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December 23, 2014

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Generosity and Gratitude

“Of the four methods of guidance of a bodhisattva, the first teaching is giving, or dana. Dana is the first perfection—dana paramita. That gives you the feeling for the importance of generosity,” says Senior Dharma Teacher Zenkei Blanche Hartman.

L-R: David Zimmerman (Program Director), Blanche Hartman (Senior Dharma Teacher), Djinn Gallagher (Meditation Hall Manager), and Jennifer Orr (Senior Development Associate).

L-R: David Zimmerman (Program Director), Blanche Hartman (Senior Dharma Teacher), Djinn Gallagher (Meditation Hall Manager), and Jennifer Orr (Senior Development Associate).

Blanche was the first woman abbess at San Francisco Zen Center, and her involvement with Zen Center started in the late sixties. Since then and to this day, Blanche makes donations to Zen Center and participates in the activities that generate revenue for this beloved place. “Dana includes financial support and participation,” says Blanche. “It is the fullest kind of return for investment in practice.” She continues: “When we practice, we feel very grateful for our practice—and I feel that generosity and gratitude are very close companions.”

During this season of giving, please remember the teachers, staff, students and facilities of Zen Center that rely on your support, and make a financial contribution today.

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Gratefully,
Jennifer Orr
SFZC Senior Development Associate

 

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  1. Cynee Gillette Wenner
    Jan 2 2015

    dear friends at Zen Center, how I love seeing my Sangha News each week on my computer. My relationship to you is so special and you all have a very special place in my heart. I know an end of the year contribution is important, as well as appreciated, however what I give on a monthly basis is what I can manage—-I only wish there could be more. And I wish, as well, I were closer and able to see you all, City Center, Tassajara, and Green Gulch MUCH more often. My sincere best wishes for everyone, in all these special places, for this New Year of 2015.
    much aloha, Cynee

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    • Jennifer Orr
      Jan 5 2015

      Dear Cynee,
      Thank you so much for the lovely message! Your support of Zen Center, whether through membership or by reading Sangha News and connecting online via this blog, is much appreciated! It is so wonderful to hear from Sangha members near and far.
      Sending you warmest wishes for a wonderful 2015,
      Jennifer

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