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Dana: Worthy Causes

DANA is the Pali word for giving and is one of the most important Buddhist virtues. Dana is giving with generosity of spirit, without coveting or desiring any reward or recognition for our giving.

We have selected a few of our favorite charitable organizations to inspire you to practice the tradition of Dana, including three exemplary local organizations in Lawrence, MA. Please take a moment to visit their websites or the websites of your favorite charities.

With Metta (lovingkindness),
The folks at DharmaCrafts

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Sexual violence disrupts the lives of victims and those who care about them. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is committed to giving survivors and their families and friends the resources they need to reclaim their lives and begin healing, to raising awareness of the issues survivors face, and to ending sexual violence through healing and social change.




Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Buddhist Peace Fellowship

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), founded in 1978, serves as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism. BPF's programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change. Through their Prison Program, Youth Program, and Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement and network of chapters, their vision is to bring peace where there is conflict, to promote communication and cooperation among Buddhist sanghas, and to alleviate suffering wherever possible.

They strive to:

  • Offer a public witness, through practice, for peace and protection of all beings
  • Raise humanitarian, environmental, and social justice concerns among Buddhist communities
  • Bring a Buddhist perspective to contemporary peace, environmental, and social justice movements




International Campaign for Tibet
International Campaign for Tibet

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet and to protect their culture and environment.

The ICT

  • monitors and reports on human rights, environmental and socio economic conditions in Tibet,
  • advocates for Tibetans imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs,
  • works with governments to develop policies and programs to help Tibetans,
  • secures humanitarian and development assistance for Tibetans,
  • mobilizes individuals and the international community to take action on behalf of Tibetans, and
  • promotes self-determination for the Tibetan people through negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama.




Mangalam Asian Art Preservation Project
Mangalam Asian Art Preservation Project
We at Mangalam are working on Asian Art Preservation Project for 108 Mahasiddhas and Vajrayogini Naropa Lineage, and would like to ask you for your support. We need to raise fund for painting and brocading 108 thangkas of Indian and Tibetan Mahasiddhas, as well as 45 thangkas of Root and Lineage Gurus of Vajrayogini Naropa Lineage. We will then use these paintings for activities that include:
  • Art exhibition where of the 108 Mahasiddhas and 45 Gurus, share their inspiring life stories, teachings, and meditation practices.
  • Videos and podcasts about the 108 Mahasiddhas and 45 Gurus that we will share for free on our websites
  • Publishing books presenting the teachings and meditation practices taught by these 108 Mahasiddhas and 45 Gurus compiled from original sources. Learn More Here.



New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care
New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care

NYZCCC provides compassionate care to the sick and terminally ill and create a supportive, nurturing environment for people to consciously face their illnesses and/or end-of-life journeys.

They do this through hands-on, direct care partnerships with two of New York’s leading healthcare providers, through caregiver and pastoral training programs, and by actively advocating for contemplative care at the national level.

They do this work not only to relieve individual suffering, but also to create a more courageous and harmonious world that provides compassionate care for all.




Rosie's Place
Rosie's Place
Rosie's Place (Boston, MA), a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, offers both emergency and long-term assistance to women who have nowhere else to turn. Established in 1974, Rosie's Place is committed to welcoming each guest with respect and unconditional love.



Seva
Seva
Seva builds partnerships to respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions throughout the world. Seva has helped:
  • Two million blind people see again, through operations performed by Seva partners in India, Nepal, Tibet, Cambodia and Tanzania
  • Thousands of Indigenous People in Guatemala and Chiapas deliver healthy babies, drink clean water and learn to read and write
  • Native American communities throughout the United States reclaim their health and culture



Silent Spring Institute
Silent Spring Institute

The Silent Spring Institute is dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women's health, especially breast cancer.

The old question, "Why did I get breast cancer?" has been transformed to, "Why do we have breast cancer rates higher than generations before and among the highest in the world? What can we do as a community of women and men to change the legacy for our daughters?" Silent Spring Institute was founded as an alliance of scientists and activists to address these questions, in the search for breast cancer prevention and improved women's health through environmental studies.

"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death."

—Rachel Carson




Tibetan Children's Village
Tibetan Children's Village
From its humble beginning 42 years ago, Tibetan Children's Village has today become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet in recent years.



Tibetan Nuns Project
Tibetan Nuns Project
In 1987 the Tibetan Nuns Project was founded to provide basic humanitarian aide to refugee nuns from Tibet, many of whom have survived torture and imprisonment.



Zen Peacemakers
Zen Peacemakers

Roshi Bernie Glassman created the Zen Peacemakers in 1980 to embody this commitment in a global network that integrates Zen practice, social service, and interfaith work to bring the experience of wholeness and interdependence into the context of daily life.Zen Peacemakers practice socially engaged Buddhism to transform individuals and communities, and have responded to some of the most difficult problems of our time - poverty, AIDS, homelessness, and a lack of skills necessary for employment.