The Concept of a Dana Economy
NCMC events are offered in the spirit of dana, a Sanskrit/Pali word meaning giving or gift. We believe that the meditative arts, in all of its varied cultural manifestations, are the products of Humanity’s unified quest for self-healing through self-knowing. Meditation is the soul’s gift to the heart and mind. It restores mental clarity, polishes the mirror of self-reflection, opens the way to intrinsic guidance, and fosters an expanded circle of compassion.
As a gift, it should not be treated as a commodity, but offered in the spirit of dana, an economy rooted in compassion and generosity.
To support our programs, rather than offering our work as a service to be bought, we ask for contributions. The basic principle of the dana economy is, “give what you can, take what you need”.
Our suggested donations reflect the base income needed to make the events possible. Lacking an independent means of financing, we turn to our program participants and our well-wishers for their support.
If you can offer more, please do. Similarly, we appreciate that your financial circumstances might mean you need to give less. Either way, enter the spirit of our dana economy by giving what you can, so that we can support you to take what you need. We are also open to discussing donations in the form of skill sharing and other offers of work to support the project. We look forward to meeting you in the spirit of mutual generosity.
Please note that there are times, however, when we may need to have fee-based programs to raise funds or for programs where expenses are high. We work though to accommodate for those without a budget.
Reference: Eco-Dharma Centre
2018 Program Support
Ironbound Community Corporation Sponsor of our Thursday meditation classes in the Ironbound.
Rabbit Hole Farm Meal planners and caterers providing vegetarian lunches for our retreats.
Military Park Partnership Partners for our meditation classes and tai-chi classes as part of Military Park summer programs.