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By Jana Larson   Continuing in the tradition of Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia, all programs at Common Ground are offered free of charge in the spirit of dana, or generosity.   When first hanging around Common Ground, I found …

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It’s (not) mine Reflections on Dana at Common Ground by Erica S. Schultz “But it’s mine, I own it,” my little four year-old charge yelled at me when I tried to tell her that it probably didn’t make sense to …

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Dear Friends, From the Buddha’s point of view, generosity, or dana, is a foundational and essential spiritual practice. Without the enlivening and liberating experience of generosity, our lives remain limited by our self-centered views, fears, and greed. The Buddha understood …

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Editor’s Note: this is the piece that was read at the Festival of Giving on September 8.  Many thanks to Victoria Woolley for sharing this story. When I moved into my Seward neighborhood home there was an old but serviceable cedar …

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As many of you know, Common Ground Meditation Center is supported entirely by the practice of dana, or generosity. Although dana often takes the form of donations, the practice of dana signifies quite a bit more than that. By way …

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On the last day of my very first meditation retreat, I kept thinking, “Who is Donna and why is everyone giving her all this money?” I soon learned (of course) that dana is the Pali word for generosity and is …

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