There are donation (dana) boxes at the meditation sessions. Donations are used to pay postage for the books, for meditation supplies such as cushions, to help the temple with expenses such as heat, and more recently for Pattago Bhikkhu’s fuel to drive from his home temple in Portland to the temple in Olympia.
Buddhangkura Thai Temple provides a meeting space for our English-speaking group, Theravada in Olympia, for free. If you wish to donate to the temple without attending an event, please send a check to the address on the home page.
Dana is the Pali word for giving from the heart. Generosity is one of the Ten Perfections that lead to Enlightenment, and it is contained in the suttas, that is, the Buddha’s teachings. In the centuries after the Buddha’s death, people wondered how, through his lifetimes, he’d progressed to the point of being only one lifetime away from Buddhahood. They came to believe that he’d incorporated the Ten Perfections into his daily life.
Dana benefits the giver more than the receiver. If you give with a warm feeling in your heart, rather than only out of duty, you’ll receive the benefit.