The teachings and guidance shared by the community teachers at the Dharma Hub are offered in the spirit of generosity, the practice of dāna. The Dharma Hub charges small administration fee for each class series, but this fee does not go to the teacher. “Dāna” is a Sanskrit and Pali word meaning “generosity” or “giving”. While Dāna is an ancient practice in Buddhadharma, it is still a cutting edge mode of operating in our modern western culture.
Some reasons why Dāna has been the preferred historical choice, is that charging a substantial fees for classes may limit access for some people, and also puts a monetary ‘value’ on what could be considered priceless teachings. We encourage you to ask us about it and explore its meaning as a practice.
We have found that by practicing with a healthy spirit of generosity, we deepen our own practice of trusting that there is ‘more than enough’, while supporting teachers to make these healing teachings and tools available to all. By offering material and other kinds of dāna with an open heart, everyone benefits, particularly the giver.
There is a Dāna bowl located at the Dharma Hub entrance, one way to give Dāna. It is traditional to give Dāna before the class starts as a symbol of aspiration and trust. You can also use the button below:
Give Dāna Online:
- What is Dana? by Catherine Pawasarat.
- Spiritual Energy Traders: On Giving & Receiving, Trust & Capitalism by Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat.
Meditation Classes & Community in Calgary
The Dharma Hub is located in central Calgary. We are an urban, practicing spiritual community offering regular meditation classes and events in the city and at our affiliated meditation center, Clear Sky. Read more about us and current meditation schedule and classes in Calgary.