“Even if a person throws the rinsings of a bowl or a cup into a village pool or pond, thinking, ‘May whatever animals live here feed on this,’ that would be a source of merit.” – the Buddha (in the Anguttara Nikaya)
The Buddha taught that generosity (dana) is the first of the perfections of bodhisattvas. Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous, in the actual act of giving, and in remembering the fact that we have given.
At Urban Dharma, although you might see that we request “suggested donations” for programs, we adhere to more than 2500 years of Buddhist tradition of offering our programs on a generosity/dana basis: no one is ever turned away for any of our programs due to lack of funds. Although financially daring for a center, this choice provides you an excellent vehicle for the practice of generosity, which may be expressed by monetary contributions and/or by volunteering.
By giving a one-time donation, becoming a Sustaining Member or Temple Volunteer, or offering a Planned Gift, you help maintain Urban Dharma’s environment of openness, in which everyone has the opportunity to receive the Buddha’s life-transforming teachings. You also enable Urban Dharma Temple to keep its doors open six days a week to all who need sanctuary.
Every donation is greatly appreciated and adds a grain of sand to the mandala that continuously unfolds as a sacred space created for the benefit of all beings. Sustaining Members are the financial lifeblood of Urban Dharma, providing reliable monthly income so we can continue to give the gift of Dharma to all. To learn more about becoming a Sustaining Member or Temple Volunteer, or about Planned Giving, scroll down below.