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Why Donate to Southern Palm Zen Group:
A Special Message….
Important for the Sustenance of the Southern Palm Zen Group
From the Blue Cliff Record:
A monk asked Master Yunmen, “ What are the teachings of a whole lifetime?
Yunmen sadi, “An appropriate act.”
A Dogen scholar was recently asked what he felt was the most important part of Dogen’s teaching. The scholar/teacher replied “Sangha.”
For me, the beauty of Sangha lies in the opportunity to live in “belongingness.” When I look at many of the reasons that could arise for practice, the one that always stands out is this connection to participating in the world with others who are traveling in the same direction wherever they are.
You have been supportive of this “belongingness” through your participation in the dharma/practice aspects of the Sangha and your financial support.
This letter is the first , in our 15 years, written to ask for assistance in maintaining the presence of the zendo and our now large, prison sangha. (A list of prison related functions is attached.)
Our rent at the UU is nearly $6000 annually. We have outlays of several more thousands for various ongoing expenses not least of which is support of visiting teachers, administration and supplies. Our prison program for 2011 required over $15,000 to accomplish its goals.
In the spirit of Master Yunmen, examine for yourself what an “appropriate act” would be to allow our activities to continue. You can donate by making a year-end donation now or indicating that you will be making regular contributions during the year.
A PayPal link is below and contribution forms are available at the zendo. The Southern Palm Zen Group is a non-profit 501(C-3) corporation so donations are deductible.