Many benefits arise from a formal sitting practice on one’s own, but there is profound power to be found in practicing amongst one’s peers in community, or Sangha. The Buddha said a large part of the Path is to be with Kalyana Mitta, spiritual friends.
A sitting group offers a nourishing space where fellow practitioners can explore and share the joys and difficulties of living mindfully amidst the challenges of everyday life.
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Why is Dana an important practice?
Betsy: The more I explore the practice of Dana (giving/generosity), the more I find it offering doorways to examine the places where I’m stuck. What does it feel like to consider someone else before oneself? Is it always pleasant to give? Where, when and why do we hold on and cling in the face of our own generosity?
What are our motivations and expectations and how does that shape how we practice Dana? Is allowing someone else the opportunity to give to me, Dana?
In and of itself, Dana develops a connection with others and opens the heart and mind to seeing one’s perspective towards compassion and underscores our interrelatedness. It has the ability to soften how we are in the world and how we interact with those around us and offers an antidote and balm to our habitual patterns of self hatred, and aversion. The true practice of Dana requires awareness and presence.
Can you imagine a world in which we all put the well being of others before ourselves?