May we all awaken speedily for the benefit of all beings.
Lama Mark Webber (Lama Karma Tenpa Lekshe Yongdu) has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma (the teachings of Liberation through the traditions of Buddhism) for 40 years. His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism and a number of meditative traditions, while completely integrated with contemporary life and the richness of modern Western culture.
Through many vehicles—including meditation, science, art, craft work, natural history, and world travel—Lama Mark displays and teaches the wondrous unity, uniqueness, and intrinsic freedom of all life. His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.
Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei
Doug Duncan’s main focus as a spiritual teacher is facilitating awakening in this lifetime. Known for his accessibility and humor, Doug also demonstrates indefatigable compassion in encouraging his students to manifest their full potential as awakening beings.
Doug brings a practical and contemporary approach to spiritual work, based on his 40 years of Buddhist and Western mystical training in the groundbreaking Namgyal lineage. His methodology emphasizes courage and integrity conjoined with balancing inner and outer exploration through meditation, travel, mastering personal challenges, and positive engagement in life. His students use words like inspired, unconventional, stimulating, idiosyncratic, disruptive and illuminating, and loving to describe a teaching style that must be experienced to be believed.
Sensei’s lineage is pictured here.
Dāna is the first of the Six Paramis or Perfections: generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom. Every being “perfects” each of these virtues on our path to full awakening.
Buddhist teachings hold that dāna is the cornerstone of all the paramis, and through an ongoing strengthening of our own ability to be generous, all the other paramis unfold naturally. Practicing generosity benefits the giver, as we gift ourselves another step on the path of liberation from suffering.
Through giving we have the opportunity to share loving kindness and compassion while we also observe and let go of our own attachments. Generosity allows us to support the spread of awakening to limitless beings, and pay it forward to future recipients, who may benefit in ways we can’t even imagine.
Dāna is always discretionary, and may consist of time, energy, money, food, clothing, gifts, prayers (particularly for the good health of dharma teachers and practitioners and the flourishing of the teachings), or a wholesome, supportive attitude. That said, the most precious dāna we can give is sincere and diligent application of the teachings.