What is Dana?
Dana can be translated as cultivating generosity or giving. Great time and energy has gone into Robin’s training and the preparation and teaching the 8=Week Mindfulness Course. Apart for a nominal fee that is an approximate covering of costs and a sign of commitment, Robin asks for no direct payment for the teaching. Instead at the end of each Mindfulness Course, participants are given the opportunity to offer a voluntary financial contribution if they wish to support her in being able to offer this service. 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 the Mindfulness course you will be taught by Robin who has spent 12 years developing a personal practice and 3 years at Exeter University studying a mixture of Buddhist psychology, neuroscience and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. After Qualifying as a Mindfulness teacher Robin is still involved in Mindfulness research. This is only possible through the continuing generosity of the people she teaches. As a teacher she shares a firm commitment to the principle of Dana rather than asking a fee for leading courses. The basic cost is just enough to maintain a space for the course, administration and to cover other expenses.
How does Dana benefit the Teachers?
The Dharma Teachings of wisdom and compassion are considered priceless, thus Teachers offer their understanding freely, as it has been over centuries.
The livelihood of most Buddhist Teachers depends wholly, or to a large extent, on the generosity and voluntary contributions from participants who value their guidance and wish to support the ongoing teachings of the Dharma. Your generosity to the teacher is greatly appreciated, it is truly what enables the continuation of the teachings. About the teacher .