The following is an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation:
Giving (dana) is an essential Buddhist practice. It is about generosity and openness, our capacity to embrace others with our compassion and love. When we truly see ourselves as others and others as ourselves, we naturally want to do everything we can to secure their happiness and well-being, because we know that it is also our own well-being and happiness.
We exist in interbeing with all of life. When we understand this fundamental truth, our acts of giving will be made in the spirit of nondiscrimination. The merit, the spiritual benefit to be gained from the practice of giving cannot be calculated. Helping to create a meditation hall is an offering for everyone, for the continuation of the Dharma. The practice of dana brings a lot of happiness when we know how to do it in the spirit of wisdom, with the understanding of interbeing.
In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings of Dharma teachers are often given freely because they are considered priceless. To reciprocate that generosity, students and lay practitioners also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is given from the heart, in whatever amount meaningful to you. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice.
The best way to support our community is to become a member. Sustaining membership allows us to plan and to take advantage of opportunities to learn and serve. Membership brings the blessings of connection and generosity to you and our community.
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Dana may be dropped off on practice days at Sangha, or checks can be mailed to our P.O. Box.
Note: Anacortes Mindfulness Community is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit. Your donations are fully tax deductible. We can provide you with an annual report of your donations upon request, as long as they were via check or Paypal. An end of year report/receipt will be automatically provided for any donor who gives $250 or more in any single donation, during the year. Unfortunately, we have no way to provide you with a receipt at the end of the year if you donated cash directly into the weekly Dana basket, so you will need to track those donations yourself.
Anacortes Mindfulness Community
P.O. Box 1107
Anacortes, WA 98221
Please write any checks to Anacortes Mindfulness Community.
Ways you can donate:
-You may donate by check at any gathering, or by mailing your check to the above address.
-You may donate cash by dropping it into the Dana Basket.
-You may donate via Paypal by clicking the following link: