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.

Belmont Zen Center is incorporated with the state of Ohio as a non-profit, and has been approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501-c-3 organization. A box for donations by check or cash is located at the Center. Donations are also welcome via our PayPal account, or through Venmo (@belmontzen).

Since the operating expenses of the Center are limited, the intention is that the bulk of monetary donations will be earmarked for a local community action project, under the Taego philosophy of “one temple, one virtuous activity.”

SPECIAL PROJECT: We are supporting Neighbors Helping Neighbors in their efforts to reduce period poverty in the local area. Click here for more information and to donate.

We also 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 Temple.

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center is Wheeling, WV provides a variety of services to communities in the Ohio Valley on both sides of the river. Providing labor and financial support to the Neighborhood Center is BZC’s service project for 2024.

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 welfare 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.