Three Hour Meditation Retreats
Are you looking for a chance to connect with others in the Troy’s meditation community? Are you seeking the opportunity to join regularly in a group meditation practice? Although meditation is an individual inner experience, meditating in groups provides a sense of community and connectedness.
Join us on the last Saturday of each month for a three hour mini-meditation retreat. Each month will facilitated by a different instructor to bring you a spectrum of practices and perspectives— from guided mindfulness practices to silent zen practices. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome.
STUDIO COST: $3
DONATIONS FOR TEACHER ACCEPTED
Give What You Can
A Dāna Based Practice
Why Dāna Based Practice?
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 at a value determined by the recipient inspired a few of my fears to rear their hungry heads. However, I do believe that dāna is a means for expressing some of the best qualities of the human heart.
Dāna (pronounced “DAH-nuh”), noun.
Dāna is a Sanskrit and Pali term meaning “generosity” or “giving” of alms, donations, or materials, But it can also mean a giving of energy or wisdom (dharma) to others. In Buddhism, it also refers to the practice of cultivating unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go.