Why I Chose Dāna Based Practice?
Two reasons. The first is simple. It resonates with me. I was first introduced to the concept of dāna while attending a meditation retreat. I was simply told to pay what I could and what I felt the teaching was worth… a cup of tea, a pizza, a night out or a weekend away. To be honest, this approach resonates with me. I like the permission to honor where one is in life. I like the suggestion of examining what I might give up to give. I like the suggestion of giving that which I give up to another—knowing that my contribution might buy a cup of tea, a meal, or help to sustain the life of someone who has so freely given to me.
The second reason is a bit more selfish. You see, teaching on a dāna is itself a form of dāna. It helps me to nurture my own sense of generosity, trust, goodwill, gratitude, and a sense of community. The practice of generosity is a significant spiritual practice in its own right, the dāna system encourages me as much as it encourages you to engage in a practice of generosity. The question of how much to give in dāna has prompted me to reflect deeply on my own values, fears, and generosity. Believe me coming to the conclusion to create regular lessons that are available for free vs. creating products to be sold was no small decision. But I do believe that dāna is a means for expressing some of the best qualities of the human heart.
Three Ways To Give
Did a specific class inspire you to give? Or don’t like having monthly financial commitments? Then this option might be right for you.