"Dana" - term from the ancient Mahayana Buddhist tradition meaning 'generosity' in which we do what we can in order to benefit others without seeing ourselves as the helpers and the others as the helped.
The intent of this project is simply to say "Thank You" to all of you. In my eyes, you are an image of the beginning (and the continuation) of what is right in the world -- what is colorful and beautiful, what is holy. I hope these songs and poems can in some way benefit you. They have come out of conversations with you. They're the result of years of wrestling and struggle through this dirty world. I do not claim them to be ultimate truth, but I do believe bits of truth can be found in them. Where real, ultimate, lasting Peace is the end, Christ must have been the beginning. So again, thank you for being Christ to me in so many ways -- even if you do not necessarily claim to be a Christian. This has meant a glass of milk, the singing of a song, a late night trip to the hospital, a hilarious joke, a ridiculous circumstance, a haircut, a painting, endless front porch conversations, a willing hand to help a child learn, a 3:30 AM phone call, a sharing of the sacraments, a sharing of converse all-stars, an ear to listen, a voice to speak, the gift of physical presence.
-a sunflower in a field of sunflowers
The Dana Project is a collection of songs, poetry, and artwork. People involved in it's creation include...
released February 9, 2009
Art: Andrew Neyer
Poetry: Ben Carroll
Music/Lyrics: Griffin Kelp featuring...
Kelsey Taylor, Jeremy Flores, Jesse Holcolmb, Josh Carney (Carn-Dog), Jordan Bellamy, Ben Dudley, Britt Duke, Andrew Neyer
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