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Blue Heron Zen Community
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Seattle, WA 98103-1003
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The Dharma is free. The value of the Dharma is infinite.
Waking up to the Dharma is not difficult; also it is not easy.
How then, can we give thanks for these Dharma teachings?
Bowing, we express our gratitude for the bright mirror wisdom
we have just received.
Importance of Dana: Dana is one of our core Buddhist practices. From the beginning of the original sangha, monks went on daily alms rounds. If they came to a house and were turned away, they had to go back to that same house the next day. At times, that may have been uncomfortable for both parties, but it reinforced that this practice is not so much about two individuals, but recognizing the fluid nature of generosity and gratitude.
Who is giving? Who is receiving? If we wake up to the truth of this moment, we can see for ourselves that the universe is fully open, generous and free-flowing without reservation. The first step is to be aware that we’re already on the receiving end of vast unlimited gifts. So dana is the practice of seeing that truth, and responding in kind.
Students may wish to offer gifts as an expression of gratitude for our teachers’ offering of the Dharma. Since we wish to avoid any undue influence that dana might have on the essential student-teacher relationship, all dana intended for the teachers will be received anonymously.