dana-statueIn the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless; in the Buddhist tradition we also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice.

Dana (pronounced “dah-na”) is the ancient Pali word for “spontaneous generosity of the heart” or simply, generosity. Generosity is not limited to the giving of material things. We can be generous with our kindness and our receptivity. These forms of generosity are clearly not related to wealth.

At its most basic level, dana in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return. The act of giving is purely out of compassion or good will, or the desire for someone else’s well-being. Perhaps dana is more about how we are than what we do. Through generosity, we cultivate a generous spirit. Generosity of spirit will usually lead to generosity of action, but being a generous person is more important than any particular act of giving. After all, it is possible to give without it being a generous act.

As a practice, generosity is not done simply because we think it is a virtuous thing to do. The practice has two important functions. First, it helps connect us with others and with ourselves. Giving creates a relationship between the giver and receiver, so acts of generosity help us to learn more about the nature of our relationships. It also develops those relationships. Practicing generosity together with a meditation practice helps ensure that our spiritual practice doesn’t occur aloof from others.

IMC-Lewes is a small group run entirely by volunteers. All of our expenses are supported by dana.

For online events, the suggested dana is:

  • morning retreats with visiting teachers $20
  • Saturday morning metta workshops $5
  • 4th Mondays with Larissa Kitenko $5
  • any offerings for Monday meditation sits are welcomed

How to offer Dana

IMC-Lewes can accept dana by check or PayPal.

  • By check. Please make your check payable to Insight Meditation Community of Lewes and mail to:
    Insight Meditation Community of Lewes
    207 East Market Street
    Lewes DE 19958
  • By PayPal. Click here to make a Dana donation via PayPal

We thank you for your generosity.

Limited Income Discounts Available

Limited income discounts are available for all our programs at 50% of our suggested dana, or any amount that you are able to offer.

If your budget does not allow for any dana, we welcome your attendance. Simply show up, no explanations are needed or requested.

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is necessary.