“A giver should be happy before he gives dana: his mind should be happy while giving dana and after giving dana. The receiver of the offering must be free from passion, hatred, and delusion. The consequence of such a gift is immeasurable.”
–The Buddha from the Anguttara Nikaya
Practicing Buddhism is incorporating the teachings in all aspects of our lives: at work, home, and play. Ideally, it is practiced as a total experience. Financially supporting a Sangha, like the Buddhist Faith Fellowship, is another facet of doing this. Here are two reasons why.
1. It is part of the practice.
The Buddha taught that the first virtue is generosity, which in Sanskrit is called dana. As “fellow travelers on the path,” the greatest gift one can offer another person is the dharma, the teachings. By financially supporting the Fellowship, you amplify your ability to give the gift of dharma to others because your funds make it possible for us to share the dharma with so many more people.
2. It opens your heart.
Dana shapes the spirit; it frees us from self-attachment and induces us to experience the boundless. Recent scientific studies show that giving makes us happier and engenders a greater sense of gratitude. To give joyfully and generously enables the Fellowship to become a practical vehicle for you and others to hear the teachings, grow in the practice, and unfold the blessings of the entrusting heart.
What are the 2 donation options?
You have 2 choices in giving. The first one is to support our Operating Budget Fund that covers short-term general activities and programs, including rent, advertisement, scholarships, and all outreach efforts. The other alternative is to support our Capital Fund that is a long-term savings account earmarked to fund the future purchase of our Fellowship’s Center and conduct major projects.
How to Give?
An easy way to give is via online donations through PayPal.
Operating Budget Fund Donations
Capital Fund Donations
You can give via cash or check during our Sunday gathering in Middletown. Please make any checks payable to the Buddhist Faith Fellowship. On the check’s memo section, please state if the donation is for Operating or Capital Funds.
The BFF of CT is a tax exempt organization, under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. This means that donations are tax deductible.