Since I began my practice, this has been a controversial topic. I find that the people of Seattle do not like the open-ended nature of the principle of Dāna, which I describe in detail below. Accordingly, I do also offer some suggestions for how to adjust your donation. Even more: the Living Moksha Center is now a non-profit organization. If you would like to make your contribtion to the Living Moksha Center, it will be on record as a tax-deductable donation which you can use at tax time.
The tantric niyama of dāna is the personal obervance of generosity. "In the Buddhist tradition, teachings are given without charge, because they are considered priceless." (Learn more.) Similarly, Jesus commissions his disciples not to charge for their healing or teaching. (Matthew 10:9-10.) These were different cultures, and different circumstances, but I keep the principle alive through the concept of Dāna.
As Jesus concludes his guidance, he says: "The worker is worth his keep." Likewise, the "first perfection" (Paramita) of Buddhism is Dāna. The idea is that the teaching is a gift, and those who receive the gift and value it, will help sustain the teacher. But note that "Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart."
When you enter my sanctuary, you are not entering into a financial transaction. If you value what you gain from me, consider the concept of Dāna.
The offering of Dāna should not be a sacrifice, and it should not burden your budget. Rather, it should be a gift that you can joyfully offer, even as you joyfully receive worshipful pleasure.
Despite all of the above, many people still want to know what it takes to keep the mission going! I subsist entirely upon the offerings of those who come to me. This includes an ongoing process of training and study to ensure that I am always bringing the best possible experience and wisdom to all seekers, as well as time to prepare myself and the sanctuary for you. Please consider the following suggestions a center-point for choosing your own donation:
|90 Minute Experiential Session||$250|
|Longer experiential session||$150/hour|
Bearing in mind that not all who come to me can afford those kinds of gifts, I repeat: if (and only if) you find value in my service, I will accept whatever gift you can joyfully offer.
Some also prefer to make a one-time donation for a series of sessions, which is also completely welcome.