Dana Sustainability Calculator (Year of Pureland 2019 )
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Dana Calculator Tool for Planet Dana Year of Pureland program 2019
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Suggested instructions
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This is a tool shared for your exploration of the foundational and profound practice of generosity, and the of the practice of teaching/learning Dharma based on a mutual exchange of generosity. The default dana amounts below are seeds for reflection, not prescriptions. Please approach this topic however you wish, and make your dana practice as conscious and authentic as you can. Own your dana practice. As you do it, note what patterns arise, where are the boundaries on your generosity, what issues come up. This is incredibly fruitful investigation for our Dharma growth! This tool is best used in conjunction with a personal budget/cashflow for the year.
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In the table below, you change the green cells to reflect your personal choices. The grey cells will automatically recalculate.
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(Step 1) Make a copy of this spreadsheet for yourself so you can edit the fields with your own figures. (Select All + Copy, Paste in New Document)
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(Step 2) Check and adjust the amount of courses, classes, appointments etc you expect to have during 2019 as part of year-long program, personal appointments, etc in column B. Some of this is fixed in the year-long; the peach cells are the ones that would vary personally.
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(Step 3) Now reflect on what dana you feel is appropriate and sustainable for each of the different kinds of precious opportunities to hear the teachings or receive personal direct hands-on instruction. Based on this reflection, fill out the values in column C. Remember this doesn't necessarily mean you always offer the same amount; as part of cultivating your dana practice you may want to experiment during the year. Again the peach cells are the ones you would change. Do in US dollars, or your own currency, as you wish.
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(Step 4) Reflect and decide the amount of money you want to put aside for spontaneous/one-off dana and put this in cell B:19.
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(Step 5) Now reflect on the total. Consider this as a percentage of your year-round income and what is sustainable. There is a beautiful Western tradition of tithing where people give a percentage of their income. Does the percentage your total come to reflect well a balance between what is financially sustainable for you, and the value you put on the teachings? Repeat steps (3) and (4) till you come to a place you feel is a wholesome and conscioius balance between financial sustainability, how you value the teachings, and your motivation to support the teachers and Triple Gem.
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(Step 6) Have a big celebration and congratulate yourself for taking a great step in developing a conscious and profound dana practice!
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DANA CALCULATOR - REVIEW AND CHANGE THE BOXES IN ORANGE BELOW
Number attended
Dana for each
Total dana
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Online course sessions (3 x 4-week classes) 120
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Master Classes for online courses (NOTE: put 12 for Diamond Level; 0 for Emerald and Sapphire Levels)120
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Weekend home flash retreats connected with online courses40
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Retreats (# of weeks) NOTE: For Diamond Level set number to 2, for Emerald set it to 1 (Sapphire will depend on case)
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Individual Dharma Skype inteviews during year NOTE: not a requirement; set the number to what you expect or aspire to do
60
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Attendance at regular office hours (between 15 and 20 for Diamond level)240
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Amount of spontaneous or one-off dana (for example, birthday gift, other spontaneous dana)
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Total dana committment0
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EXAMPLE BELOW OF A FILLED IN DANA CALCULATOR FOR A DIAMOND LEVEL PARTICIPANT
Number attended
Dana for each
Total dana
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Online course sessions (3 x 4-week classes) 1240480
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Master Classes for online courses (NOTE: put 12 for Diamond Level; 0 for Emerald and Sapphire Levels)1240480
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Weekend home flash retreats connected with webinars4150600
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Retreats (# of weeks) NOTE: For Diamond Level set number to 2, for Emerald set it to 1 (Sapphire will depend on case)
25001000
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Individual Dharma Skype inteviews during year NOTE: not a requirement; set the number to what you expect or aspire to do
6100600
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Attendance at regular office hours (between 15 and 20 for Diamond level)1840720
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Amount of spontaneous or one-off dana (for example, birthday gift, other spontaneous dana)1000
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Total dana committment4880
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