Dana is Sanskrit for “offering.” In Zen practice it is the first Bodhisattva practice, a practice of heartfelt gratitude in response to what comes to us. The Floating Zendo sitting group, according to our tradition, practices Dana by offering a friendly safe place for ongoing meditation practice with no dues or fees, and depends entirely on Dana in the form of donations arising from students’ generosity and gratitude.
Contributions help to support our teacher, and cover rent of the Meeting House on Morse St., a working cash fund for our Sesshin and scholarships, the website, and publications (such as our newsletter). Occasionally we contribute to other Zen Centers, in the Soto tradition. With donors’ permission, we will acknowledge future contributions over $50 in our newsletters. Donations are not tax deductible.
You may make donations by cash or check at Tuesday night zazen, or by mail. At the Friends’ Meeting House on Tuesday nights, the two baskets on the counter to your left are labeled “Teacher Dana” and “Expense Dana.” For contributions of “Teacher Dana” please make checks out to Angie Boissevain; please make “Expense Dana”” checks out to “Floating Zendo.”
You may also mail donations to Floating Zendo at:
c/o Wendy Graham
1200 Lick Ave. #306
San Jose, CA 95110