The Vihāra operates solely on Dāna, the generosity of others. Contributions are used to maintain the Vihāra and allow us to continue to serve the community.
There are many ways you can develop your practice of generosity.
Offer your Time and Energy
Keeping your spiritual center clean and beautiful is a very beneficial way to practice the art of Dāna. Everyone who visits the Vihāra will benefit from your gift. You can mow the lawn, work in the garden, sweep the grounds, vacuum, clean, provide general maintenance.
A customary offering is that of food. Monks traditionally go door-to-door, silently presenting their Alms Bowl, to receive their meal for the day. This is not a supported practice throughout most of the US so supporters have adopted a system of bringing food to the monks' residence.
If you would like to be placed on the Dāna List and volunteer to cover a week of meals for the monks, please, call (405-810-OKBV (6528)) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) us.
Cleaning supplies for the kitchen, bathrooms and floors, toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, towels, clothes, etc. – these items are essential to the maintenance of the Vihāra and welfare of the monks.
The Vihāra also requires financial support for utilities, travel expenses for our outreach classes, and general maintenance of the property. If you would like to be a monthly supporter, please, call (405-810-OKBV (6528)) or e-mail (email@example.com) us, to find out the most convenient method of donation for you.
Make Checks Payable to:
Oklahoma Buddhist Vihāra
Donations may be mailed to:
Oklahoma Buddhist Vihāra
4820 N Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
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Incense, Candles, & Flower
The offering of these choice items is a long held tradition with deeply spiritual significance. It is an opportunity for reflection while offering these beautiful and pleasant items.
Incense - the offering of incense can be a reminder of the potency of virtuous
actions indicated by the Dhammapada verses 54-56While offering these pleasing scents you may choose to reflect thus:
54. The scent of flowers cannot go against the wind; nor the scent of sandalwood, nor of tagara (aromatic resin), nor of jasmine; only the reputation of the virtuous ones pervades in every direction.
55. There are the scents of sandalwood, tagara, lotus and jasmine;
but the scent of virtue surpasses all scents.
56. The scent of tagara and of sandalwood are very faint; but the scent (reputation) of the virtuous is the strongest; it spreads even to the abodes of the devas.'I offer these incense to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Saṅgha.
May this action develop my mind.
As the scent of these incense is pleasing to the senses,
May my actions be virtuous and pleasing to the hearts of all.'
Candles - offering candles can symbolize the light of the Dhamma (Buddha's
teachings). Like a candle or lamp dispels the darkness, the Dhamma dispels ignorance as described by Venerable Nagasena to King Milinda:
"Just as, your majesty, a person might bring a lamp into a dark house, and with the lamp lit dispel the darkness, produce illumination, show the light, and make manifest forms, so too, your majesty, wisdom arising dispels the darkness of ignorance, produces the illumination of insight, brings forth the light of knowledge, and makes manifest the noble truths; and further, the spiritual practitioner sees with complete understanding impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and corelessness."
While offering a candle you may choose to reflect in this way:
'I offer this light to the Buddha, Dhamma and Saṅgha.
May this action be meritorious.
As this light dispels the darkness and illuminates this room,
May the Dhamma dispel ignorance and develop insight.'
Flowers - impermanence is a resounding subject in the Buddha's teachings. Daily
the monks chant a specific verse when offering flowers:
Pūjemi Buddhaṃ kusumena nena
Puññena metena ca hotu mokkhaṃ
Pupphaṃ milāyāti yathā idaṃ me
Kāyo tathā yāti vināsa bhāvaṃ
I offer these flowers to Buddha
By this merit may there be Release.
As these flowers must fade and wither,
So to will my body age and decay.
These are only suggestions. You are encouraged to make this practice significant in your own way.