Dana is a Pali word meaning “generosity.” As one of the six paramitas or “perfections,” the practice of generosity is an integral part of the Buddhist path. Dharma teachings are traditionally offered on the basis of dana which is offered to a teacher in recognition of the precious gift that has been given. When dana is offered, tendrel or “auspicious interdependence” is created between the teacher and the student.
Tara Mandala compensates teachers by only covering their travel and room and board while teaching. We sincerely love and appreciate our teachers and are grateful for the teachings they bring each year to our retreats.
Tara Mandala suggests a range of dana for each retreat, based on the number of days in which the retreat will take place. Your offering should be based on your individual capacity. Please offer as much as you comfortably can, which ensures the flourishing of Dharma for generations to come. There is an opportunity to give dana upon registration directly to the teacher(s) or at the end of each retreat, which is a special time of honoring what has been given and what has been received.
Dana can be offered through Paypal, check, or cash. A computer is available in the Temple for Paypal transactions or you may use your own device between 7:00 – 10:30pm in the community building. If you are coming to a retreat and want to offer Dana, we suggest a range between $30-50 per day of your retreat, however you may give more or less according to your capacity.
To offer Dana for your retreat, please look for your teachers’ name and PayPal information in the list below.
Give Dana to other teachers:
To give Dana, you must first have a PayPal account. Next, find the PayPal information of your teacher below. If your teacher has a PayPal.me page, click the “Give Dana Here” link to visit your teacher’s account directly. For teachers without a PayPal.me, log into your PayPal account and use the teacher’s email address provided to find their account.