Many of the programs offered by Nature Meditations are grounded in the Buddhist principle of dana, or mutual generosity. These programs are generously offered to the community. In return, the community is invited to generously donate to help support the teacher. Your practice of generosity helps to spread the goodness of these buddhist based practices to others, and you are encouraged to contribute at a level that reflects the value that the sit brings to your own life.
Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity or giving, is a voluntary expression of appreciation and gratitude. It is an ancient practice that has been around for more than 2500 years. The act of offering dana gives those who value the practice of meditation the opportunity to help in the continuation of this deeply-valuable service. This act of mutual generosity diminishes self-centredness and includes the well-being of others in one’s actions.
There is no specific sum we can suggest that one should give. The amount each individual gives depends upon their personal conditions, ability to give, and how their heart is moved by these teachings. Any offer you make is deeply appreciated and makes it possible for us to continue to share these teachings and for others to benefit from them.