Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity or giving, is a voluntary expression of appreciation and gratitude. The principle of Dana maintains a tradition which has provided centres for meditation for 2,500 years. Dana offers those who value the practice of meditation the opportunity to help in the continuation of this deeply needed service.
Your donations make an invaluable contribution to the running of Gaia House. Dana allows charges at Gaia House to be kept at a minimum, allowing as many as possible to attend. It allows us to include the well-being of others in our actions.
The rates charged for retreats cover the cost of food, heating and lighting, repairs to the building, Teachers’ travel expenses and other outgoings required for the daily running of the house. There are four main areas integral to facilitating retreats not covered by the daily charge. These are Teacher Dana, Staff Dana, the Retreatant Support Fund and the General Fund. (Click on the links below for more information.)
Please consider donating towards:
- General Fund: Help towards maintenance and improvements to the facilities, house and grounds.
- Teacher and Staff Dana: All Dharma teaching at Gaia House is offered freely, supported by staff who give freely of their time and energy. Your generosity (Dana) helps to ensure this can continue.
- Green Environment Development Fund: Help Gaia House to become more environmentally friendly.
- Retreatant Support Fund: Help someone else to go on retreat. This fund offers financial support to those who would not otherwise be able to attend retreats. If you have benefited from being at Gaia House and would like give others the opportunity, please donate to this fund.
HMRC Gift Aid for Charities:
Gaia House is registered Charity no. 900339, and as such we are able to reclaim tax from the Inland Revenue on all donations made to us under the Gift Aid Scheme. Gaia House can claim an additional 28p for every £1 donated, if the donor is a UK tax payer.
When you make a donation please let us know if you are a UK taxpayer. We will then ask you to complete a short declaration stating that you have paid an amount of tax at least equal to the tax we will reclaim. (You may have paid the tax on income, capital gains and/or savings). The donation you make under the Gift Aid scheme can be any amount and may be offered as a single gift or as regular contributions. The Gift Aid scheme does not apply to donations made to individuals, such as teachers or coordinators.
Gift Aid increases the value of your donation to Gaia House, with no extra cost to you.
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO GAIA HOUSE
If you have benefited from a retreat at Gaia House, this is a wonderful opportunity to express generosity towards other people who cannot afford the cost of a retreat. A donation of £40 will allow someone claiming full assistance from the Retreatant Support Fund to come on a weekend retreat. whilst a donation of £105 will allow someone to come on a 7-day retreat. Donations of any amount will be very gratefully received. Please make cheques payable to “Gaia House Trust” – and write on the top edge which fund you are supporting – or Donate On-line.
Regular Donations by Direct Debit or Standing Order
Regular donations are much appreciated to support our ongoing costs and projects. If you are able to make a regular commitment to enabling the practice of others, or provide continuing contributions to our organisation, please get in touch. Thank you.
If you are a UK taxpayer and have paid tax at least equal to that which can be reclaimed on your donation, please complete a Gift Aid declaration.
This is a way that you can support Gaia House in the future, but for this to happen please consider implementing something in your will now. Please contact us for a leaflet explaining how you can do this, and suggesting various forms of words that could be used in a will.
If you would like to keep your donation anonymous, please send a cheque marked ‘Confidential‘ to: The Finance Manager, Gaia House, West Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6EW, England.
About the tradition of Dana (Generosity) in Buddhism.
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