Supporting This Work

There’s a long tradition going back to the time of the Buddha (over 2500 years ago) of offering these teachings to anyone who would listen to them (they were given orally back then – no super internet streaming video techo-wizardry in those times).

After receiving the teachings, the student is given the opportunity to make an appropriate financial contribution to support the work of the teacher and the continuation of the tradition.

This is called “giving dana” or “practicing dana”.

Dana is a Pali word that can be most simply translated as “generosity”

The reason for this tradition is manifold…

It allows the teachings I’ve been sharing with you on this website to be freely given.  That’s really important, for two reasons:

First, it means that everyone with a sincere interest is able to access the teachings.

And second, it allows me to tell it like it is, without watering down the practice, or tailoring the teachings to reflect what the market will pay the most for.  Some aspects of these teachings are difficult and can be uncomfortable to hear!

This practice of generosity is essential to continue to be able to offer the teachings in an authentic way.

Dana is the activity of giving, of being kind and generous and of “letting go”.

What makes this a practice is that sometimes the giving is easy.  We naturally feel good about it, joy arises, and we can let go freely and give the gift without it hinging on any expectation of a return.

Other times, it’s not so easy.  It might be difficult to let go, there might be a lot of attachment there, or fear, or worry, and so on.  We may have thoughts or feelings of guilt, or lack, or confusion.

Whether in any particular instance giving dana is easy, or difficult, it’s an incredible opportunity to practice mindfulness.

We can bring that alert, receptive, equanimous observation to the sensations associated with the act of giving.  We can watch the stories in the mind that arise.

And when you do this, you elevate giving from being something that is largely unconscious, something we perhaps do because it’s a custom, or because we feel guilty, or because it’s the “nice” thing to do, to something that deepens your understanding of the mind and your understanding of what letting go really is.

Because, at it’s heart, dana is about loosening our attachments.

When I receive the gift of dana from you, it’s not a form of payment in exchange for what I’ve been sharing with you.  It’s not a tip, either =)

Dana is what allows me to continue to offer these teachings to anyone who will take them to heart and diligently put them into practice.

It’s a way for you to support the continuation of these teachings.

The dana you give goes first towards paying for the expenses related to developing and delivering the material on the 30 Days of Mindfulness Blog and the courses I offer. This includes video hosting, web site hosting, the email system and more.

Once these expenses are paid, some of any leftover dana is used for my basic necessities, such as food, mortgage payments, gas for the car, etc.  You know, the usual stuff =)

The remaining portion of the dana is given to help support the teachers who have given the teachings so freely to me, whose generosity is what has allowed me to be able to, in turn, give these teachings to you.

And in this way, we all participate in carrying on this ancient tradition of supporting something that we value and that has helped make a difference in our lives so that it’s available to others in the future.

When we practice generosity, we are cultivating non-attachment, compassion and the understanding of our interconnectedness. Dana is a way that we can express gratitude and practice generosity, kindness and letting go with mindfulness.

You can give dana by entering an amount in the form below and clicking the “Give Dana” button.

Thanks so much for your support!

Nick

To contribute, Enter an Amount and Click the “Give Dana” Button

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