Dāna Means Giving
Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery (‘Birken’) is supported solely through the ancient tradition of ‘dāna’ (‘generosity’ or ‘giving’), in the form of monetary and material donations, as well as voluntary labour. Generosity is a quality of the heart which the Buddha greatly encouraged for its benefits to the giver in this life and beyond.
Buddhist monks and nuns may not ask for anything directly unless they are clearly invited to do so. Your donations supply everything for the monastery, from food, soap, and stamps, to generator fuel, building costs, and insurance. These gifts enable the monastics to continue their practice in and sharing of the Dhamma, and support resident stewards who offer their services free of charge.
Monthly or quarterly donations are especially appreciated, as the regularity helps to stabilize our financial operations.
Anumodana – we rejoice in your generosity!
Charitable Status: The monastery is a registered Canadian charitable society.
Official Name: “Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery”. Registered Charity No.: BN 89263 5483 RR0001.