Dana by Cambridge Insight Medn Center
- "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."