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Terms : Dana

Updated : May 2, 2019

  • Dana may stand for offering, alms, and donation. Dana may be performed anonymously, or at an event (e.g. birthday, anniversary).
  • According to a saying, “Dhamma Dana excels all Dana”.
  • There can be “Double Dana”. For example, Sayagyi U Ba Than donates the Garwara Money that he received from the SPZPs and alumni back to Charitable Organizations. During one my visits, I witnessed the donation of One Lakh Kyat each to then organizations. They include : Bo Bwa Yeik Tha, Little Sisters for the Poor, School for Deaf and Dumb, School for the Blind, U Hla Tun Foundation, Nar Yay Ah Thin.
  • Dana transcends religion and culture. However, for Buddhists, Dana provides opportunities to gain kusala (wholesome deeds) before, during and after the offering. One can share merits when performing a Dana. One can rejoice past Dana and gain merits.
  • “Pyinnya Dana” may stand for offerings made for the advancement of education [of the people and the society]. Dana for the “YTU Library Modernization” would be a form of Pyinnya Dana. Knowledge Sharing may also be a form of Pyinnya Dana. RITAA and NorCal RITAA provide some financial assistance to eligible YTU students.
  • RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins donate to the various noble causes (e.g. SPZP, Shwe YaDu, YTU Library) in cash and kind, Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF) provides some financial assistance to eligible sayas and sayamas for Hospitalization and Frequent visits to the Clinic. SDYF also decides case-by-case for sayas needing long term care. SDYF also provides annual medical check up of eligible sayas. SDYF is implementing programs formerly provided by the “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas” and the “Vision care program supported by U Khin Maung Tun and family”.

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