February 22, 2012

This Sunday: Dana, Sila and Bhavana with Rebecca, Anthony and Pauletta at Alameda Sangha from 7-9 pm 2/26/12

Hello Everyone,

May this find you well and having a good week.

Come and join us this Sunday to hear the teachings on Dana (Generosity), Sila (Ethics) and Bhavana (mental development; mental culture). We will also be acknowledging the volunteers who help Alameda Sangha behind the scenes in numerous ways and exemplify the practice of dana in the heart and mind.

Below are two great links to articles about dana written by Thanissaro Bhikku. He gives a wonderful historical perspective on how it has been practiced in Asia, where most dhamma teachers are monastics vs. mostly laypeople here in the West. The other article, No Strings Attached gives his astute analysis on how the practice of dana has in his opinion, unskillfully transplanted itself here in the West and has taken the same overtones as fund raising with subliminal expectations of contribution at the end of talks, retreats, etc. Given the difficulty of practicing dana and attempting to maintain the purity of it in Asian cultures in our money culture, he still gives alternative methods for us to consider in how dana gets offered and received. Both articles are definitely good reads, stimulating serious reflection for modern Western Buddhists everywhere.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/nostringsattached.html

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/economy.html

See you all soon,
with metta, Pauletta

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