Offering to the Community
It’s only through your generosity that we can do what we do - we can come together as a gathering of friends to study and practice the path, and contribute to the larger Steamboat community and to our friends around theworld.
Many of ourmembers support the the community through a monthly pledge. Pledges help us plan a meaningful, long-term schedule of teachings and events. Monthly pledges allow the Center to pay for operational expenses, bring a variety of teachers to Steamboat Springs, and keep fundraising events to a minimum. We appreciate your support tremendously, and thank you sincerely.
If you would like to make a tax deductible pledge or donation, you can make it with PayPal, or a credit card. After you add the amount that you want to donate, there is an option to ‘add special instructions to the seller’.
A recurring payment can be made through your personal bank using the bill payment feature of your online banking.
Or, you can do so here: (note drop down menu)
You can also send a check (to ‘The Buddhist Center’) along with this pledge form (here) to:
The Buddhist Center C/O
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Thank you for your support!
The Sangha Council of the Buddhist Center
Here’s a beautiful contemplation about the benefit of supporting one’s community from Denise Clark:
“I had a long, slow, introductory path to BCSS. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of it, I just had lots of things going on... (Don’t we all?) One night I realized that, though I had come to know a few people at sangha well, I still felt like a beginner, a visitor, or even an “outsider” when attending. Tim talked briefly, that very night, about how pledging can create a complete perceptual shift, whether it be pledging to your own personal practice or time/financial to the community. It seemed logical I would not attain much more from simply attending without commitment. After all, merely trying to exercise and get in better shape didn’t amount to much until I paid my gym fee and committed to going regularly.
I committed to a financial pledge and to being a part of the new member group. One definition of commitment is “the act of binding yourself intellectually and emotionally to a course of action”. For me it breeds ownership - the kind that makes you take care (not control) of things.
Almost immediately, I found myself (a dedicated introvert) introducing myself to others and volunteering to help with things. Monday night lessons were now personal instruction, not just interesting philosophical discussions. Questions formed in my mind and asking them was now imperative, not optional. Personal relationships with other sangha members began to develop and my growth on the path blossomed. All these things came from a simple decision - a personal/financial commitment. It manifest as a complete mindset change. I would encourage everyone to consider the transformation!”’
Generosity is the ornament of the world.
Through generosity, one turns back from the lower realms.
Generosity is the stairway to the higher realms.
Generosity is the virtue that produces peace
From 'The Sutra of the Recollection of the Noble Three Jewels'