Dāna is a Pali word which means generosity. In the Theravada tradition, there is a recognition that the Dhamma is so precious that it is priceless. Theravada monastics never charge for these priceless teachings and in exchange, their followers provide them with food and lodgings.
The Buddha exemplified the ideal gift:
“The donor, before giving, is glad; while giving, his/her mind is inspired; and after giving, is gratified. These are the three factors of the donor…
The recipients are free of greed or are practising for the subduing of greed; free of aversion or practising for the subduing of aversion; and free of delusion or practising for the subduing of delusion. These are the three factors of the recipients.”
— AN 6.37
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