Generosity & Dana

About Dana

Dāna is a Sanskrit and Pali word for the virtue of generosity. The Buddha said the teachings were priceless, more valuable than all the jewels in the kingdom and so are offered freely to all. This has amazingly been sustained for 2,600 years. Honoring this tradition, the teachings at Dhamma Dena continue to be offered freely.

Teacher and center support is provided by voluntary donations. These offerings are often the only source of teachers’ income and an important source for the center.

For retreats with registration fees, those fees only cover the cost of sustaining buildings and the manager.

In the Teachers' Words

“When I contemplate the blessings in my life, coming into contact with the dharma is one I am so very grateful for. The practice and the teachers who have guided me have transformed my life."


“It is a beautiful quality, an opening of the heart into sharing. It provides an atmosphere of non-separateness and an expression of unity. It is the selfless manifestation of non-greed and non-attachment. It is the practice of all religions and is the basis of all spiritual growth."

Ruth Denison, on Generosity

How can I give?

If you have been touched by these teachings, want to support one of the teachers, or if you have been moved by the center, the beauty of the desert and our commitment to serve all our communities, you can make a donation to the center.

Via check: Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 

Via online: click the button below

Monthly Giving: The Stewardship Circle: Connection, Intention, Generosity

Joining the Stewardship Circle is an opportunity to practice this beautiful heart quality while sustaining our community, this land, and everything it takes to tend this precious refuge.

By offering $25 or more each month, Stewardship Circle members sustain everything we do here.

Dhamma Dena's Wishlist

A list of necessities for operating, improving and maintaining our facilities and running our programs can be found on Dhamma Dena's Amazon Wish List

More information can also be found here.

Tribute & Honor Giving

Making a gift to Dhamma Dena in the name of a loved one is a sweet way to acknowledge a connection your loved one may have to Dhamma Dena and supports all that we do here. If you would like to offer a gift in someone’s name in celebration of a birthday or wedding or in their memory, simply complete the donation form here and let us know who the gift is in honor or memory of and include who should notify (if desired) along with their address in the comments field. We are happy to send a note to the family or individual, letting them know that you have made a gift in their name.

Legacy & Estate Giving

A beautiful way to support Dhamma Dena Meditation Center in the future is by remembering us in your estate plans. You can do this by simply including Dhamma Dena as a beneficiary of your will or living trust, your retirement plan, bank account or in your life insurance policy. For more information about legacy giving and joining  or to let us know that you have already named Dhamma Dena in your estate plans, please contact the manager at 760-362-4815

Checks can be mailed to Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 

Dhamma Dena is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization -- Tax ID # 95-3502908. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.