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Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey

7th Biannual “Dana” Dinner

Nov 02, 2016 12:39PM
November 22, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM

In partnership with Julie Kline and her staff from Lovin’ Oven, Matt Branham from Healing Path Acupuncture, and Moira Kowalczyk, The Cross River Meditation Center Sangha is hosting our seventh “Dana” dinner for our community. There will be bountiful dining choices for carnivores and herbivores.

“Dana” is an ancient Pali word meaning generosity and giving. The most effective and vital way we can give is by being mindfully present with each other. To put aside thoughts of self and be fully aware of the presence of another is the true practice of compassion. Having great generosity of spirit brings profound joy and purpose into one’s life and we naturally want to share our spirit with others.

There are four basic needs which human beings have in common—food, shelter, adequate clothing and to feel that we matter to each other. A Dana dinner is a way for an entire community to show that we all matter, all the time. Julie and her staff are expressing great generosity in providing the venue, shelter, food and much more, for the evening. By sharing food and basic clothing and other necessities with all in our community, we will all express how we matter to each other, how important and significant our lives are.

We encourage all to join us in sharing the great generosity of spirit. If you are able to, please bring a dish to share and a practical gift. Those that are not able to contribute food or practical gifts, please join us and share your generosity of spirit by your presence. We will have a table of practical donations for anyone to take home, after an incredible meal and warm fellowship.

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