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Dharma teacher visiting scheme

Dharma teacher visits for local sanghas

Any local sangha can invite a Dharma teacher to visit for days of mindfulness, sangha meetings and local retreats. The procedure is as follows:

  1. The sangha should contact Frank Walsh (info@coiuk.org) who will match up the sangha’s needs with a Dharma teacher.  Frank will consult with the sangha before the match is confirmed.
  2. Once a match has been found, all arrangements should be made directly between the sangha and the Dharma teacher.
  3. The local Sangha is asked to pay the whole of the travelling costs to the Dharma teacher.  It should contact the Trustees of Community of Interbeing to request reimbursement of half of the travel costs if needed.
  4. Sangha provides overnight accommodation if required (e.g. Dharma teacher stays with a sangha member).
  5. Dana* offered on the day is given to the Dharma teacher, who takes what they need and passes any surplus, either to a charity of their choice or to the Dharma teacher Annual Gathering Fund.

*It is traditional in many Sanghas for members to offer dana (donations) to express gratitude for Dharma teaching. This allows Sangha members to offer what they can afford, rather than being asked for a fixed amount. Some Dharma teachers are in paid work, and may need dana only to cover the balance of their travel costs.  Others rely on dana to cover some or all of their living expenses, over and beyond their travel costs. Sanghas are asked to take the needs of the teacher into account by suggesting an appropriate range of dana contributions to their members. (The local Sangha may also need to ask members for dana to cover the costs of the day eg room hire).