How do the Three Tenets inform your social engagement?
At the beginning of 2020, as the pandemic began to set in, we were faced with the question of how to respond to this global crisis. By patiently and lovingly bearing witness and approaching the challenge with an open heart, the answer emerged in the form of Zen Heart Way: a program initially conceived to make masks for marginalized and at-risk communities. The Sangha organized to design, craft, and distributed durable handmade masks to over 3,500 people in need in Chicago and around the country. As needs change and new opportunities to engage have emerged our mission has evolved to include a greater outreach: offering assistance and compassionate care to those in need. Administered by the Priests of ZLMC and lovingly carried out by the Sangha - Zen Heart Way continues to address hunger, privation, and need wherever it is found.