Meal Dana

Meal Dana

Offer a Meal

An Expression of Generosity

Help continue a tradition that has flourished in Asia since the time of the Buddha – the offering of meals to spiritual practitioners.

Food is offered to meditators, teachers, and staff as a simple act of generosity. Meal dana often celebrates a birthday, expresses appreciation for a dear one, honors someone who has died, or commemorates another of life’s many milestones.

If you or your group of friends would like to offer a meal, you can provide us with an optional brief dedication. This will be inscribed on our Meal Dana board at either or both of our centers for a particular day or meal that you select. Dedications can be anonymous, or acknowledged with your name(s).

Donating meals is a direct way to support the IMS community. Your generosity will nourish your fellow meditators, teachers sharing the dharma, and staff and volunteers serving IMS. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Please click on the amount that corresponds with the appropriate meal and center where you would like the dedication posted to continue:

Retreat Center Forest Refuge IMS (Both Centers)
 Breakfast $110 $60 $170
 Lunch $165 $90 $250
 Light Dinner $75 $35 $105
 Entire Day $350 $180 $525

If you have questions, please call 978-355-4378 ext. 230 or email

If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift.

The Buddha