Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha 2,500 years ago, the transmission of the Buddha's teachings has been supported by the members of the practice community through "dana," a Pali word usually translated into English as “generosity” or “giving." This tradition continues today, with our teachers freely sharing their Dharma teachings, offering us the fruits of their many years of training and practice. Dana is a way for us to express our individual appreciation for our teachers and to support the Florida Community of Mindfulness as the vehicle through which these teachings are offered.
How do we practice dana in the Florida Community of Mindfulness?
FCM relies upon its members for their annual membership pledges and other tax-deductible financial contributions, which are FCM’s sole source of funds. This dana provides FCM with funds that support the operation of FCM's Tampa Practice Center and meeting spaces in Naples and St. Petersburg; offer financial support to our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, so he can continue to work as a full-time Dharma teacher; assist with travel expenses to bring guest speakers to our area; and contribute toward our Retreat Scholarship Fund. Read more about how you can make donations to support FCM.