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It was when I first ordained as a monk in Myanmar that I realized the power and beauty of generosity. Nearly every aspect of living at the monastery rested on generosity – the teachings I received from Sayadaw U Tejaniya, the food and shelter, going for alms rounds, all of it was the result of dāna. Dāna is the Pali word for generosity and it allows us to engage in a non-transactional way.

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Over the years, it has been so joyful to continue in this vein, both supporting my own teachers and guides and receiving the generosity of others. Wherever possible, I offer these teachings free of charge, following the principle of dāna.

The Buddha often described the Dhamma as priceless, beyond measure, and that it should be available to all. Offering these online sessions and other retreats through the Dāna model ensures that this spirit

Sayadaw U Tejaniya (front) on alms rounds, Myanmar 2005

is maintained and that generosity is the ground upon which we practice together.

Dāna is considered the foundation of the Dhamma as everything else rests on this spirit of an open and caring heart. It's integral to compassion and spiritual friendship and is interwoven into the wisdom of non-grasping and the gradual insights into letting go. It's not a payment, and it's not a tip. It's an act of giving.

Your financial support directly inspires and enables me to continue practicing and sharing these teachings.

With gratitude,


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Alexis Santos

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Portland, ME 04101

Thank you