Are you looking for a chance to connect with others in the Troy’s meditation community? Are you seeking the opportunity to join regularly in a group meditation practice? Although meditation is an individual inner experience, meditating in groups provides a sense of community and connectedness.
Please join us for or next three hour mini-meditation retreat. Each sessions is facilitated by a different instructor in order to bring you a spectrum of practices and perspectives— from guided mindfulness practices to silent zen practices. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome.
STUDIO COST: $3
DONATIONS FOR TEACHER ACCEPTED
Upcoming Meditation Days
PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Deep Bows & Gratitude
We request a $3 contribution to cover the cost of tea and room rental. Beyond that, what you pay is based on what you can reasonably afford and what you feel the teachings are worth.
This structure for payment is known as Dāna.
Dāna (pronounced “DAH-nuh”), noun. Dāna is a Sanskrit and Pali term meaning “generosity” or “giving” of alms, donations, or materials, But it can also mean a giving of energy or wisdom (dharma) to others. In Buddhism, it also refers to the practice of cultivating unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go.
Why We Chose A Dāna Based Practice?
Two reasons. The first is simple. It resonates with us. Some of us were first introduced to the concept of dāna while attending a meditation retreat. We were told to pay what we realistically could and what we felt the teaching was worth… a cup of tea, a pizza, a night out or a weekend away.
To be honest, this approach deepened our practice and expanded our sense of generosity. We like the permission to honor where one is in life. We like the suggestion of examining what we might give up in order to give. We like knowing that our contributions might buy a cup of tea, a meal, or help to sustain the life of someone who has so freely given to us.
The second reason is rooted in practice. You see, teaching with a dāna structure is in and of itself a form of dāna. It helps the teachers to nurture our own sense of generosity, trust, goodwill, gratitude, and a sense of community. The practice of generosity is a significant spiritual practice in its own right, and the dāna system encourages us as much as it encourages you to engage in a practice of generosity.
The question of how much to give in dāna prompts us to reflect deeply on our own values, fears, and generosity. Trusting others to give, offers us an opportunity to explore our sense of self-worth and definitely inspires a few of my fears to rear their hungry heads. However, we wholeheartedly believe that dāna is a means for expressing some of the best qualities of the human heart.
Meet Our Meditation Teachers, Facilitators & Guides