illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)
« Bhikkhus, if beings knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would they allow the stain of meanness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it were their last morsel, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared it, if there were someone to share it with. »
— the Buddha (Iti 1.26)
When I started on google+, it took me only a few minutes a day to support a few people. It was perfectly possible to do so on my spare time, as I did, without asking anything to anyone.
Almost two years later, more than 53,500 people have 'circled' me and I also support several 'communities' so it only takes a tiny portion of these ~85,000 total people asking for help from time to time to fill my whole day, 7/7, with questions and requests for guidance on how to deal with the difficulties of life.
You can blame me (strange blame in my view!) for having helped people as long as I could, but without being able to stretch infinitely… or you can help me help others.
Even after listening carefully to the most virulent criticism I received since asking for donations, I don't see what might have been unwholesome in helping as many people as I could; it's not as if I wanted them to suffer so I could make them buy something. I simply made my help available to all, for free, and requests started pouring in!
Some requests were born out of curiosity, some arose from distress. I'm glad I can help, I'm glad we together can help. At this stage, part-time would not compare favourably to the current help I provide, so I'm asking you to help me help others full-time…
Of course, some people will criticise my request while hiding behind righteousness (or fabrications, gplus.wallez.name/TT3LJxKmz6e) to avoid picking who should be denied help once resources don't stretch enough… Those mourning a close one? Those with mental illness? Those abused and forever identifying as victim i.e. forever re-living the abuse? Those 'curious'?
I respond to people suffering deeply (momentarily or not) on a daily basis; let me assure you that they need our support! This is neither a luxury nor an indulgence.
As a dharma teacher, I do not sell exclusive content or access to the "lucky few": I do not charge for what I do… which is to say, I live on donations. If you appreciate my work and see value in it for yourself or others, please consider supporting these teachings at koan.mu/donate.htm
[if you cannot spare anything in your current circumstances, there's no blame or criticism here: thank you for having seriously considered it.
If you proposed your help in another form than monetary, I'm not ignoring you… I'll be in contact as soon as I'm able to.
If you're already a supporter, thank you very much: every penny helps!].
Please #donate at koan.mu/donate.htm