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What is dana?

The Practice of Generosity to Support the Dharma Teachings

In the Buddhist tradition, the dharma teachings of wisdom and compassion are of such great value that one cannot put a price on them, they cannot be bought or sold in the market place, they are said to be priceless. 

The teachings of liberation have been passed down through the generations by the ancient practice of dana: receiving and transmitting these teachings as a gift. All fees for Insight retreats are simply to cover the basic expenses, food, accommodation, travel and advertising.

The teachers do not charge a fee and the teachings are given freely. When we hear these teachings we are touched and moved, and the feelings of appreciation and gratitude naturally express themselves in the act of generosity by offering dana to the teacher, thus circulating and completing the gift. The act of giving is a declaration of mutual respect. Giver and receiver recognise they share the same fundamental values and concerns.

dana bowlThe gift takes us beyond the limitations of our normal self-interest and opens us to a life of mutual care, called good friendship (kalyana mitta) by the Buddha. The practice of generosity is one of the highest virtues in the Buddhist tradition, as within every act of generosity, there is also the act of relinquishment, thus cultivating the spirit of letting go.

The teachings offered through this website are all offered on a dana (gift) basis.

 


 

Supporting Tallowwood Sangha


We welcome any financial support for Tallowwood Sangha.  The Sangha’s resources are dedicated to supporting anyone in deepening their dharma practice and furthering their understanding of the dharma teachings.  Donations can be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to Bananacoast Community Credit Union (BCU):

BSB Number:
704328
Account Name:
Tallowwood Sangha
Account Number:
179921

If you would like to support Tallowwood Sangha in a more hands-on way, there are suggestions about volunteering in the Notice Board page.
                  




Charities Tallowwood Sangha is currently supporting:


Lifeline Australia
  (lifeline.org.au) - crisis support and suicide prevention.
                             

Prajna Vihar School  (bdainc.org.au) - education for children who would otherwise receive no schooling or a very low standard of schooling in the Bodhgaya region of India.