Dāna is voluntary, it covers basic life necessities of the Saṅgha. An inevitable part of our practice is taking care of the venerable Visuddhi and occasional visiting Saṅgha members and providing for her basic needs. If you want to make an offering to bhikkhunī Visuddhi of particular items (or other members of the Saṅgha residing in the ārāma), we advise you to consult it with her or the committee members of the Association Karuṇā Sevena via email or make an appointment.
„Of all gifts, the gift of Dhamma is the highest.“ - Dhp. XXIV v. 354
In Buddhism, a householder's spiritual path is often conceived of in terms of making merit (puñña). The primary bases for meritorious action in Buddhism are generosity (dāna), ethical conduct (sīla) and meditation development (bhāvanā).
Dāna has been defined in traditional texts as any activity by which one gives something that one considers to be one’s own to a recipient without expecting anything in return.
“For the one who gives merit is increased,
From restraint hatred is not accumulated.
The skilful one gives up what is bad,
Through the destruction of passion, hatred,
and delusion, he is emancipated.” - DN 16
Regarding the suitability of the dāna, we offer the four requisites to bhikkhus and bhikkhunīs:
1) Robes – it is recommended to ask what part of the robe or clothing is needed at the moment. Bhikkhus and bhikkhunīs cannot store more than 3 robes at a time for their own use.
2) Food – only vegetarian meals are cooked in the ārāma (+ egg-free). bhikkhunī Visuddhi has health problems, thus it is important for you to ask her food advisor regarding the selection of the food items.
3) Medicine – in case of illness. Please we advise against buying medicines (even plant-based products) on your own and based on your experience. Even though your intention to help is appreciated, these could cause more health problems in the end.
We offer the dāna with both hands. In case there is more than one bhikkhunī in the ārāma, we make an offering to a senior bhikkhunī first. If you happen to be on the monastic premises, the food given to the bhikkhunī as a dāna and stored in the kitchen cannot be taken away by the laypeople. Dāna belongs to the Saṅgha, otherwise it is the stealing from the Saṅgha, with subsequent proper karmic consequences.
Ārāma’s equipment was provided by the donors, therefore we kindly ask you to handle it carefully and mindfully.
The contact to support projects and activities of the Association Karuṇā Sevena: 6855804001/5500, IBAN: CZ6755000000006855804001, SWIFT: RZBCCZPP - The funds are used to cover the basic monastic needs of the Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi, such as - robe, food, medicine and abode (this also covers transportation, accommodation, air tickets, etc.). Distribution of books, construction of the meditation room, the furnishing of the monastery KS, insurance, utility bills, etc. Tax deductible in the Czech Republic. Please state the reason for the donation with the following note" For the Association KS."
The contact for the project Suriya Lamai: 6855679001/5500, IBAN: CZ4955000000006855679001, SWIFT: RZBCCZPP
- The intention of the project Suriya Lamai “The Children of the Sun” is to enable children from poor families to develop and educate themselves and to provide them with basic needs. The donation is tax deductible in the Czech Republic.
Neither of the above is a public collection, and therefore we ask all donors to add their contact information to their gift, so that we can issue a donation agreement contract or a donation receipt. We thank to all the donors.
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