Dana – Generosity

In our practice we are encouraged to practice generosity or dana (pronounced dah-na), one of the “Six Paramitas,” or Perfections.

Generosity doesn’t exclusively refer to money or tangible gifts. Your practice of generosity may simply be offering someone the gift of your lovely smile, your loving speech and deep listening. You can also give someone, or the community your gift of freedom, your full being – your freedom from anger, sorrow, forgetfulness, the past or the future. These beautiful offerings can awaken an awareness of generosity. During Sangha, our Dharma sharing is a form of generosity, as is the way in which we breathe and walk or even invite the bell. Our solidity of practice, an intention on the eightfold path, our taking up the way of embodying the Mindfulness Trainings: all these are gifts to the universe. We practice not just in order to fix or help ourselves, but to relieve suffering everywhere. That is generosity.

There is, however, also need for concrete financial gifts and gifts of volunteering – if you can and want to give. SnowFlower Sangha (of which Four Lakes is a part of) relies solely on volunteers and on your financial generosity to function. Your contributions allow the community to meet in our physical spaces, and provide cushions, bells, and library books. Financial support also goes to a few minimal necessities like a Zoom account. SnowFlower also covers any deficit from retreats when attendance is less than anticipated, and SnowFlower offers members scholarships for retreats. Volunteers facilitate gatherings, organize retreats and more.

Financial Donations

If you are able and willing, please consider making a financial contribution to SnowFlower. You can choose to make a one-time gift, an annual, quarterly, or monthly donation. Suggested amounts are: $3 per week/person, which equates to ~$15 per month, or $45 per quarter.

We use PayPal to securely process online gifts, but you don’t need to have a PayPal account if you just want to donate online using a credit card. We encourage you to set up a recurring monthly donation so you don’t have to remember to donate each month. Please be sure to indicate the category for your gift under Optional “Use this donation for” and select a SnowFlower Basket.

Volunteer Donations

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to fourlakessangha [at] gmail.com

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