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Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

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Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:47 pm

Hello All,

Happy uposatha! I used to have a habit of making a small donation every uposatha day to a vihara or Dhamma related group (e.g., Pariyatti, Dharmaseed, etc..) and would like to do so again. Although I have no intention of suggesting where people should give I was wondering if people would be interested in taking a day out of each week (it might be easiest to select the uposatha) and commit to give time, material support or just about anything and share that under a new, dedicated thread. I don't know how good of an idea this is but if anyones interested I would be more than willing to keep up my end of the bargain. Rakkhantu sabba devata!

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:02 pm

Sounds like a great idea, Khalil!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:52 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Ben. So, to inaugurate the giving I was thinking of making a donation to the Compassionate Hands Foundation in your sig line but I see that they don't accept PayPal. Would you happen to know how to give or should I just contact them at the email provided?
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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby octobersun79 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:30 pm

Im not rich or knowledgeable but have time on my hands and wish to learn/give if that's any use :-)

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:40 pm

Hi Caroline,

I was just thinking that each week we could post once instance of where we've practiced dana or generosity both to encourage one another and as a practice to develop dana parami. For this uposatha day I'm donating $10.00 to Buddhist Global Relief.
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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:44 pm

Great idea Khali Bodhi! Can I suggest opening out to any good deed performed during the week, after all Dana is not only about money- it could be giving food, clothing and less tangible things like time, effort and even dhamma :)

But if you want to keep it to monetary Dana, that is fine. :)

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Postby octobersun79 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:48 pm

Its a wonderful idea, so that we keep this in mind. I have been of the view that generosity is a core part of what Buddhism is about, if its generosity of the heart, your material possesions or your time. Cultivation of this should be part of your weekly routine, if not daily. I think as a developmental tool it really makes you think about your attachments. I'm in.

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:08 pm

Matheesha and Caroline,

Sounds like we're off to an excellent start. I definitely don't think dana needs to be monetary only but I do think we should make an effort on the Dana days (uposatha days I guess) to practice generosity and post our effort here. What do you think? Anumodana!

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby octobersun79 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:31 pm

Not sure what Anumodana means Mike but I'm in :-)

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:04 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:19 pm

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:40 pm

Fantastic Khalil!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Monkey Mind » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:50 am

I donated dana to the Saranaloka Vihara after reading this:

viewtopic.php?f=30&t=2545&start=520#p127823
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:37 am

Alas, my "dana" has been going to my dog Cody, who dislocated his hip on Saturday.

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He needs to move minimally so that the hip might heal back in place properly.

I've been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for the past few nights next to him to ensure he doesn't get up to any mischief during the night.

Not particularly Dhammic on face value, but it's about the alleviation of suffering, nonetheless (and x-rays, sedation and vet appointments don't come cheap!)

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:33 am

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:35 am

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Ben » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:40 am

Don't devalue it, Retro.
Service to another to lessen its suffering - its a good thing!

My very modest dana was this weekend when I took my son to his first meditation course (2.5hr drive each way), and giving dana to the Centre.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Weekly Dana Club (Anyone Interested?)

Postby Euclid » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:41 am

I really like this idea and would love to get on board!

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:25 am

Awesome Euclid! Every week we can share our dana either on a specific day (I'm going to focus on the uposatha) or whichever strikes your fancy! Anumodana!
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