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Dana Practice is a Path to and Expression of the Realization of Inter-Connectedness.
This Essential Gift from the Heart is Essential to the Practice of Compassion, Empathy and Kindness.
In Buddhism, when Zen Practitoners share their understanding of the teachings and practice, it is offered freely as a practice of dana paramita. Dana is a Pali word that means 'generosity' or 'to give freely'. This practice is done without expectation of getting something in return. This is in the spirit of speaking about the Dharma. The custom of DANA - translated as generosity – is at the heart and core to Buddhist practice.
Other ways to practice Dana is to offer support to those who share the teachings, to support place of spiritual practice and to give without expectations or judgement when those opportunities arise.The practice of dana is necessary for the continuation of our practice community and for the support of our guiding and visiting teachers. Our teachers have always been generous with their time and teaching and so we encourage everyone to meet that generosity with their own.
Great Tree is supported entirely by Dana from members of our community. Your generosity helps to maintain our buildings and grounds, pays for utilities and make our practice and programs possible.
Your sustaining and recurring gifts - pledges - 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.
Everyday expenses include maintenance of our facility, gardens, grounds, utilities, kitchen and digital infrastructure. Planned Giving and legacy gifts are are another way to help Great Tree flourish.
With Deep Appreciation