"Dana is the ancient Pali language word describing generosity arising effortlessly from deep gratitude. Our belief is that everyone has an inherent capacity for generosity, and that together we can co-create a welcoming and thriving spiritual community based on the transformative values of abundance, trust, and connection, rather than scarcity, fear, and separation.(There is) no set registration fee to attend an event. We rely on joyful reciprocity within our community expressed in different ways, as people are moved to give of their resources, time, and skills, according to their ability. In a spirit of paying it forward, the generosity of those before you have made it possible for us to offer the teachings today, and your generosity in the present moment will allow us to continue offerings these teachings into the future.
What is Dana? Dana is the ancient Pali language word describing Generous Giving, which arises effortlessly from deep gratitude. Many of the teachings offered (here) have been offered for over 2,500 years in parts of Asia following an All-Dana model. Monks and nuns offer teachings out of generosity, while the community supports the teachers and the centers, generously giving to the level of their ability.
We follow that tradition by offering the teachings with no set fees. The practice of Dana invites us to participate in a world where the expression of gratitude and generosity helps to keep the wheel of the Dharma turning. We also draw on the indigenous value of Reciprocity, as a way to maintain balance and harmony in community. This principle honors the interconnection of all beings and encourages a heart inclined toward appreciation, joyous contribution, flow of resources, and right relationship with one another."