We appreciate your generosity in donating the suggested amount (or more if you can) for the teaching program.
We understand that, in these tough economic times, most of us are having financial challenges. If it is not possible for you to offer the suggested donation amount, please offer whatever amount you can. We want to make it possible for you to attend the teachings.
Our twofold ‘generosity’ policy (or ‘offer what is possible plan’) for programs and teachings is designed to both:
- make it possible for Chhoje Rinpoche to teach and
- to encourage folks to offer whatever amount is possible for them, as a gesture of appreciation for the invaluable teachings
Given that the Dharma is priceless, and the motivation of the teacher is to benefit beings, our generosity policy is intended to remove financial barriers to receiving the teachings. Donations make Rinpoche’s teachings possible – helping the center to cover the many expenses involved in hosting these events and enabling us to make an offering to the Lama for his kindness.
Some background from Lama John Ross:
“From the time of the historical Buddha for more than two millennia, there has been a strong prohibition against turning the transmission of the Dharma into a commercial transaction. One does not put a price on the Dharma. Rather, the tradition is that both teacher and student are practicing generosity. The teacher offers the Dharma, based on a judgment about what will be most beneficial for the student. The student offers to the teacher based on an appreciation for the value of the Dharma and understanding that the transmission of the Dharma requires material resources.
When both teacher and student make the best offerings they are capable of, commensurate with their resources and considering the situation they find themselves in, then that generosity becomes a basis for the successful transmission of the Dharma.
In America as soon as any relationship involves money, we have a set of habits and presumptions that take over. We start thinking about the relationship as a transaction, or as an opportunity to get something, instead of as an opportunity to give something. We think about what is “fair”. Or we fool ourselves with various excuses to ignore our own avarice. It is important for us to understand that every aspect of our relationship with the Dharma is a practice, which means an opportunity to get beyond our selfish, self-cherishing habits.
When we receive teachings, we are not purchasing a commodity. For both teacher and student, the transmission of the Dharma is an opportunity to practice the six perfections: generosity, moral discipline, patience, diligence, concentration and wisdom.”