At Samadhi, we aim to provide a sanctuary of serenity, welcoming all people who wish to explore meditation and Buddhism. Your donations make an invaluable contribution to the running of Samadhi and to the goal of the future Samadhi Retreat Centre. Dana allows charges to be kept at a minimum, allowing as many as possible to attend.
It is a practice that diminishes self-centredness and includes the well-being of others in our actions. There is no correct sum to give. The amount depends upon your ability and willingness to give.
What is Dana?
Dana can be translated as cultivating generosity or giving. Great time and energy goes into creating the special environment of the retreats at Samadhi, but the teachers who lead our group retreats receive no payment for their service, nor do our retreat coordinators. You are welcome to offer a voluntary financial contribution to the teachers and coordinators, if you wish to support them in being able to offer the service they provide. This is called offering Dana.
What is the Buddhist Dana tradition?
The tradition of Dana in Buddhism is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and interdependence. In Asia, monasteries are generously supported by the lay community, and in turn they offer a place of refuge and teaching as well as a whole range of projects dedicated to peace and the relief of anguish. This ancient and rich tradition has sustained the Dharma teachings for more than 2,500 years, since the time of the Buddha, enabling the creation of Retreat Centres, the support of monasteries and a whole range of social and peace practices and projects. It enables teachers to continue teaching and supports the very life and sustainability of the teaching.
That’s how it was in Asia, but how about the West?
When you come to Samadhi you are enjoying teachings and an organisation that has been supported by the generosity of those who have been before you. Our future plot of land will be purchased through the donations of kind students, and will only be able to be sustained through the generosity of our volunteer staff. The teachers share this firm commitment to the principle of Dana rather than asking a fee for leading retreats. The fee you pay for a retreat with Samadhi is just enough to enable us to provide food, the structure of the retreat, administration, and to cover teacher travel expenses. Anything left over goes straight into the Samadhi Retreat Centre fund.
How does Dana benefit the teachers?
Teachers give enormously of their time, energy and understanding, but do not receive any payment for leading group retreats at Samadhi The Dharma teachings of wisdom and compassion are considered priceless, thus teachers offer their understanding freely, as it has been over centuries.
Your generosity to the teachers is greatly appreciated, it is truly what enables the continuation of the teachings.
How does Dana benefit the coordinators?
The coordinators generously offer their time and energy to assist the smooth running of our events. Their essential work involves providing the meals, administration, book keeping, managing the vegetable gardens and grounds, house keeping and maintaining the building.
Dana for the coordinators of Samadhi is much appreciated and greatly supports their well-being. They support the retreatants and care for the retreat space with dedication and compassion.