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  • Dana or “generosity” is explained below. Briefly, the giving of dana is both a cultivation of generosity in a broad sense and in a specific sense, a financial gift from student to teacher. The PayPal button below will allow you to set an amount you wish to give to the teacher of our virtual meetings on Monday nights. We are setting this option up now because of our needs to social distance and suspend for the time being our regular Monday night meditations while at the same time wanting to support our teachers.

Retreats & Opportunities

Retreat Scholarships

  • Have you thought about signing up for a residential retreat, but were held back by the cost? Retreats are an important support to the practice, but the reality is that they can be costly.
  • LVC has limited funds available to help support sangha members to participate in retreats, whether these are offered by LVC or other organizations.
  • If you are planning a residential retreat and are having difficulty covering the registation fee, we may be able to assist with a partial scholarship.
  • Please send an email to with your retreat plans, and needs, for further information.

Monthly Meditation Support

  • Every third Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:30 am Glenda Hodges Cook and Chris Schrodt facilitate an open discussion about meditation and our practice. This hour-and-a-half time is open to anyone.
  • There is no fee. Donations are accepted. Location: the Barn, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY.

What is dana?

  • LVC does request a registration fee for retreats so that we can cover the cost of the facility. However, this does not include any remuneration for the teacher. Following the ancient Buddhist tradition of dana, students freely give to the teacher of their own generosity. There is no right or wrong amount. Just follow your heart. This tradition is of vital importance as, for over 2,500 years, it has kept the teachings open to all, and free from being reduced to a commodity for sale.
  • Dana, or generosity, is one of the most fundamental of Buddhist practices. It is a purifying and transformative practice that allows us to develop spiritually through contributing to the well-being of others. While dana can refer to how students support teachers financially, it also refers to the cultivation of generosity in all aspects of our lives. It can include generosity with our time, our energy, and through our practice when we live according to the precepts. Through dana, we recognize and affirm our connection to all beings.

National & Regional Meditation Centers

For information on retreat opportunities sponsored by other meditation centers, you may be interested in these additional sites:

Southern Dharma Retreat Center Shambhala Center of Lexington
Tri-State Dharma Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Mid America Dharma Insight Meditation Society
Vermont Insight Meditation Center  


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