|I’ve been noticing that in our culture money is a demon. It’s like death or sex in that way; it’s untouchable and it needs to be touched, appreciated, seen; it’s a matter of coming into relationship with it— it’s a place where reality meets the kindness of the teachings. We’re working hard to make PZI sustainable and so I’m reaching out—please reach back toward us and make a donation. Together we’ll be investigating the money demon. I’ve come to think of fundraising the way I think of koans and the Zen path—I keep company with the problem and give my whole heart to it. Then I ask honestly for what we need in order to keep going.
Our goal is $100,000, which is what we need in order to meet the year to come.
So here’s your part: Just for this moment, think of what the teachings mean to you and give your whole attention and heart to the question. Consider how generous you can be, because this is what makes it possible to do what we do. Now…make a donation, or join us as a member, making a monthly commitment. We are grateful to be able to do this work. Your contributions keep us going. It’s a way to embody the Dharma. And we can practice for those who do not have a practice or who are too hard-pressed.
I went through cancer treatment again this year; it was a good meditation, lying in an MRI at UCLA and being radiated: “Who is hearing these clanks and whistles? Who is hungry, who is tired, who is afraid?” Later, the old dragon at radiation oncology said the results were “stupendous”. I liked him a lot at that moment. So it looks like I’ll be around and teaching.
As Linji, the founder of our koan lineage, said:
Wherever you are, just take the role of host, and your place will be a true one.