Giving objects vs money dana
- Dear Group,
I just listened to a talk by Thubten Chodron on dana.
She discussed the practice in her tradition of donating money directly to
the teacher rather than putting it in a box anonymously. She said that the
former practice facilitated more personal contact.
A Theravada teacher said once how uncomfortable she was with that.
There seems to be embarrassment about money dana. Many equate money for
monks with the ability to buy sensual pleasures. Wherever possible I try to
give objects instead of money or at least only write a non-negotiable cheque
to the Buddhist organisation instead of giving cash. Giving objects allows
me to make choices, according to my values, regarding things, and be
creative. Those instances of dana give me more satisfaction when I remember
What do you think?
Thanks / Antony.