The Practice of Giving
Everything is empty, so helping other people is possible. Nothing can hinder you. At that point, your moment-to-moment job becomes clear: every one of your actions is truth, and it completely connects with the suffering of all beings. “How can I help? ” “How can I help? ” This is our human job. This is the truth. This is the complete way, the true way, the big way. Compassionate action is not some idea or action. It is universal substance itself.
– Zen Master Seung Sahn
When our mind is open and free, being generous is easy. When we are thinking and checking, we have what Zen master Seung Sahn calls a “not enough mind” and being generous is difficult. Zen practice means opening our mind completely so that it is wide like space, able to give and accept freely without hindrance. As we practice and become more open, our actions naturally become generous and genuine, supporting ourselves, others and our community. The practice of generosity is the first of the Six Paramitas in basic Buddhist teaching. We can give through our practice, service, offerings and donations, and support in any form that can be shared.
How the Gateless Gate Zen Center is Supported
As a charitable organization under 501(c)(3), the Gateless Gate is supported solely by the generous donations of it’s community and friends.
How to Make a Donation
All donations are tax-deductible and can be made out to “Gateless Gate Zen Center”
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Check, money order, or gifts can be sent by surface mail to :
Gateless Gate Zen Center
1208 NW 4th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
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