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Supporting the Teachers and Dharma Seed

Generosity, or dana, is a foundational aspect of the teachings offered through Dharma Seed and in the work that we do as an organization. It is a key aspect of the Buddhist teachings of Insight Meditation and one that is said to brighten the mind and remind us of our interconnectedness.

In many Insight Meditation practice centers throughout the world the meditation teachings are held to be priceless and are offered freely. It is our deep wish and the wish of the teachers who offer teachings here that this continue. We want the meditation teachings to be made available to anyone who is interested, regardless of financial means. Similarly, we want our meditation teachers and Dharma Seed as an organization to be supported and to thrive through the generosity of giving.

1. Support teachers directly

--The full list of teachers with Donate buttons is here.--

The wisdom offered in the talks and meditations on Dharma Seed represent decades of collective experience engaging with the meditation teachings and many individuals’ long-term commitment to inner transformation.

The meditation teachers offering teachings here are supported in part or, in many cases, fully by donations. This means that they do not receive payment from Dharma Seed or any other entity for offering their talks here, but are instead supported by donations from those who have found value in the teachings and wish to see them continue.

Many of the teachers are lay people and thus have the same financial obligations as the everyday person. The monks and nuns offering teachings here also rely completely on donations for their basic needs. Supporting their work is crucial. If you found the teachings here helpful, please consider making a contribution to the teachers.

--The full list of teachers with Donate buttons is here.--

You can also find Donate buttons on an individual teacher’s page, as well as the streaming window while listening to a talk. If you don’t find one, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you make your donation.

2. Support Dharma Seed

As a nonprofit, Dharma Seed also relies completely on the support of donations to keep things running. Your contributions are used to support the cost of staffing, web servers, storage and distribution and digitization. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Subscriptions

Monthly Donation Options

One-time donations

By mail

You can also make a donation through the mail by check (or with an international postal money order for those overseas) to the address below:

Dharma Seed
P.O. Box 1494
Greenfield, MA 01302 USA


"The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence. In the teaching of the Buddha, too, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development. In the Pali suttas we read time and again that "talk on giving" (danakatha) was invariably the first topic to be discussed by the Buddha in his "graduated exposition" of the Dhamma. Whenever the Buddha delivered a discourse to an audience of people who had not yet come to regard him as their teacher, he would start by emphasizing the value of giving. Only after his audience had come to appreciate this virtue would he introduce other aspects of his teaching, such as morality, the law of kamma, and the benefits in renunciation, and only after all these principles had made their impact on the minds of his listeners would he expound to them that unique discovery of the Awakened Ones, the Four Noble Truths." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi from Dana

You can listen to a short talk by Myoshin Kelly on the practice of Dana here: (Download, Stream)


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