Hinotori Zendo - Almround 2020/21
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 TAKUHATSU (托鉢)
Welcome to Hinotori Zendo's virtual alms-round (49 days crowdfunding, which takes place annually from December 3rd to January 20th). Hinotori Zendo is a non-profit oriented organisation built on a vision to foster collective awareness and compassion in the world through guidance of each individual toward realisation of their original nature.
On December 3, 2019, Hinotori Zendo started the first digital alms round, in which modern methods (digital) and traditional principles (lay support for committed monastic efforts) are combined. Takuhatsu takes place annually and last for only 49 days, which gives and additional spiritual meaning.
Takuhatsu is a traditional Zen Buddhist practice of generosity (Dana), that should be understood as mutual give-and-take practice, whereby, the Buddhist monks and nuns sacrificing their life to all who need it by offering their time, presence and knowledge wholeheartedly, while the lay people exercise their generosity by offering their trust and support through volunteering and donations.
Thank you for helping Hinotori Zendo provide a refuge for everyone.
Work of Hinotori Zendo is running continuously and without any break already 4 years. This gives everyone the opportunity to start practicing from where they are at that moment on their personal path, and to continue the journey at their own pace.
In order to help others to conquer life difficulties , stress, emotional pain and suffering or to improve their health, well-being and personal maturation, various programs, workshops and courses are developed in Hinotori Zendo . Alone the production and execution of the programs that are tailored to different needs takes a lot of time and effort. However, this is even surpassed by offering newsletters, blogs, audio and video recordings or face-to-face conversations and instructions.
Since Hinotori Zendo follows Buddhist principles, classes are largely discounted or free for most people. Only through the generosity of those who donate for the received teaching, Zendo's work could continue. In fact, without mutual support there would be no places that offer practice of inner silence in the world. The same holds for Hinotori Zendo too, that rejects commercialism and instead, takes traditional Buddhist approach of getting funded through virtual alms rounds and donations. However, the almsgiving has unmeasurable importance not only for maintaining the independence of Hinotori Zendo, but also because it is a sign of trust in the teacher's work. Each donation indicates that teaching is reaching someone's heart and that offered support is welcome. This is why donations are received with extraordinary gratitude, and honour.
TAKUHATSU AND GIVER
The donation to the monk or nun enables the giver to tame own ego by showing respect and thankfulness for the teaching and received guidance. By giving, one unknowledges the selfless life of the monk / nun who strive for the welfare and liberation of all living beings, understanding that only with the support of donors can the nun / monk dedicate her life to this task.
TAKUHATSU AND RECEIVER
For the monk/ nun, the alms round is also a reminder of the uninterrupted co-dependency of everyone, and an opportunity to practice correct receiving, whereby great respect for received donation is manifested regardless of the amount of donation, or background and reached spiritual level of the giver. In addition, each alms raises the monk's awareness of the presence of his own ego, making the donation a powerful tool and the donor a respectful teacher, that further polish the monk's mind.
WHAT ARE THE DONATIONS USED FOR?
The oblations will be used in 2021 for:
Travel expenses of the teacher to the host locations
Teaching, guidance and practice via Virtual Zendo
Recording of audio and video teachings
Doka Foundation project
You can make a donation of your choice whether or not you are practicing in Hinotori Zendo, and whether or not you want to associate a donation with a reward (Merit 1, Merit 2).
MERIT - 1
MERIT - 2