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In Theravadin Buddhism Dana is one of the three fundamental practices to be cultivated which are: Dana (giving), Sila (moral virtue) and Bhavana (meditation/mental cultivation). These practices form a solid and healthy basis for mental calm and tranquility together with deeper insight (vipassana) and meditative concentration or absorption known as samadhi and jhana.

Dana is also one of the paramis or paramitas, the transcendental perfections cultivated by the Buddha himself and all enlightening beings. As the mental quality of dana is one of unselfishness and release, as a practice it is directly counter to the spiritual poisons of greed, attachment, selfishness and clinging. Thus, the mental state involved in dana and the actions that arise from it are closely related to release, liberation and the freeing of the heart, Citta Vimutti.

All activities at Aranya Bodhi are supported entirely by the generosity of friends. There is never any charge for any of the teachings, programs, retreat time and space or any of the other activities here.

Theravadin Buddhist monastics who live by the traditional Vinaya as taught by the Buddha use and keep no money, do not engage in commercial transactions and do not own goods other than their four basic monastic requisites of a set of robes, almsfood, lodging and medicine in times of sickness. All of their labors and activities are offered charitably and freely in their practice of generosity.