Ordained Dharma practitioners rely on the members of the community to provide for their daily sustenance. In traditional societies, each morning the ordained Sangha visit surrounding neighborhoods with empty alms bowls that are filled by those wishing to accumulate merit.
The alms bowl is a potent symbol of communities coming together selflessly to support a practitioner’s spiritual commitments and effort, and a gentle reminder to share our good fortune with those whose bowls are empty.
Dana means “giving” or “generosity.” It is the first of the perfections (parami, virtues necessary for awakening) in all branches and lineages of Buddhism. It is also an ancient economic principle that guided societies that valued inter-relationship over things and heart values over commercial ones.
Dana is an impulse and activity that sustains Buddhism on all levels. It is central to the ethos and survival of Buddhist practice communities and monastics. We give of ourselves and to each other in order that worthy actions, places of value, persons doing good work, and Dharma practice will be supported enough to be vigorous and healthy. Dana takes many forms in addition to monetary gifts: the four requisites of food, shelter, clothing, and medicine; Dharma study and practice materials, office supplies, knowledge and skills, tools, etc. Friendship and forgiveness are special forms of dana.
In our society, a certain amount of money is required to do most things. The Venerable Tashi Nyima and Nying Je Ling (Universal Compassion Buddhist Congregation) must depend on dana to exist and thrive. Our “income” is the generosity of those who support our work, for which we never charge, as we must also live the spirit of dana if we are to be worthy of such support.
We practice dana by offering our teachings and services without required fees. You can practice dana by making a donation, according to your capacity and the benefit received.
Provisions are made for individuals who would like to partake of the benefits of Dharma, but lack the financial means to reciprocate. If you would like to explore alternative reciprocation arrangements, please inquire. No one should fail to take advantage of Dharma teachings due to a lack of material wealth.
The most important non-monetary contribution you can make is to help disseminate these teachings in person and through social media, recommending us to friends and posting links to this blog wherever you consider it would be both welcome and appropriate.
Your generous contribution allows us to continue offering Dharma teachings, mentoring, and other services to others. We rely exclusively on the kindness of those who value these teachings, fully trusting that “those who uphold the Dharma are upheld by the Dharma.”
[Please note that although we are infinitely grateful for your kind support, Buddhist monastic tradition considers all contributions to be equally valuable and anonymous (whatever the amount or method of giving), to avoid comparisons and favoritism. Therefore, the Ven. Tashi Nyima is not allowed to express gratitude for your generosity individually.]
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May all beings benefit from your generosity and compassion!