By reason of being originally gifted with the power of giving, one’s present self came into being.
—Zen Master Dogen
Since the time of the Buddha, it is entirely through the generosity of lay people that the monastic sangha has been able to develop and flourish. Donations are a manifestation of the ancient practice of dana, or selfless giving, and are a vital part of making our work possible.
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