What is Dana? The Buddhist tradition of Dana can be translated as the practice of generosity or giving. It is an acknowledgement of our interdependence and provides for the wellbeing of others in a very practical way. This ancient tradition has sustained the teaching of the Dharma for more than 2,500 years, since the time of the Buddha. The Dharma teachings of wisdom and compassion are considered priceless. Our teachers honour this centuries long Buddhist tradition by teaching on the basis of generosity, rather than asking a fee for leading retreats. This is unfamiliar in our western culture. Our teachers have the same everyday needs as us and need to pay their bills. Our generosity makes their work possible.
Bristol Zen Centre Bristol Zen Centre offer evenings of practice, day retreats and residential retreats on a dana or donation basis. On Tuesday evenings we invite donations to cover the cost of the room and to enable us to pay for Zen Master Dae Gak's travel and offer a donation from the group.
Residential retreats at East Down The fee you pay for retreats is just enough to enable us to provide food and accommodation and cover Zen Master Dae Gak’s travel. We invite you to join us in supporting the work of Zen Master Dae Gak and Furnace Mountain by the offering of dana.
When dana is not a familiar practice, we are sometimes asked for guidance. We suggest that making a donation is not a commercial transaction but a movement of the heart. The giving of dana is a practice of generosity that supports teaching being offered to us and others and is ultimately for the benefit of all beings. We suggest that you should feel happy about the donation offered at the time of giving, not too much and not too little. And that you feel happy later looking back on what you gave.
There will be a donation box in the Dharma room. Thank you.
The Bristol Zen Centre offers weekly zen meditation practice and instruction as well as regular workshops and retreats. New and experienced practitioners welcome. Guiding teacher: Zen Master Dae Gak.