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“Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering… in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.”
~ The Buddha
SN 56:11

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“How much does it cost to come to a retreat?”

“There is no set fee.”

“What do you mean there is no set fee?  How do you operate?”

We are frequently asked what is the suggested donation for retreats at Bhavana Society Meditation Center.  We cannot answer that question because that would be like setting a price.  The Buddha’s teachings are priceless. We offer our service here for

Dana.

  What is dana?  Its simplest meaning is “generosity.” 

We practice dana by offering the teachings without a price tag.  You can practice dana by making a donation of money, time…(read more)