Please reserve a day in the calendar below. You can come and offer the dana in the early morning. If you like to make the date recurring (come every month on that day) please indicate in the form below.
Thank you so much. As a founding supporter of Sunshine Meditation Center (Mahamevnawa Florida) even your little contributions will go a long way,
Dana – Coordination, call Malka Rodrigo at 813-453-1704 or 813-961-5296
Dana – Coordination, call Malka Rodrigo at 813-453-1704
Sangha Dana: The Gift of Support for the Monastic Community
When the Buddha designed the spiritual life for his monastic and lay followers, he created a system of mutual dependence. Lay people who lived in the world would provide the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, and medicine to the monks and nuns. The monastics would then be free to learn and practice the Buddha’s teachings to the highest level. By providing material support, lay people get to practice material generosity and monastics get to practice spiritual generosity by sharing the teachings they have learned.
This spiritual relationship is maintained to this day by the monks living in the monastery in Tampa, Florida. Every day lay people have the opportunity to come and offer breakfast and lunch to the monks. This then gives them an opportunity to listen to teachings and ask questions.
The Meaning of Dana ?
Dana is the Pali word for giving. The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence. In the teaching of the Buddha, too, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development.
Giving can also be identified with the personal quality of generosity (caga). This angle highlights the practice of giving, not as the outwardly manifest act by which an object is transferred from oneself to others, but as the inward disposition to give, a disposition which is strengthened by outward acts of giving and which in turn makes possible still more demanding acts of self-sacrifice. Generosity is included among the essential attributes of the sappurisa, the good or superior person, along with such other qualities as faith, morality, learning, and wisdom. Viewed as the quality of generosity, giving has a particularly intimate connection to the entire movement of the Buddha’s path. For the goal of the path is the destruction of greed, hate and delusion, and the cultivation of generosity directly debilitates greed and hate, while facilitating that pliancy of mind that allows for the eradication of delusion.
For further reading, go to:
Dana: The Practice of Giving
Selected essays edited by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ways to Give:
Offerings to the Sangha
- Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash.
- Basic Food Staples Needed.
- Unsalted nuts such as walnuts, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, and almonds, raisins, prunes, oatmeal, dried lentils and garbanzo beans, noodles, pasta, rice stick noodles, brown rice, virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, “natural” peanut butter, jelly, vegetarian oyster mushroom sauce.
One of the most important ways to give of yourself is in time, effort, and skill. The maintenance of our monastery and the management of our programs require assistance from the lay community to make it all happen.