Hinotori An - Almround 2022/2023
This digital Takuhatsu does not have the power of the regular Takuhatsu but it is still an important part of the Zen practice. It teaches us that we are all dependent on the same emptiness, that we are all homeless. That our giving and our receiving are one and the same act. The spiritual act of Takuhatsu reminds us where our real treasures are and that the begging bowl and the hand that fills it are always empty.
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ABOUT HINOTORI AN TAKUHATSU (托鉢)
Welcome to Hinotori An digital alms round.
On December 3, 2019, on the occasion of Doka sensei's birthday, the first digital round of almsgiving was launched, combining a modern approach (digitalization) and traditional principles (Dana practice).
Takuhatsu was introduced primarily to support Hinotori students and visitors in understanding the essence of generosity and gratitude. The practice is accompanied by additional symbolism through a 49-day duration aimed at motivating practitioners and donors to contemplate the transition from birth to death to birth.
Digital Takuhatsu is held once a year from 3.12. - 20.01.
Since everyone comes into this world with an authentic combination of biological traits and karma, and is born into an environment that places obstacles, large or small, on the way to fulfillment, the support needed will always be specific to the state in which one currently is.
Therefore, if your path leads you to Hinotori An, perhaps because you are looking for something without knowing exactly what, or you are drawn to the directness and purity of Zen practice, you will also become a program creator. Namely, the programs offered in Hinotori An are constantly evolving to support the different needs of visitors and students. Such an approach requires a high level of egoless awareness, and continuous work imbued with compassion and devotion.
But even the most sacred work cannot be done without the necessary resources.
Because the practice of Dana (generosity) is one of the key principles on which Hinotori An was built, until 2020 the practice was either donation-based or free. Unfortunately, the economic volatility that has worsened during the pandemic has not only seriously hampered the work of all small businesses, including Hinotori An, but has also reduced the flow of donations. As a result, I have been forced to close free classes from mid-2020, increase teaching fees and limit travel related to social initiatives.
However, even if the proposed tuition fees are still below the calculated operating costs, I am aware that many people cannot afford them. As such, for all who show sincerity, discipline and commitment to practice, financial support is continued through encouraging discounts and the occasional free consultations.
Social programs remain free.
However, without the generosity of practitioners, visitors and patrons, this approach is almost impossible, which is why fundraising through digital Takuhatsu is also one of the ways to bridge the financial gap. Namely, while digital Takuhatsu has the primary purpose of cultivating generosity and gratitude and is therefore considered a practice, its financial value is not negligible.
Hence, your participation in this digital alm round is important, but it goes beyond the material. It is also a sign of trust, showing that the effort had been fruitful, and that the offered support has reached someone's heart.
Therefore, any donation you make over the next 49 days will be received with the utmost gratitude and honor.
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