‘When a gift is given, it makes the mind serene.
Gratification & joy arise,’
one gives a gift with the thought,
‘This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind.’
— AN 7.52
Giving (Dāna) is a fundamental practice in Buddhism to develop the mind for both monastics and lay practitioners. Monastics freely give the Dhamma. They devote their life to fully develop the Buddhist path to be able to share their insight with others and to inspire them. This Dhamma is invaluable to the world. All dhamma talks and stays at the monastery are therfore made available free of charge. Lay practitioners however have the opportunity to give donations according to their means and inspiration.
In the Theravada tradition, monastics don’t use money. They depend on the lay community to provide their material needs. They have renounced the world in order to be able to fully focus on their spiritual development.
By following this practice set up by the Buddha, both the lay community and the Sangha mutually depend on each other. This fosters a sense of community and responsibility for each other.
There are several ways to support Tilorien Buddhist Monastery:
Please send us an email if you would like to dedicate your contribution to a departed family member or friend, or to someone in difficulty.