Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, is an important aspect of the Buddha’s teachings. Because these teachings are considered priceless, they have generally been offered freely as a form of dana. This was true during the time of the Buddha; it remains true in many Buddhist countries today. In return, Dharma centers have traditionally been supported by the ongoing generosity—or dana—of their communities.
In the spirit of dana, CIMC is committed to making the Buddha’s teachings available to everyone regardless of financial circumstances. However, the realities of operating and maintaining a meditation center in a Western, urban setting make this a challenge. By supporting the Center financially and/or by contributing your time and talents as a volunteer, you can help us meet this challenge and continue a tradition that dates back 2,600 years.
More than just a means of support, dana is considered part of our practice.
- Generosity is one of the ten paramis, or qualities of character, to be developed and perfected by the Dharma practitioner over a lifetime.
- The act of giving not only benefits the receiver, but also opens the heart of the giver and acknowledges the interconnectedness of all beings.
Even the smallest act of generosity is an expression of dana. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.