In Malaysia, the Buddhist group Kechara House has experienced quick growth and and expansion in a relatively short period time. One thing that impressed me recently, was that prior to beginning work on their new retreat center, they made an effort to gather the local Sangha from different traditions, and made offerings to them. The idea was to create the merit in order for their continued Dharma work to be successful.
I found this very inspiring because western Buddhists don’t always see the value of doing dana. After even getting a long talk about the importance of creating merit, its still often hard for people to give money away.
In the following videos below, the first video shows the act of making offerings to the Sangha. In the second video, Tsem Tulku in his practical teaching style, explains what merit is and cause and effect is in easy to understand terms, and the importance of making offerings to the Sangha.