Wherever possible, I offer these teachings freely, following the principle of dāna. This means usually there is no fee for classes or groups for example, but donations are accepted.
Dāna is the Pali word for generosity and it’s considered the foundation of the Dhamma (teachings) as everything else rests on this spirit of an open and caring heart.
The Buddha often described the Dhamma as priceless, beyond measure, and that it should be available to all. Offering these online (and eventually in-person) groups, classes and retreats freely ensure that this spirit is maintained and that generosity is the ground upon which we practice together.
Both the giver and receiver experience generosity. I, as the receiver become aware of my reactions to receiving dana and the giver becomes aware of their reactions to giving. It becomes a mutually interdependent process.
In this way, generosity can be seen as an ongoing, reciprocal practice, a quality of the heart and mind.
I love this approach to generosity. Thanks for sharing this explanation.