In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, dana (giving or generosity) is one of the six paramitas (perfections), qualities that all persons should strive to develop in themselves. Dana includes the use of one’s talent, time, and treasure for the benefit of all beings.
At this time Belmont Zen Center has very minimal expenses. It is incorporated with the state of Ohio as a non-profit, but not yet with the IRS. Therefore we do not ask for participants to donate money to the Center. However, we encourage participants to practice generosity by donating to other worthy causes.
Muddy Water Zen Temple is the “mother house” of the Belmont Zen Center. Your financial support helps to underwrite the work of the Center.
Buddhist Global Relief is a non-profit social service agency begun by Bhikkhu Bodhi, a respected American Buddhist teacher and scholar. The organization works in countries throughout the world, with a focus on poverty, education, and opportunities for girls and women.
Tzu Chi USA focuses on improving the well-being of all beings, including basic needs, medical issues, environmental preservation, and education, nationally and internationally.
Tri-County Help Center is a community service agency serving Belmont, Monroe, and Harrison counties in Ohio. They provide a variety of social and mental health services, with a focus on family abuse and domestic violence.
Health Right provides low-cost medical care to residents of Belmont County, Ohio and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.
In the future, the plan is for the Center to incorporate as a 501-c-3 organization, with the bulk of monetary donations earmarked for a local community action project, under the Taego philosophy of “one temple, one virtuous activity.”