Practicing Dana (Giving) at Great Tree
A key element of Buddhist practice is giving support for the Dharma (teachings and the pursuit of Truth). Giving considered a privilege and an opportunity to share in the spiritual practice and the commitment of those who devote their lives fully to the Dharma. The teachers who lead activities at Great Tree offer their services on a dana basis and do not receive direct compensation from Great Tree. This is why we ask that you show your appreciation for their wisdom and good works at the end of each retreat or workshop by leaving a donation of any amount for the instructor.
Great Tree is supported entirely by donations from members of our community. Your generosity helps to maintain our buildings and grounds, pays for utilities and other ongoing expenses, furnishes our meditation space and guest housing, buys incense, candles, paper, seeds for the kitchen garden– all of the things that make our programs possible. Your sustaining gifts make it possible for us to keep cost of our programs within reach of most who wish to participate and provides scholarships to those in need.
Other ways to you might assist:
Adopt a Bill; designate your monthly pledge to helping us pay for a specific project such as road repair, the phone bill, the garden, computer service fees, teacher travel, or building repairs.
- Become a volunteer; we need engaged, knowledgeable people to be a part of special committees and work with our Board of Directors. Projects include: help with newsletter mailings, garden and yard work, delivering flyers locally, maintenance and upkeep of the temple, providing transport for guests or visiting teachers. Contact us to learn more.
- Interested in planning a gift through your estate, a gift of property , appreciated stock or bequest? Great tree a member of the Western NC Community Foundation: please call 828-645-2085 and leave a message for our office manager.
“Kindness in words, creates confidence. Kindness in thought is mindfulness. Kindness in giving is dana.”