluent) in Oberlin, Ohio. I plugged in some basic info for a hypothetical middle class American, and this message came back: This preliminary assessment shows that we may not currently offer an option that aligns best with your finances, but we may be missing other relevant details.

“Enso Village will offer daily meditation in our zendo, and dharma teachings in our community hall,” a representative of San Francisco Zen Center told Lion’s Roar. “Since there will be around 20 retired San Francisco Zen Center Teachers in residence, we expect that they will be available for practice discussion with those who are interested.”

Not a bad gig. ( I wish there was a universal font that suggests cynicism and sarcasm…)


Fascinating. That is innovative business and potentially supportive of monastics, who might (?) be hosted by the development itself as a charitable contribution.

Daily sittings, classes, practice groups, lectures and workshops will be available, although there will be no obligation to practice. There will be a meditation hall and retired Zen teachers will live in the community. In addition, it is anticipated that willing participants besides staff members (residents, for instance) will be trained in the practice of contemplative care.

Homes for “mindful aging” … with fellow retired millionaires.


Great idea, but no thank you.