"Teach this triple truth to all: a generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."- Buddha
Dana: Generosity- Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given. Dana is the ancient Pali word for “spontaneous generosity of the heart.”
Dana supports the Sarasota Zen Center Buddhist Sangha, and also plays a central role in the spiritual life of the dharma practitioner. Generosity is the first of the six paramitas, or qualities of character, to be perfected in the spiritual life. The very act of giving benefits the person who gives, for it opens the heart, lessens self-absorption, and serves the well being of others.
We are called to look deeply at our lives and make a commitment to support a more sustainable future for ourselves and for all sentient beings. If you share a deep conviction that the world needs examples of Buddha’s wisdom and compassion more than ever, by teaching how people can live their lives in a sustainable way, I invite you to make a commitment now and become a financial contributing member of the Sarasota Zen Center if you have not done so already.
108 Malas on a Mission Fund Raising Project
Please Help Support the
Mala Practice Fund Raising Project,
"108 Malas on a Mission"
More than 2,600 years ago, it was the practice of the lay congregation to support monks through donations of food and clothing. Shakyamuni Buddha led his monks each morning in the practice of begging for their daily food. Each day’s offering was received with thanks regardless of its nature or size. In this way the Buddha encouraged simplicity, the generosity of both giving and receiving, and undiscriminating appreciation.
108 malas on a mission
We continue this begging practice by raising support for our work by assembling a mala, or beads that are strung together and worn like a necklace. Each bead represents a person who supports that member’s vision and work, and the entire mala represents the Member’s community of support. This is a practice of giving and receiving. By asking for support from family, friends, and associates, we acknowledge that as individuals, we are limited in what we can do. We depend on the generosity of others to increase our membership, train more dharma teachers, and develop and support more dharma programs. This is one more way in which we bear witness in the interdependence of life.
Another important aspect of mala practice is the incorporation of the ministry of money in our program. The assembly of Malas on a Mission insures that money management and fundraising are not seen as foreign to dharma work; instead, the give-and-take of money is the compassionate, unobstructed flow of energy that nourishes and transforms our activities. Mala practice also gives us the opportunity to share our work with our families, friends, and associates. Most of us lead professional work lives and have families. By raising money for our Socially Engaged Buddhist work within our communities, we publicize its activities, and most important, our own commitment.
Our monthly goal is to have at least 108 SZC Sangha sustaining members donating at the $108 dollars per month level. This amount would substantially boost the Sarasota Zen Center’s long-term sustainability and viability. If you would like to become one of the 108 Malas on a Mission member please click on "108 Malas on a Mission- Benefactor" donation button at bottom of this page.
AS A CONTRIBUTING SZC SANGHA MEMBER, YOU ARE...
Supporting our Dharma Teachers-- Our Zen Center teachers live a life committed to helping others find and live their deepest intentions.
Caring for our Zen practice places-- The Zen Center is a place where people come to slow down, sit down, and discover who they are. Members play a vital part in the stewardship and development of these resources, helping to keep our Zen Center open and accessible to all that come.
Creating a diverse and vital Sangha (community) of practice-- Your energy, inquiry, and enthusiasm are the creative force that helps to shape and to build an open and inclusive community of practitioners from all walks of life. Through your generosity we can keep the cost of programs at a level that make them available to all.
Ongoing Zen Center Offerings: Those who use the services of the Zen Center customarily make donation offerings in approximately the following amounts:
- Group Meditation Services - $5.00
- Private interview with Osho (Dokusan) - $50.00
- Jukai- Five Precept Ceremony- $50.00
- Tokudo- Zen Disciple Ceremony - $200.00
- Lecture - $50.00
- Wedding Ceremony - $200.00
- Funeral Rites- $200.00
- Reverend Thompson is also available for outside engagements in conducting of meditation and lectures on Zen by appointment only.
SZC Donation* Membership Levels and Benefits:
- $10 monthly-- Student: If you live at a distance from our practice centers, but enjoy staying connected through our monthly e-newsletter and the Zen Center Community online, this level may be appropriate for you.
- $30 monthly -- Sangha Member: If you attend our public programs, and occasional classes, workshops, and retreats at any of our three practice centers, this level may be appropriate for you.
- $50 monthly-- Sustainer: If you actively attend classes, workshops, and retreats and have an ongoing practice relationship such as having taken your formal Zen Jukai- Tokudo Precept Vows with a Zen Center teacher, we encourage you to join at this level.
- $108 monthly-- Benefactor: If you would like to provide additional key support in sustaining the financial well-being of Zen Center, this level may be appropriate for you. If you have an ongoing relationship such as having taken your formal Zen Shoken Tokudo- Discipleship Precept Vows with a Zen Center teacher, we encourage you to join at this level. Our three-year goal is to have 108 members donating at (at least) $108 dollars per month. This amount would substantially boost Sarasota Zen Center’s long-term sustainability and viability.
* You can donate to the Sarasota Zen Center Inc., a non-profit corporation (IRS 501 (c) (3) filed) in any amount and as often as you like. Most of our members make a weekly or monthly donation.
IRS 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Status- Your donations to the Sarasota Zen Center Inc. are recognized by the IRS as deductible for tax reporting purposes.
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eBay Giving Works
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