Year-End Donation Letter
Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude -- Dogen Zenji
I came across this quote as I was preparing the year-end contribution letter to the Empty Bowl Zendo. During this time of year, we’re constantly reminded of the core principles of generosity and gratitude and how they enhance our daily zen practice. I think this quote from Dogen encapsulates how these two elements have come together as Sensei Ray and the EBZ Board have tried to support the Sangha throughout this year.
Given the size of our sangha, we have a tremendous number of opportunities to practice: zazen three times a week, monthly zazenkais, and quarterly sesshins (householder and residential). Sensei has also provided Precepts training (a year-long program) and initiated koan workshops with Sensei Carl Bachman; indeed, in reviewing this list, it’s important to remember how fortunate we are to have an opportunity to study with an authorized teacher. Sangha members have also contributed by offering beginner instruction and by organizing calligraphy classes, study/book groups, and the occasional hikes out in nature.
In the spirit of the Dogen quote above, we as a Board have also agreed to increase support of your “continuous practice” by using the funds you’ve generously donated to the Zendo to help defray some of the costs for residential and householder sesshins. This year we provided a rebate to those attending the Garrison sesshin, and we’ve lowered the cost of the upcoming Rohatsu householder’s sesshin. We will expand this financial support in 2017 and use our funds in other ways to increase opportunities to practice in the zendo and in the world.
As you’re making decisions about year-end donations, please consider a gift to the Empty Bowl Zendo to help us continue our work to realize the One Body. Empty Bowl Zendo is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax deductible. You can mail a check to EBZ, or you can contribute online through our website’s PayPal link.
Dale Daigen Spriggs
Empty Bowl Zendo