Dāna Sīla Foundation is a private charitable foundation headquartered in the United States. The founders, Jim Forbes and Ana Mónica Ryan, split their time between Europe and the United States. In Spain, Jim founded Sala Dāna, a donation based meditation and yoga center in the heart of Madrid, and Asociación Nacional Danasati, a Spanish non profit dedicated to promoting Buddha Dhamma in Europe. Ana Mónica is engaged in animal welfare and environmental efforts in Europe and the U.S.
Dāna is a Pāli and Sanskrit word (Pali being an ancient Buddhist language) that means generosity. Sila is a Pali and Sanskrit word that means ethics, or morality. Therefore for us Dāna Sīla means moral or ethical giving.
Our mission is to support healing of all forms of life, through compassion, kindness, justice and awareness.
We are interested in the teachings and techniques that come from Buddhist practices, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), conscious movement, modern psychology, neuroscience and other modalities that deal with trauma, healing and awakening to our true nature.
We try to leverage our abilities by working with like-minded organizations throughout the world.