Dana (the Pali word that means giving/generosity) is an essential practice in the ancient teachings of the Buddha. In Buddhist texts, generosity is taught as a foundational practice which opens the heart and mind and supports the meditative path of calm and Insight. For over 2,600 years, Buddhist monks and nuns have been involved in a symbiotic relationship of generosity with their communities. The community provides them with food and other basic needs, and in exchange they offer solace and meditative guidance. Everyone benefits from participating in this circle of generosity.
In modern day America the specifics have changed, but the symbiosis remains the same. IMCN is a non-profit organization that offers teachings to the community at rates that are well below what we need to receive in order to make ends meet. As an organization, as well as a group of teachers, we rely on your financial gifts of generosity, beyond the basic fees, in order to exist.
We receive each gift of dana, no matter how big or small it is, with deep gratitude, knowing that these gifts from the heart will allow us to continue to offer insight meditation to this community. All the dana offered by clicking on the 'Donate' button below is 100% tax-deductible.