In keeping with the monastic tradition dating back to the time of the Buddha, the monastics rely entirely on food donations (dana) offered by lay supporters. The idea of “dana” – which is the Pali word for “generosity” or giving with an open heart – is central to Buddhist practice. The Buddha’s first teaching was on the importance of cultivating generosity as a way of encouraging non-attachment and a concern for the well-being of others. The practice of giving allows both the giver and the receiver to experience a genuine gladness of the heart. In giving, the giver experiences the happiness that comes with sharing and letting go of selfishness. And in graciously accepting the gift, the receiver experiences deep gratitude for another person’s kind act.
The OBS invites you to offer dana support to the monastics. If you wish to contribute dana, please bring your food items to either Quaker House or the Day of Mindfulness and leave it in the designated area. An OBS volunteer driver will transport it to the monastery or hermitage, depending on the monastic who is teaching.
You are encouraged to bring groceries that don’t require refrigeration, including vegetables and fruits that may remain out of the refrigerator for several days. Items such as cheese, that don’t require much refrigerator space may also be accepted. Please consult the Tisarana or the Sati Saraniya websites noted below three to four days prior to events to see which food items are most needed.
The Quaker House is located at 91A Fourth Ave; the Day of Mindfulness is held at the
Tu An Pagoda 359, Albion Road, Ottawa.
Offering a Meal at the Monastery or Hermitage
Offering a meal to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit and participate in the lifestyle of the monastery or hermitage. You are welcome to provide all or part of a meal, either prepared at your home or you may use the kitchen at the monastery or hermitage.
Please contact the respective websites for more information and details on how to make arrangements.
If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering to assist with the Dana Offering Program, please contact Jane at email@example.com
with gratitude ~ Ottawa Buddhist Society