Generosity and the

Nottingham Buddhist Centre

Our ‘dana’ bowl - traditionally used by monks and nuns to beg food.

Our ‘dana’ bowl - traditionally used by monks and nuns to beg food.

‘In a sense Dana or giving is the Basic Buddhist Virtue ...

Dana consists not so much in the act of giving as in the feeling of wanting to give, of wanting to share what you have with other people.

This feeling of wanting to give or share is often the first manifestation of the spiritual life.’


We aim to give the Dharma or Buddha’s teachings freely to all those who wish to benefit from them. This is our practice of generosity.

Dana or generosity is a key Buddhist virtue. We like to see it as a spiritual principle that helps to create a strong sense of community and move us beyond the contractual exchange-based economics of most of the world we live in. Indeed, ‘give what you can and take what you need’ is how we would like to live in an ideal world.

In the time of the Buddha, the wandering monks and nuns would have begged for their food, going from house to house until they had enough, and they would have relied solely upon the generosity of the village people to survive.

Nowadays we don’t literally beg for food but we do rely upon the people who come to the Buddhist Centre to be able to financially support a small team of people to run the place as well as to pay for heating and the upkeep of the building etc.. So at each class we ask, with our metaphorical begging bowl in hand, for your generosity to help us keep the Buddhist Centre running. If you want to give in other ways, with practical help or time and energy, that will be very gratefully received too.

More importantly though, we would like to make what we do available to as many people as want it. In order to reach out to more and more people, we need the funds to do so. If you are able to donate to the Buddhist Centre, a regular standing order is the best way and, being a registered charity, we are able to claim tax back on that too.

If you wish to make a one-off donation now, just click on the link below. It will be very much appreciated.

Donation to the Nottingham Buddhist Centre