"If beings only knew - same like me, how the result of sharing is of such great fruit, with a gladdened mind, rid of the stain of meanness, they would duly give to noble ones who make what is given fruitful."

 (Itivuttaka 26 - Dāna)


According to the Buddhist tradition of Dana (= generosity, giving) the participation in the courses for practice and study is free of charge. There are no fees for the teachings, the facilities and the meals. There are no suggestions for donations. The teaching shall be freely available to anyone, irrespective of their financial background.

 

All arising costs are covered solely by voluntary donations. People who have experienced the benefits of the meditation practice and who wish to maintain and support such offers in the future, can give a donation according to their own wish and possibilities. In this way the courses are a gift from other meditators, previous participants and general supporters.


General monetary donations

 

If you wish to donate once you can either leave your donation in the dana boxes at the meditation center or make a transfer to the bank account of the association. 

  

Account: 

Dhammanikhom Vipassana-Meditationszentrum e.V. 

Sparkasse Spree-Neiße

BIC: WELADED1CBN

IBAN: DE83 1805 0000 0190 0676 24

Purpose: donation 


Long-term monthly donation for running costs (standing order)

 

If you would like to support the association monthly to cover running costs (e.g. electricity, water, heating, insurance, maintenance costs, health insurance), you can set up a standing order. It would be helpful for the bookkeeping if this were on the 1st or 15th of each month.

 

Currently, the monthly running costs amount to 3,000 - 3,100 €. This does not include maintenance costs, minor repairs and food.

You can choose a day of the month (e.g. every 1st or every 20th etc.) on which you would like to dedicate the monthly donation. At the center, we have a list where we write down the donors and then share the merits with them on that day and dedicate the blessing with the donor.

On an annual average, the daily expenses for running costs amount to around €100. You can donate a whole day or a partial amount.

Please have a list at the monthly overview on the German page!

 

Account: 

Dhammanikhom Vipassana-Meditationszentrum e.V. 

Sparkasse Spree-Neiße

BIC: WELADED1CBN

IBAN: DE83 1805 0000 0190 0676 24

Purpose: monthly donation 


Peach blossom-donation tree & Autumn leaves-donation tree for building measures

 

Information on the construction measures can be found here. If you have any questions about the process or the organization of the donation tree, please contact us.

 

110,000 € are currently available for the first construction phase in the nuns' area (staircase for separate nuns' entrance, office and roof and ceiling work for structural stability in this area). Work on this construction phase has already begun.

 

However, we would like to move seamlessly into the second construction phase for the expansion of two nuns' rooms with bathrooms and a hallway (as a lounge for the nuns' community, small tea corner, storage room for religious objects, Dhamma books, robe fabrics, etc.). A further amount of 75,950 € is expected to be needed for this section! (by 12.05.2024)

 

We hope to raise this amount in three parts to keep the construction process flowing:

 

  • 40,000 € until Vesakh (May 22, 2024)                                                               =>             0 € still needed
  • 40,000 € until Asalha (July 20, 2024)                                               => 35,950 € still needed
  • 40,000 € by the end of the rainy season (October 17, 2024)         => 40,000 € still needed

There are more free blossoms and leaves on our donation trees:

 

76 peach blossoms (€1,000 each) can still blossom on the peach blossom donation tree. It is also possible to donate a whole branch with eight blossoms (€8,000).   

 

38 leaves (€ 2,000 each) can still blossom on the autumn leaves donation tree.

 

Of course you can also give smaller amounts (collective blossom or collective leaf) or join together with other meditators to form a group that donates an entire blossom or leaf.

 

 

Account: 

Dhammanikhom Vipassana-Meditationszentrum e.V. 

Sparkasse Spree-Neiße

BIC: WELADED1CBN

IBAN: DE83 1805 0000 0190 0676 24

Purpose: donation tree 

 

We are also very pleased that the expansion of the 2nd construction phase in the nuns' area (2 nuns' rooms, 2 bathrooms and hallway) is being supported by the Sati Foundation - Foundation for Mindfulness, based in Laufenburg. The foundation explicitly promotes the support of ordained persons; it is particularly committed to the Bhikkhuni Sangha, women on the path to ordination and nunneries.


Donation of food and meals

 

The teacher takes her one meal at 11 a.m. The meditators have breakfast at 6.30 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m. If you wish to contribute something to these meals please contact us at least one day prior to your donation.

 

If you cannot come on time in the morning (breakfast before 6 a.m., lunch before 10 a.m.) it is possible to leave a prepared meal or groceries in the kitchen the day before, so that the helpers can offer them the next day.

 

It is also possible to invite the Venerable Bhikkhuni Silavaddhani to the traditional morning alms walk (piṇḍapāta) in front of your own door. If someone is interested in maintaining and supporting this old tradition, please contact us. We can give you more information about the procedure.

 

If you would like to donate the food for Bhikkhuni Silavaddhani, possibly other nuns, the house community and the meditators on a fixed day every month for a longer period of time, please send us an email. 

 

You can choose a day in the month (e.g. every 1st or 20th etc.) on which you would like to be a food dana sponsor. In the centre we have a list on which we will register the donors and then on the respective day we will share the merits with them and dedicate the blessing for the meal to the donor. 

  

On average over the year, the daily expenses for food are approximately 30 €. When the Food Dana sponsorships were launched, the daily costs were about 20-25 €. It is foreseeable that in the future this amount will slowly increase due to further growth (in participants and in course duration).

Existing long-term sponsorships at 20 € can continue as normal. But a few days can also be "double-booked".

 

It would be helpful for the book-keeping if the standing order for 30 € can be set on the 1st or 15th of each month.

 

Please have a look at the monthly overview at the German page!

 

Account: 

Dhammanikhom Vipassana-Meditationszentrum e.V. 

Sparkasse Spree-Neiße

BIC: WELADED1CBN

IBAN: DE83 1805 0000 0190 0676 24 

Purpose: food dana  


Donation of time and skills

 

This can include offering transport or carrying out small gardening tasks, e.g. mowing the lawn. Please ask us what is needed.