In keeping with the monastic tradition dating back to the time of the Buddha, the Tisarana monks and Sati bhikkunis’ 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 setting the intention to practice generosity, 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 Winter Retreat Dana-Offering Program invites you to offer dana and/or support to the monks and bhikkunis during their winter retreat (January – end of March 2018). The dana roster for Sati Saraniya Hermitage is complete for the winter retreat however if you wish to offer financial support to help pay for supplies, please see Sati’s web site here. Similarly you can consult how to support the monks while they are in retreat by visiting Tisarana website .
with gratitude ~ Ottawa Buddhist Society