In 2015 we stopped making charges for classes, courses, and Sangha activities, and invited all of us to keep them happening by giving money and energy.
We responded generously – our regular monthly donations have almost doubled. Thank you to everyone who has given, on behalf of everyone who has been through our doors this year to contact the Buddha-Dharma as expressed in our Sangha!
Dana, or generosity, is top of several traditional Buddhist lists of fine ethical qualities to be cultivated. For any Triratna Centre, there’s a big decision: charge for classes or retreats and run the risk that some people will be put off booking, or run a “Dana economy” – relying entirely on donations - and risk a financial shortfall?
Samachitta is Chair of Birmingham Buddhist Centre (UK). She writes: “All Buddhist classes at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre have been free since 2009.
By Dassini on Thu, 19 Feb, 2015 - 14:27Transitioning to a dana economy:
Big Dana Discussion 2 (for all oms and mitras) Friday 20 February 6.30pm - 9.30pm at GBC
At the first Big Dana Discussion we resolved to meet again within 4 weeks, and so here we go..
The format for this evening is a conversation cafe, starting with homemade soup and bread. Feel free to bring any cake. Vegan baking in particular is always welcome, as are gluten-free offerings. If you’d...