Dana – The Practice of Generosity
Dana (pronounced “dah-na”) is a Pali word meaning generosity. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them.
According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share. The Buddha created a system to develop this quality of open-handedness whereby those who share the teachings are dependent on those who receive them.
It is the practice of Dana that has kept the Buddhist tradition alive for more than 2,600 years in Asia, where committed supporters have given generously to establish networks of monasteries and retreat centres providing for millions of teachers and practitioners.
Your generous support is needed! You may or may not be aware that the teachers for this retreat are solely supported by the generosity of the students. Registration fees for this retreat cover solely the administrative expenses. None of these fees go to the teachers.
At the end of the retreat you will be given the opportunity to offer Dana so the teachers may continue their dharma work. It is suggested that your offering be made from a place of reflection and with consideration of your financial situation.