The custom of dana–translated as generosity–is at the heart and core to Buddhist practice. Dana is considered to be the first of the six perfections of ethical practice. It is the heart-opening gateway to the five other practices, one that diminishes the acquisitive impulse – greed, deepening liberation from the clinging that causes mental suffering.
Dana practice is a path to and expression of the realization of inter-connectedness.
This essential gift from the heart is essential to practice of compassion, empathy and kindnesss.
What will Great Tree look like in 10 years? in 20 years?
We can imagine many things , of course, and only Time can tell what that form Great Tree will assume, but one fact remains — for Great Tree to grow deeply and flourish requires sustained support from many, the work of hands and hearts and minds — together. Many hands lighten the load.
Because we are able to imagine and make that shared vision a reality, Great Tree exists purely as an exercise of imagination, right effort and dana — the generosity of heart-felt gifts. Great Tree is the manifestation of Teijo’s vision and dream and also a real place in time with real, practical every day obligations that need to be met to support and sustain that vision.
Ways You Can Help – Help Grow our Community through Service
- Explore our calendar and visit Great Tree — find a programs, events and that fit your schedule.
- Make a monthly or annual pledge Sustaining Great Tree
- Volunteer time for work-projects and learn more about work as practice and service
- Learn more about Grow Great Tree, our capital campaign to preserve the future for everyone.
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Donations and Dana made without restriction or conditions are allocated to our Operating Fund. These support and sustain the entire range of programs, expenses and overhead for Great Tree and help us meet our obligations
You may choose to indicate your intent and restrict funds to specific use.
- Residents’ Dana – Dana for Rev. Munnich, Chimyo Atkinson – we will pass it along to them.
- Practice Support – help us freely share the practice through scholarships
- Program Support – help underwrite some expenses – gift of supplies, everyday supplies, travel costs
- Building & Grounds – in 2011 we took on developing an over view of the property in order to assess current and future needs. Here is a copy of the Site Plan developed at that time. We are currently researching improving the road and extending it so that we have better sight lines, improved parking and solving safety issues. Our building, hand constructed in 1984 needs some long delayed maintenance and repairs.
Help Sustain Great Tree and set up a pledge plan or make a single gift. Click any DONATE button in the right sidebar.
Monthly pledges go a long way in helping us meet our facility overhead: phone, communications, building loan, supplies, maintenance, regular landscaping and repairs. They help support meeting our residents needs. Your pledge can give us a strong foundation on which to build and help plan for the future with ease.
Great Tree Temple alone cannot provide assistance for individuals and may reach out to our Sangha to join hands by sharing some of their burden on their path. We offer our deep appreciation
If you would like to help, please let us know. The road to Great Tree is critical to ensure safety and well-being for all who visit.
You may checks in their name to: Great Tree Zen Temple, 679 Lower Flat Creek, Alexander, NC 28701.