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Dana: the practice of Generosity and Selfless Support of Dharma and Sangha

Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center was founded and led by our Spiritual Director HE Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsetan for over two decades in Maine, without ever once asking for monetary support. On the contrary, whatever offerings are given to him after teachings he immediately turned over to the volunteer board of directors in order to help cover the center’s expenses.

If you are interested in supporting TGL BC by making a one time, monthly, annual, or quarterly donation, please email us at or use the PayPal donate button.

You could also send in your Dana via check to the following address:

PO Box 1883: Gray, ME 04039


We are using dana as a guiding principle to establish the eco Dharma center so that the lights stay on the programs and to ensure they will always be accessible to everyone on a donation basis.  Read more about our eco-dharma center here


We practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings to show gratitude and to have access to the teachings and community of like-minded, dedicated peaceful practitioners as well as supporting a pure place of practice. Your generosity is a gift that supports not just the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice.  It is a form of interdependent connection that supports everyone mutually and equally. Giving, liberality; offering, alms. Specifically, giving of any of the four requisites to the monastic order. More generally, the inclination to give, without expecting any form of repayment from the recipient. Dana is the first theme in the Buddha’s system of gradual training, the first of the ten paramitas, one of the seven treasures, and the first of the three grounds for meritorious action and helps us to let go of seeing material objects as something to grasp onto, but instead to open-handedly share and let go of, so that all may benefit. 

A final word: dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is a practice of giving from the heart. We are grateful to accept services, financial, and technical support. Thank you for whatever contribution you are inspired to make in order to help us realize the vision of establishing a humble, environmentally sustainable, and community-oriented eco Dharma center in Maine.