“Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.”
– The Buddha
Dana is the time-honored practice of expressing gratitude through generosity. Dana or generosity, the practice of giving and receiving, is the heart and foundation of the Buddhist path. The Buddha taught generosity as a means of liberating our hearts, transforming clinging and encouraging non-attachment. It is a practice that has traditionally guided retreat and dharma centers in my lineage, where teachers have relied on the generosity of others in offering their teachings. One of my deepest aspirations is to continue to introduce and bring the practice of Dana into our community and to share the Buddha’s teachings with all who are interested, regardless of their ability to pay.