Following a long Buddhist tradition, our teachers offer the Buddhadharma out of a spirit of generosity (we use the term “dana,” which is the word used in classical Indic languages including Sanskrit and Pali). Dana is a foundational Buddhist practice and is viewed as a way to cultivate one's own spiritual development while benefiting others. Dana can take many forms, including giving money or material possessions, offering one's time or skills to a community or cause, providing support or assistance to others, or even simply being kind.
Program fees do not include compensation for teachers, though we do reimburse them for travel and other basic costs. Some of our teachers live only on freely offered dana contributions as a life practice; it is an inspiring, counter-cultural way of life. There will be an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to your teachers at the end of your program.