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Dāna - The Practice Of Generosity

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Dharma teachings are considered priceless and are offered freely, without expectation of anything in return. These teachings have been kept alive for 2,600 years through the generosity of participants. It is the practice of giving that supports the teachings for us now and will also allow them to continue for future generations.

The practice of giving, called dāna in the Pali language, not only supports the teachings, it is a powerful practice and central to walking the dharma path. Dāna nurtures our ability to let go, countering greed. It cultivates a spirit of caring and acknowledges the interconnectedness we all share.

The financial generosity of our community pays the expenses of White Heron Sangha and supports bringing teachers to the San Luis Obispo area for workshops and retreats, Sangha programs, and some dharma-related causes. We encourage you to practice generosity in supporting WHS, letting the gift come from the heart, with responsible consideration for your own financial situation.

Online Donations

If you are a White Heron Sangha member, please log in with your username and password to apply the donation to your membership account.

Supporting the Sangha - Single Donation

This category is for anyone who would like to make a single donation at any time to support ongoing White Heron Sangha programs. If you are making a donation because of a specific program or class, please indicate that in thanks to, in gratitude for, or comment field.

Stewardship Circle - Supporting the Sangha through Recurring Donations

If you are logged in, recurring donations using your credit card account can be set up online by selecting the Stewardship Circle Fund and indicating the frequency of your donation. This is an easy way to remember to give to the White Heron Sangha community and allows us to count on a steady income from the Stewardship Circle members.

You can edit or stop your automatic recurring donation at any time by logging into your White Heron Sangha account, clicking on your name and going to your profile. You then go to Donation History and locate the recurring donation subscription. You are then given the option to edit or delete the recurring donation.

You can edit the credit card on file from your profile by clicking on More Member Options and then Credit Card. Some people have also set up monthly recurring donations to White Heron Sangha from their checking account or money market account through their bank's online bill pay feature. The bank then sends a check each month to White Heron Sangha at the postal address below.

Engaged Buddhism

Donations to the Engaged Buddhism fund will be used to support the Engaged Buddhism Group’s social and environmental projects and actions that are taken as an expression of the practice of the Buddhist Way. Donations to this fund can be one-time or members can set up a recurring donation.

Pantry Project

Donations to the Pantry Project fund are used to purchase food and goods to stock a Little Free Food Pantry in Santa Maria, serving those in need in the community. See this page for more information about the Pantry Project. Donations to the Pantry Project can be one-time or members may set up a recurring donation.

* Please note: Automatic, recurring donations discontinue on the date you set when filling out the recurring donation form. You can view your donation history and renew recurring donations that have expired by going to your Profile in the drop down menu under your name (right hand corner of page when you're logged in). Then scroll to the Histories box and click on Donation History to edit or update your donations. *

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In Person

You can donate to White Heron Sangha in person at each sangha meeting, retreat, class, or special event by placing your cash or check donation in the dana basket near the entrance.

Please make checks payable to White Heron Sangha.

From your computer:

Scan the QR code with the camera app on your mobile phone and click on the pop up to go to the White Heron Sangha Venmo account on your phone.

From your mobile phone: 

On the Venmo app, go to @WhiteHeronSanghaSLO under the Charities tab to donate.

*Please indicate on the Venmo memo where you would like to donate: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Metta sitting group; Supporting the Sangha; Engaged Buddhism; or the Pantry Project.

By Mail

You can send donations for White Heron Sangha to:

White Heron Sangha
PO Box 313
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Donations to White Heron Sangha, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (Fed Tax ID 77-0546204), are tax-deductible, according to the law. If you have questions about donating to White Heron Sangha, please contact the treasurer at