Our teachers at TCVC retreats offer their instruction and support free of charge in the spirit of generosity, or “dana.” In return, retreatants are invited to explore their own practice of generosity by freely giving to support the teachers at the end of retreat. (Don’t forget to bring some extra cash or a checkbook if you are participating in this practice! TCVC does not have a card reader handy at retreats.) This allows both teachers and retreatants to explore the effects of giving and receiving freely – an important part of our everyday practice. There is no ‘right way’ to practice dana, except to bring increasingly greater awareness to the process of giving and receiving. Mindfulness provides the space necessary to recognize and act on our generous intentions skillfully. Only by listening can we discover an appropriate level of support. If you would like to learn more about dana, please feel free to check out this article from Insight Meditation Center, read this article about dana by community member Matt Buzzard on Common Ground Meditation Center’s blog, or listen to related talks on Dharmaseed.