Dana: The Perfection of Generosity and Giving

The members of Muddy Water Zen work to live the path that the Six Perfections (Six Paramitas) have set before us.  The first perfection, is generosity.  Generosity can mean many different things.  From a smile acknowledging someones Buddha nature, to a hug, to compassionate listening, to the giving of one’s time or money, generosity encompasses a wide array of actions in this life.  We appreciation any donation from our members and friends, or even a visitor, whether it be that smile or hug, those times listening compassionately, or those who give their time or money.   We thank you for your generosity in helping us along this path that we are all on together.

If you do feel inclined to donate money, we certainly appreciate it.  Our temple runs strictly due to the beautiful and generous hearts of people who give what they can.  We cannot express our gratitude enough for their “dana”.   You may click the donation button below or mail donations to address listed below as well.

Donations can be mailed to:
Muddy Water Zen
2421 Yale Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067


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Muddy Water Zen is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. If you donate cash in our begging bowl and want it counted towards your yearly amount, please add your name to the envelope. (Please do not send cash in the mail) A tax statement will be either mailed or emailed at the beginning of the year accounting for the donations for the prior year. Emailed notifications will contain a printable PDF statement for proof of the total donation amount. If you have questions regarding giving, please contact the temple treasurer, Hyun Il Brian Gerlach, at with any questions. If we have an email address on file (through the mailing list or other update) your tax statement will be sent via email. If we do not have an email address, we will send it via the mail. If you are unsure if we have your current email or address, please update your information.