Thank you so much for your generosity. Your support makes it possible for me to spend more of my time offering teachings and support for sincere practitioners.
The Pāli Buddhist word anumodana literally means “Rejoicing Together” and is used as an expression of gratitude when dāna or Dharma-supporting gifts are given.
Generosity as a practice is an expression of the ancient Buddhist tradition of dāna (“giving”). Our version of this ancient practice is sometimes called “Gift Economy”, recognizing the spirit of openness that underlies it, and its radical challenge to the capitalist model that reduces every experience to a price tag.
Blessings for your practice, projects, and relationships always.
DĀNA FOR MONASTICS
Because the practice of Gift Economy is descended from the ancient Buddhist practice of dāna, and that practice is still the only source of support for renunciate monastics in the Theravāda tradition, I encourage students to give generously to monks (bhikkhu) and nuns (bhikkhunī), who truly sustain the Buddha’s unique teaching (sāsana) through the offering of their whole lives in service to the dharma. I consider support of monastics a form of supporting my own teaching, which wouldn’t exist without their example and guidance. Supporting the monastics can be joyful and deeply rewarding, and an expression of love for the practice and for this tradition.
Cultivating a relationship with the monastic tradition can be a powerful refuge and support for practice, and I encourage both casual and dedicated students to visit their centers, attend ceremonies, and discover the beauty of this ancient lineage. My family primarily supports monastics descended from Ajahn Chah’s Thai Forest lineage, based at Abhayagiri in Redwood Valley/Ukiah, and Āloka Vihara in Placerville. You can find info on visiting and supporting them on their pages.