June 23, 2012
While we were in Sri Lanka looking at the most amazing physical manifestations of the Buddha’s enlightenment...statues, temples, stupas, wall and ceiling carvings, the question that struck me and still remains is “who constructed these?” and “what inspired them to do this incredible work?”
My misconception was that the monks carved all of the statues but we found out that usually the King (who was a Buddhist) ordered the temples, statues and stupas made by the lay people....craftsmen, artisans and laborers. We read that they were paid and slaves were not used.
Today, in many ways, our life styles are like that of the kings and queens, the scholars, the advisors, doctors, lawyers, and civil servants of that ancient world. Just as in ancient times the lives of the lay and ordained Buddhists continue to be interwoven.
Now, we are the ones who can afford to finance, build and maintain our modern physical manifestations of the Buddha’s enlightenment and teachings. For ZCO these are our Monastery at Great Vow and our Temple at Heart of Wisdom.
Concerning Heart of Wisdom and Great Vow many people have asked me “who has financed this?” and “what has inspired them?”. To the first question, I answer, “the people.” Many people find it hard to believe that we do not have a rich benefactor behind Zen Community of Oregon. We have many people who have given generously over the past years both individually and with matching grants; together we are the rich benefactor.
Once again a generous, long term Great Vow practitioner family has stepped forward and offered a $10,000 matching grant for Heart of Wisdom.
We hope to at least match this amount by the end of July, and perhaps collect enough money to meet our loan obligation for Heart of Wisdom for one full year ($24,000). Can you help us with this? The first $10,000 will be matched by this anonymous donor family.
Please, look at your individual finances and if you are able to and would like to see our Zen Community continue to be a solid and beautiful presence of the Buddha-dharma, send your contributions to:
Or put your contribution in the donation box at Heart of Wisdom or Great Vow; clearly write in the notation that this is for the matching grant.
Any questions? Please call or email me.
With great appreciation,
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple