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.

Please Call the Dana coordinator (Malka Rodrigo – 813-453-1704) to reserve a day for offering Dana. 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 let Dana coordinator know. Thank you so much. As a founding supporter of Sunshine Meditation Center (Mahamevnawa Florida) even your little contributions will go a long way,

with metta,

your kalyanamittā

Dana – Coordination, call Malka Rodrigo at 813-453-1704

Monastery Phone Number – 813-961-5296

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

Financial Help

Dana for General Purposes
This dana will be allocated by the Sangha for whatever items or purposes are of greatest need in the general administration, functioning, and development of Mahamevnawa Florida Monastery.

Dana for Food
This dana will be allocated specifically for the groceries purchased for the Sangha’s meals.

Dana for Sangha Requisites
This dana will be allocated specifically for the general requisites of the monks for items such as robes, toiletries, slippers, medicine, etc.

Dana for Dharma
Though the Dharma taught at Mahamevnawa Florida Monastery is completely free, we welcome financial assistance to help in the proliferation of Dharma. Dana would be allocated to such things as costs incurred in keeping the website up and technically advanced in order to post the Dharma from Mahamevnawa Florida Monastery. It may also include allocating money for travel costs for teachers, translators, etc. It may also go towards producing audio CDs of Dharma talks, as well as producing any literature, and peripheral Dharma materials.

Dana for Specific Designation
If there is something more specific you would like your monetary dana to go towards, you can simply write to us about your suggested offering at contactus so that the Sangha can take it into consideration as to its necessity.

Donations For Monastic Support and Health Care

Health care is a basic human need and right. Unfortunately, even with the Affordable Care Act, many of our US-based monastics are not able to enjoy health insurance coverage. This is primarily due to the lack of state options. In an effort to ensure that funds are dedicated for the health of our beloved monastic community, the Foundation has created a Monastic Health Care Fund, which supports the health care costs for monastics in Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery FL. (SUNSHINE MEDITATION CENTER)

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Giving can be considered an antidote to the poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion.

Through the practice of giving (dāna) and letting go, this facilitates the development of moral conduct (sila) which is followed by mental development (bhavana.)

If beings only knew—
So said the Great Sage—
How the result of sharing
Is of such great fruit,
With a gladdened mind,
Rid of the stain of meanness,
They would duly give to noble ones
Who make what is given fruitful.

The Buddha - Itivuttaka 26

Having given much food as offerings
To those most worthy of offerings,
The donors go to heaven
On departing the human state.
Having gone to heaven they rejoice,
And enjoying pleasures there,
The unselfish experience the result
Of generously sharing with others.

The Buddha - Itivuttaka 26