Sangha Dana: The Gift of Support for the Monastic Community
When the Buddha designed the spiritual life for his monastic and lay followers, he created a system of mutual dependence. Lay people who lived in the world would provide the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, and medicine to the monks and nuns. The monastics would then be free to learn and practice the Buddha’s teachings to the highest level. By providing material support, lay people get to practice material generosity and monastics get to practice spiritual generosity by sharing the teachings they have learned.
This spiritual relationship is maintained to this day by the monks. Every day lay people have the opportunity to come and offer breakfast and lunch to the monks. This then gives them an opportunity to listen to teachings and ask questions.
Even if you have never given a meal to monks before please don’t worry about it. We will give you all the instructions you need and make you feel at home.
If you are interested in making a meal offering, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (778) 939-5241
You may be wondering…
- “Are there meditation classes?”
- “Is there really a Buddhist monastery in Winnipeg?”
- “Can non-Buddhists benefit from your activities?”
- “What do Buddhists believe?”
- “What happens at a monastery?”
- “Who are the monks? Who are the lay people?”
- “What can I expect when I visit?”
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