“These five are a person of integrity’s gifts. Which five? A person of integrity gives a gift with a sense of conviction. A person of integrity gives a gift attentively. A person of integrity gives a gift in season. A person of integrity gives a gift with an empathetic heart. A person of integrity gives a gift without adversely affecting himself or others.” AN 5.148
This quotation from the Buddha points to the value of dana, which is the Pali word for generosity.
Those of you who are reading this may not realize that the Orlando Insight Meditation Group was founded in the early 1990’s as a nonprofit corporation. It has been our intention all these years to provide instruction and training to those who are interested in exploring the path laid down 25 centuries ago by Siddhartha Gotama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, the Awakened One.
Nonprofit organizations such as ours rely on the generosity of the surrounding community for support. Since OIMG was founded, almost all the funding has been generated by the introductory courses we have provided. Donations from others is another source. All monies are dedicated to furthering the practice for people who want to attend retreats but don’t have the financial means to do so. As the number of retreats and need for scholarship has increased over the years, income from introductory courses and donations has not kept up.
Please consider helping us continue our tradition of providing scholarship on retreats. If you’ve been on retreat before, you know the benefit. OIMG welcomes donations from those who are reading this posting who would like to help others be able to go on retreat. Donations can be provided through the website as well as through checks payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group and sent to 245 Stevenage Dr., Longwood, Florida, 32779. OIMG is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible.
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Thank you for your interest in the path of awakening. We wish you well.
–Peter Carlson and Tommy Harrison