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Dana by Cambridge Insight Medn Center

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  • Antony Woods
    Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, is an important aspect of the Buddha s teachings. Because these teachings are considered priceless, they have
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2007
      "Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, is an important aspect
      of the Buddha's teachings. Because these teachings are considered
      priceless, they have generally been offered freely as a form of dana.
      This was true during the time of the Buddha; it remains true in many
      Buddhist countries today. In return, Dharma centers have traditionally
      been supported by the generosity – or dana – of their communities.

      More than just a means of support, dana is considered part of our
      practice. Generosity is one of the ten paramis, or qualities of
      character, to be developed and perfected by the Dharma practitioner
      over many lifetimes. The act of giving not only benefits the receiver,
      but also opens the heart of the giver and acknowledges the
      interconnectedness of all beings."
      http://www.cimc.info/participating_dana.html
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