Dana is a foundation principle underlying the running of Retreats, and also at other Insight Meditation centres and Buddhist monasteries, around the world. This follows a two and a half thousand year-old tradition in the transmission of the dharma.
In order to make this opportunity to practice as accessible as possible, the Karuna Institute seeks to keep costs to a minimum. The charge you paid to attend this retreat covers only the ongoing costs of running the centre, including: food; heating; electricity; water; administration etc. The teachers serve and support your retreat out of kindness and generosity: they are not paid for the work they do.
As your time here comes to an end, you have the opportunity to support the teachers who have supported your retreat.
The Buddha encouraged dana and generosity, in recognition of our interdependence, and as a wholesome practice which helps release the heart and mind from greed and negativity. In receiving with gratitude, and giving with generosity, we become more fully conscious participants in the interconnected web of life that supports us all.
Take it as a practice: there is no expected "right amount", so please listen to your heart and give what you are moved to offer, while also respecting your practical circumstances. Please give generously: your dana ensures the continued transmission of the dharma teachings, and their accessibility to all who wish to receive them. The Directors and Teachers at the Karuna Institute deeply appreciate and thank you for your kindness and generosity.