Our mission at Dharma Communications and the Monastery Store is to help maintain and spread the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion in two ways:
I. By providing a training ground for work practice and right livelihood for Zen Mountain Monastery residents and volunteers,
II. By offering finely crafted products that support your spiritual practice and have a low negative impact on the environment.
Dharma Communications is the not-for-profit educational and outreach arm of the Mountains and Rivers Order (with Zen Mountain Monastery as its mainhouse) and a right-livelihood enterprise. Right livelihood is one of the principles of the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, and within the MRO it is expressed as work practice—work as sacred labor. In all of our activities and decisions, we strive to be guided by the Buddhist Precepts, or moral and ethical teachings.
One of the most pressing concerns we currently face as a business is corporate social responsibility. We know it's not enough to offer high quality products and services at affordable prices—we must do so with full knowledge of how each of these are made, under what conditions, and how they affect our environment.
Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, argues that since every manufactured product comes with a cost that exceeds its price, there is no such thing as a sustainable business—only a responsible one. That's what we're trying to be, and we welcome your participation in this challenging but necessary process.
We look forward to hearing your concerns about anything and everything regarding our business. We've pledged to minimize our carbon footprint and invite you to hold us accountable when we fall short. Call us with ideas, suggestions or questions. We are always happy to hear from you.
Thank you for helping us to become ever more responsible stewards of this great earth, and as always, thank you for your support and your practice.