From the Buddha's time until today, the Asian tradition that supports the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) has been one of reciprocal generosity. The local community shows its respect and value for spiritual practice by providing monasteries with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and medicine. In return, the spiritual needs of the community are provided for by the teachings and guidance of the nuns and monks. For the past 2,500 years, this mutually dependent arrangement has benefited both the spiritual leaders and the communities surrounding them.
In the West, the tradition of monasteries never became widespread. Most teachers of spirituality do not choose to become monks or live in monasteries. However, they still offer their guidance and experience in a spirit of giving and donation, and are enabled to continue doing so by the generosity of the community. Following in the footsteps of the tradition, these Dharma scholars continue to teach the wisdom of the Buddha for free to all comers, as no price can be assigned to the value of truth.
The cost of all of Tovana's courses, including food, location, organizational costs, and travel expenses for the teachers, is covered solely by donations. The courses are given freely and with an open heart, at no set price. The absence of a fee for the teachings and the courses allows all participants, regardless of financial situation, to benefit from the fruits of the practice.
At the end of each course, participants are given the opportunity to help ensure the continuation of Dharma study in two ways: by giving a donation to the teachers, to enable them to keep teaching; and by donating to the organization to cover the costs of the course, to allow courses to keep happening and give others the chance to participate as well.
Any donation that you are able to give will be accepted with appreciation and joy, and will go towards enabling the Dharma to be taught to all those who seek it. This is an opportunity to participate in the ancient tradition of total reciprocity between teachers and students, the deepest expression of the mutual dependence between us all.