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About Generosity

Generosity is both a spiritual value and a spiritual practice. It is universal, taught around the world by all major world religions. Generosity is one of the five pillars of Islam. Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism also teach generosity as a core value and practice.

At Southern Dharma, we use the ancient Pali word "Dana" as a synonym for generosity. Like the people of India in the Buddha's time, SDRC uses the word "Dana" to name the practice of generosity, as well as contributions made in a spirit of generosity.

Dana takes many forms at Southern Dharma, including:

  • Donations of energy, time, and talents by retreatants during working meditation periods and by volunteers who come to live and work at the center for short periods of time
  • Teacher Dana offered at the end of every teacher-led retreat to support teachers who come to Southern Dharma to lead retreats
  • Retreat Dana invited at end of every retreat to support Southern Dharma as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to offering affordable, teacher-led retreats
  • Financial support offered in response to the center's annual fundraising letter
  • Becoming a Friend
  • Financial contributions made on the secure payment page of this website
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  • Unsolicited gifts of money from supporters throughout the year
  • Gifts of items wanted or needed by the center, such as a trundle bed
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  • Planned Giving and bequests naming Southern Dharma as a beneficiary

Click here to learn more about Dana and the practice of generosity