$10, $25, $50, $100... Thank you!
March 05, 2016
BENEFITING: Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation
"Like all good deeds, an act of giving will bring us happiness in the future, in accordance with the kammic law of cause and effect taught by the Buddha. Giving yields benefits in the present life and in lives to come whether or not we are aware of this fact, but when the volition is accompanied by understanding, we can greatly increase the merits earned by our gifts."
-Susan Elbaum Jootla
I would like to briefly touch on the benefits of donating from personal experience and include a brief teaching from Rinpoche at the bottom of the page on generosity.
I have been practicing generosity for a few years now. My experience has primarily been donating time to organizations and individuals. I have found that donating has given me an greater sense of well being, diminished my ego, and reduced my mental stinginess.
As recently as this past year I made the leap to donating money. While I have only donated a few hundred dollars over the past year it has been meaningful for me. I have a greater sense of community and giving has reduced my irrational fear of never having enough. I have been able to observe my mind and see that I can be quite selfish and stingy at times. I have realized that stinginess reinforces my sense of self and generosity makes me feel connected and reduces my suffering.
We would like everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the project, We are aware that many Sangha members are students, and young people starting new paths in life so we are taking a “grassroots" approach to raise the money needed. We need to raise $5,000 to hire an electrical contractor and buy lighting and necessary electrical supplies. If 200 people donate $25 we will easily reach our goal. I will start out the fundraiser by donating $50 so we will need 198 donations of $25. Feel free to donate more or less depending on your abilities. Thank you!!!
"What I'd like to mention in today's message are a few points that apply both to the mundane world and the spiritual path.
Whatever the circumstance may be there is such a difference between people who gather merit (or positivity) and those who do not. What's meant by 'accumulating merit'? Firstly, to be able to cultivate compassion. To have an altruistic motivation and to do things to benefit others. To help people in an appropriate way such as giving advice, and likewise to be generous, disciplined, to develop patience—to develop these kinds of qualities and do things with a pure, sincere wish to help.
Moreover, someone who regards themselves as a Buddhist should 'make offerings upwards and practice generosity downwards' meaning that one should make offerings 'upwardly' to our objects of refuge, the buddhas, our spiritual teachers, and the sangha, the community of practitioners. Similarly, you should give 'downwardly' to sentient beings. So make offerings and practice generosity like this on a regular basis.
It is through these kinds of actions (done with a pure motivation) that one gathers merit, and the result of this is that you will encounter fewer obstacles and hindrances in this life (whether they be outer, inner, or secret), your aims will be fulfilled, and things will go smoothly for you."