“Dana” is a Pali word that means generosity. Starting in the time of the Buddha, teachers gave their teachings freely, on the principle that no price can be put on enlightenment. In turn, teachers depended on the gifts of students to sustain themselves in the world and continue their teachings.
The Sangha depends on the generosity of its members to pay rent and support Will Kabat-Zinn in his teaching. The suggested donation for Sunday night Sangha is $5-$20.