The more we help others, the softer and more fertile our heart becomes. -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
How can I help?
With this simple question, we increase our potential to enrich the world, and ultimately to find our own joy. Using discipline to generate compassion, we leap beyond the fickleness of mood into the confidence of delight in helping others.
There are many opportunities to get involved by supporting Ongoing Programs such as helping set up and clean up, serve water, and greet people as they come in for the first time. There are also opportunities to work in the office as an occasional support or an ongoing basis. As you progress along your path there are many way to deepen your practice by staffing weekend retreat programs, coordinating classes, or becoming a Local Leader. We invite you to give back in whatever way and want to support your practice of generosity. Learn More
Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do. It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center. Learn More
The Davis Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our Members and program participants and donors. Our community has a 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. Every dollar goes towards creating meditation programs, developing outreach opportunities, expanding into other areas of the region and making it possible for more people to sit on a cushion and become familiar with their own minds and hearts.
General donations fund our yearly Operating Budget which include building expenses (mortgage, insurance, utilities, maintenance, etc.), office expenses, shrine & practice expenses, and our center’s contributions to Shambhala International.
We are all here on earth to see what we can offer, as opposed to what we can take. A life based upon what we can take leads to promoting a society where the only barometer of success is materialism. Mindfulness leads to an attitude of wanting to serve the world, rather than expecting to be served. Only through the development of mindfulness—which leads to virtues like kindness and generosity—will we become truly peaceful.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche