The Davis Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that financial considerations should not prevent anyone from becoming a member or participating in programs. At the same time, the Center always needs to raise as much revenue as possible so that it can stay open and grow, expanding our offerings to the world at large.
The Davis Shambhala Center’s Generosity Policy is based upon our sangha’s fundamental commitment to the Mahayana path of benefiting all sentient beings. This frames the way that we think about all of our sources of revenue. Our perspective when collecting payment for programs as well as dues for membership is based upon a simple formula: “How much are you able to give?” In all program offerings and membership discussions, we offer a suggested donation amount, but the central principle remains the same: “How much are you able to give?” In this way, everyone is extended the opportunity to practice generosity over and over again. Sometimes we can be more generous than at other times, and that’s perfectly normal—that’s the way things are. Sometimes we can stretch, and sometimes we cannot.
Membership involves joining a community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness, and compassion both personally and in society. Providing financial support to the Center is a practice of generosity. Your contribution allows us to plan on a yearly operating budget as well as to offer Shambhala teachings to the world.
The recommended contribution amount of $40/month is meant as a guideline for membership. We ask that you give as generously as you can and appreciate whatever contribution your circumstances permit.
Funds are available for members attending Shambhala Core Path Programs at other Centers. The scholarship program is available to Shambhala Center Members only.