Generosity, or dana
Sharing what we have, a heartfelt generosity, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring and acknowledge the interdependence we all share.
Known as dana in the Pali language, this practice has kept the Buddhist tradition alive for more than 2,500 years in Asia, where committed supporters have given generously to establish networks of monasteries and retreat centres, providing for millions of teachers and practitioners. And as the practice grows in Aotearoa New Zealand, we hope to keep this joyful tradition alive.
Since the teachings are considered priceless, Buddhist teachers do not charge for the teachings they give. Instead, they gratefully accept donations in return for the teaching and instruction, and this enables them to continue their work.
The community that secular Buddhist teachers rely on is worldwide, and so far a small one; you are encouraged to support these teachers in whatever way you’re able.
Jason Siff’s Skillful Meditation Project has the policy of not soliciting for financial support, sending out fundraising letters or engaging in marketing campaigns; the teachers offer their time free of charge. If you feel gratitude for this approach to meditation and its effect on your life, you can support this project through Paypal on this web page.
Martine and Stephen Batchelor gratefully accept dana (donations), which enables them to continue their work; if you would like to support them, you can do so through Paypal on this web page.
Supporting this community
Here in this country, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could make heartfelt generosity the basis of all we do, offering secular Buddhist activities with no fixed fee, asking those who take part to offer generously so that others in the future may enjoy a similar experience.
We are offering those of you who know the benefits that this practice brings to your life, and who would like to see a secular Buddhism develop in this country, an opportunity to support the growth of secular Buddhist communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Together, our efforts have the potential to benefit many over the years to come. What you give now will ensure that future retreats, workshops and materials for study can be offered for dana only. This is sometimes known as paying forward, and clearly shows how your generosity can make a very real difference.
Wherever you are in the world, you can make a donation by credit card. To do so, click on the blue Donate now button in the box below. Your donation will be in New Zealand dollars, and will go through Givealittle’s secure server.
The figure above shows what has been offered through Givealittle since 8 April 2012. Donations through Givealittle are sent to our bank account on the 21st of the month following the day you make your donation, which means that a donation given on 1 January will be in the bank account on or after 21 February.
If you are in Aotearoa New Zealand and would like to make a donation by internet banking or over the counter, the account number is 02 – 1246 – 0675192 – 02 at The Co-operative Bank.
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This website is the result of the energies and skills of a small number of individuals, in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere. Our thanks go to those of you who have given and who continue to give your time, effort and energy in so many ways.
We thank Stephen Batchelor in France and Winton Higgins in Australia for allowing us to make liberal use their writings, kalyana mitta – spiritual friends – in the capital city and scattered around Aotearoa New Zealand for their support, and Dana Nourie and Ted Meissner of the US Secular Buddhist Association for their encouragement.
Thanks also to Angus Deacon of Alphasprite for the use of his wonderful map on our home page, and artists Fraser Williamson of Red Shark Illustration and Łukasz Ratz of ratz.pl for the use of their wonderful images.
And to those who have donated so that together we can enable secular Buddhist information and activities to be offered at no cost, develop a community of secular Buddhists in this country, and keep this website up, we thank you. This website has been generously and painstakingly hand coded in WordPress by a Wellington developer who likes to remain under the radar. Words and spaces corralled by Ramsey Margolis.