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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




Gateless Gate
Gateless Gate

Since 1998 the Center has provided instruction in the practice of Zen meditation to inmates in federal, state and county facilities throughout North Central Florida. Currently, twelve prisons and jails participate in the prison outreach program, in which approximately 400 inmates are served annually. Through instruction and study of Zen meditation that emphasizes high personal standards, participants are given the tools to cultivate a strong, life-affirming self-image that looks beyond the stigma of “convict” to view themselves as individuals with much to offer others and the community as a whole.

Perhaps the most critical aspect of the struggle to break the cycle of recidivism is our residency program, which helps people develop social and technical skills. This is especially true for people with addiction issues. Often times, for people with addictions, the first several days after release will determine whether they continue toward a productive, ethical lifestyle, or toward a life of crime. This is determined in large part by where they reside. Are these people in their old neighborhood, with their old peer group or dysfunctional families, or are they in a meditative atmosphere surrounded by people who support their transformation?




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.




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 Yorks 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.