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By Laws of

Atlanta Soto Zen Center
A Not-for Profit Corporation

The principal office of the Corporation shall be located in the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia. The Corporation may also maintain offices at such other places as the Board of Directors may, from time to time, determine.


Section 1- Purpose. Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, and educational purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code, or the corresponding section of any future tax code. The specific purpose of this corporation is as follows.

The purpose of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center is to express, make accessible, and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. These ideals are based on the example of the Buddha, and guided by the teachings and lineage of the Soto School as conveyed to us by our founder, Michael Elliston, Roshi, and other Buddhist teachers. The Atlanta Soto Zen Center acknowledges and values equally the expression of practice in formal settings and in daily life: thus we affirm both lay and monastic practices as expressions of the Bodhisattva Way.

In order to fulfill this purpose, the Corporation may engage in any and all activities not prohibited by the laws of the State of Georgia or the United States of America to acquire and administer funds and property which, after payment of necessary expenses, shall be devoted to religious, charitable, or educational purposes.