There have been questions about the $25,000 Match Grant that has been
offered for downpayment on our new in-town monastery/vihara, with request
for clarification. Thanks for asking.
*Match Grants* are also known as *Challenge Grants*.
In this case, an anonymous donor has pledged to MATCH every donation *you *make
for the new monastery *during the next three months of the Kathina Season*,
dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. This is the donor's CHALLENGE to all the
friends and supporters of our Bhikkhuni Sangha in revival. In this way,
every dollar you donate will be doubled --and every dollar the challenge
donor donates will be doubled too! -- totaling up to $50,000.
The Kathina Season will begin for us on the day of the Kathina and will end
at the end of winter holiday season.
Enormous Anumodana with great thanks to the Challenge Grant donor and to
all who participate. We very much hope this will enable us to offer our
women's monastic community a new in-town monastery/vihara!
If you have further questions, don't hesitate to email our Dhammadharini
(Support Foundation) Board of Directors at this
Great Metta to All
From the Friends of Dhammadharini
PS. If you make a
the Challenge Grant, don't forget to write "Match the Challenge Grant"
(or something like that :) on your envelope, in the Memo line of your
check, or the Note or Dedication line of your electronic donation.
On Oct 31, 2012, at 11:24 AM, Dhammadharini <dhammadhar...@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear friends in the dhamma,****
The traditional holiday season is nearly upon us and many of us are
planning to visit Aranya Bodhi Hermitage this weekend to celebrate Kathina.
As we take this opportunity to enjoy coming together as a community,
spending time with our noble monastics, and enjoying the beauty of nature,
let us take some time to reflect on the meaning of the season. ****
This is the time of the year when we practice generosity, the first of the
Ten Paramis otherwise known as the Ten Perfections. The practice of giving
and what we give is referred to in Pali as *dana. *The Pali word for
generosity is *caga, *which, incidentally, also means "letting go." When we
give dana with true intention from the heart, we are able to let go of our
greed and forget our personal concerns for the moment while we consider the
needs of another. In this way, we cleanse the mind. By each act of
generosity, we get closer to becoming a truly generous person. The Buddha
also mentioned, that the greatness of the gift relies not on the material
value but on the depth of generosity from the giver. A small gift offered
from the heart of one who has little is of greater value than a more costly
gift given without thought from one who has much.****
As you know, Dhammadharini has made a commitment to obtain shelter for
those monastics who for health or other reasons are unable to live the
rigorous lifestyle demanded by a forest hermitage. It is our hope to find
such a place in an area that is readily accessible to lay persons so people
can easily visit with their children and other family members. This
commitment has been enshrined in our Monastery Fund, to which many of you
have pledged. Recently, a kind and thoughtful anonymous donor has made a
generous offering to the Dhammadharini monastery fund. This donation of
$25,000 designated to serve as a downpayment on a monastery in a convenient
location is contingent on receiving donations of funds of the same amount
within the next three months. ****
When you are offering gifts this season, I hope you will keep the hopes and
dreams of our community alive and remember this fund. If we can all offer
what we are able, our vision of a warm and welcoming monastery will
manifest soon. And remember gifts of requisites to support the monastics
through the winter season are welcome, also. To see the general Kathina
Wishlist, go to this link:
Kathina Wish List <http://www.aranyabodhi.org/dana/wish-list>
If you would like to donate to the Monastery Fund or other Dhammadharini
project online, please follow the link below. If you would like funds to go
to the Monastery Fund, be sure to specify: Information about an address to
send checks is also at this site:
Dhammadharini online dana
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Kathina celebration this
Saturday at Aranya Bodhi. I am attaching the schedule for the celebration
for your use. May everyone experience the joy of giving with a pure heart
"By giving, one unites friends." Samyutta Nikaya 1.215****
Shari Gent, President****
Dhammadharini Board of Directors
"Women Upholding the Dhamma"
PO Box 1671, Fremont, CA 94538
*Aranya Bodhi Hermitage* <http://www.aranyabodhi.org/>*, *Sonoma Coast
Mailing Address: PO Box 16, Jenner, CA 95450, USA
New Message Phone: 1-707-340-4281, Skype "Aranya_Bodhi"
*The Bodhi House* <http://bodhihouse.blogspot.com/>*, *San Francisco East
now closed ~ new monastery/vihara coming
<kathina 2012 announcement.pdf>