Dana (Donations) Form

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO OFFER DANA? 

The ancient, traditional practice of dana is incredibly important, mainly because it’s how a teacher is paid for his/her teachings.

In the Pali language, dana means ‘generosity of heart’ or ‘giving freely,’ and its practice has played a central role throughout Buddhism’s history.

Here in the midst of our contemporary Western culture, most trained Buddhist Insight (Vipassana) Meditation teachers who teach full-time, as their sole livelihood, still honor the traditional form of teaching – which means that they completely rely on the generosity (dana) of their students for a sustainable income.

Historically, whenever a student offers funds to help sustain a teacher’s livelihood, it is considered a sincere form of spiritual practice, and it is the teacher’s practice to humbly accept whatever is offered.

Traditionally, dana is offered to teachers at the end of a retreat, as well as anytime throughout the year, or as a regular monthly contribution to help support the teacher and their teachings. Your generosity helps your teacher to lead a simple life, devoted to teaching, and also allows them to take time for their own practice, ensuring that their teachings are continuously enriched.

Whenever you are inspired to offer dana to a teacher, you join a community directly engaged in alleviating suffering and bringing greater wisdom and compassion to the world.

May your practice of dana be for the benefit of all.

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DANA FORM

Your kindness and dana supports Shell’s work, and makes it possible for these teachings to be offered as widely as possible. Please know that whatever you offer is received with much gratitude!

You can use the DONATION FORM (below), or directly mail a check payable to Mindful Shenandoah Valley, 1794 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, VA 22602

There is also an option for monthly recurring donations (listed as “Subscribe), below.

(Also, please note that your donations are not tax deductible.)

THANK YOU!

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