Takuhatsu is the Zen practice of offering dana (alms giving) to wandering mendicants. Harking back to the time of the Buddha when monks begged for their daily meal in return for preaching the dharma, takuhatsu is also a reminder of the symbiotic relationship between monastics and lay practitioners—a relationship without which Buddhism would not exist today.
Although the practice of takuhatsu has all but disappeared in the West, teachers, temples, and monasteries still rely on the generosity of students whose support makes possible the continued dissemination of the buddhadharma.
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