In the end, commerce is a way of helping each other fulfill our human needs. Thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master Dogen says in his essay, The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance, “To launch a boat or build a bridge is an act of giving . . . Making a living and producing things can be nothing other than giving.” It is possible for us to buy and sell in a spirit of participation and compassion. We can recognize in material goods an opportunity to meet each other on the ground of our shared human needs.
from When You Greet Me I Bow