Governance of Sweetwater Zen Center is the shared responsibility of the SWZC Voting Membership, the SWZC Leadership Circle, and the Board of Directors. Together they work to promote a culture of shared stewardship, as we evolve to break traditional patriarchal power structures and foster the cultivation of collective wisdom. Please see the following documents for details on this vision.
This document, modeled after the Zen Center of Los Angeles Sangha Sutra, presents a thorough investigation of how SWZC aims to create a culture of inclusion, accountability, awakening, and integrity.
Sweetwater Zen Center is organized around the principle of shared stewardship, which is defined by two qualities: cooperative decision making and working together. Operations at Sweetwater Zen Center are organized around a collaborative Circle (committee) structure.