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What is Dāna?

The Buddha used the Pali word  “Dāna” to describe giving, commonly translated as generosity. Activating generosity within us is the first instruction the Buddha gave to lay people. It was his first step teaching us to open our hearts to help make us successful in life and in spiritual development. The Buddha taught three kinds of Dāna: Generosity of Mind, Generosity of Speech, and Generosity through Bodily actions:


Giving with the mind means to cultivate wholesome thoughts to support yourself and those around you.


Giving through speech means to use kind and wise words with good intention to help yourself and others be succesful in life.


Giving with bodily actions means the direct act of offering dana as described above or doing those deeds that help your family, teachers, and others in your life whenever there is need.


In Asia, lay community members support programs and activities at monasteries and meditation centers by providing goods and services to sustain their highly valued role in society. These traditional communities make it possible to build housing; provide transportation, clothing, food, and medicine to  monastics so that they can dedicate themselves full time in teaching and preserving the riches of wisdom and compassion found in the Buddha’s Teachings. For an in depth article on all the aspects of Dāna you might enjoy this publication.


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You can make a direct Bank Transfer to the Suttāvada Foundation in the Netherlands. Account is in Euros and all proceedings will be used for the livelihood of Delson

Bank Details

  • Name: Stichting Suttavada
  • Account no: NL81 INGB 0007 4503 93
  • Address: Vaartweg 182D, 1217SZ Hilversum, the Netherlands
  • BIC/SWIFT code: INGBNL2A (in case you need a branch code, you can use INGBNL2AXXX )
  • Bank Address: ING Bank N.V., Foreign Operations, PO Box 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands