Looking for handouts is generally frowned upon here in the west. Nevertheless I have seen a few websites and also listened o a podcast doing just that.
In the past I have contributed to my local monks, and I will continue to do so. I like them. They provide a service.
I enjoy supporting them when I can.
But mixing the Buddha Dharma and money is a prickly subject for me. From another perspective asking for handouts on the web; or via a podcast has got to be tough to do. But I get really irked when people say “I have been trying to keep this site add free, and I depend on your donations to do that.” I say bring on the advertisements. It might actually do some good! Other than that, unless I go to see you or you come see me with your begging bowl face to face, sorry I am not giving squat unless I see you doing something really worthwhile. Not that I have much to give anyway.
Like most Americans, I am again in debit over my head again anyway. I am not one of those folks common in America traveling on the “Upper Middle Way.” For me I walk on the Lower Middle Way, and I do not really mind that much. I chose a life of service and plan to continue with it until I can’t any more.
All that said, I am not one to refuse a handout either. Over the years I have benefited from the kindness of others and I truly appreciate it. If you happen to be on the Upper or Executive Middle Way and feel like helping me out there is a wish list in my profile. In addition to that some things that I just think would be cool that are not on there are:
A Tengai Hat (for no other reason other than I think it would be cool, I’ll even take pictures of me with it on in inappropriate places!)
A Kapock Zafu( I have a couple of buckwheat ones because they were cheaper, I just want to know how the other half lives)
Sencha Tea (I am totally out and can’t justify the expense anymore, seriously I want some tea!)
Matcha Tea ( see above)
Shakuhachi Notation (Kinko Ryu please, not that I am sectarian or anything I just get confused by Tozan Ha!, Oh and I will promise to post up my interpretation of the songs as I learn them at a rate of about .5 songs a year, or 5 a decade)
My address is:
10514 NE 96th St
Vancouver, Wa, 98662
Please, If you do decide to send something on, be kind enough to include a return address so I know who to send thanks too!
OK, this post was at least partly made in jest, but for those who have sent stuff in the past, thank you! For those who have not, thank you too!
And for those who are feeling truly magnanimous:
Portland Toys For Tots
Another update, following my own advice,I have added adds!
Take care and have a happy holiday season!