Generosity / Support your Community
This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences. We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. - Alan Watts
The teachings of the Buddha are priceless. For more than 2500 years they have offered humanity a way to transform ignorance, greed, hatred and suffering into love, compassion, and true freedom.
PIMC follows the ancient practice of Dana, in which the teachings are offered generously, with open hands and no holding back. The center flourishes as a result of the reciprocal dana through which participants express their gratitude in the form of service and financial support. Those who have found PIMC life-changing are also motivated by their gratitude to help make the teachings available to the next person who comes through the front doors.
The practice of generosity is essential to one on the path of awakening. It is one leg of a tripod that supports a compassionate and awake life. The other two legs are the practice of non-harming, and the development of the heart/mind through meditation. Practicing generosity helps us recognize and manifest our fundamental interconnectedness. Each act of sharing one's attention, energy, material wealth or time enhances one's capacity to relinquish clinging, resulting in freedom and happiness.
As a vehicle for the priceless teachings of the Buddha, PIMC is committed to the principle that no person will be unable to participate fully in the life of the center for financial reasons. Many events are offered on the basis of a "dana bowl" which is available.
Some classes are offered with a "suggested donation". To assure that no one is excluded, whenever there is a registration process, it is always possible to write in a scholarship amount. During the registration process it is also possible to make an extra contribution to support someone else's participation.
Please consider becoming a sustaining contributor with a monthly automatic contribution. This type of support continues whether or not you are able to attend, and allows a stable financial base for our planning.
If your life has been improved or transformed by your participation at PIMC please take a moment to follow one of the links above and help ensure that this precious resource of the Dharma is available for all.
All donations are tax deductible: PIMC is a 501-c-3 corporation.
Donations by shopping through partners
Another way to support PIMC is to use the links below to shop at either Powells or AmazonSmile. The center gets a small commission, and it costs you nothing. To support PIMC while you shop, please click on one of the links below.
- Shop at AmazonSmileHOW IT WORKS...
- Log into your Amazon account
- Open up a new webpage for https://smile.amazon.com/
- In the space where you can choose a charity to direct money to, write in (with quotes) "Portland Insight Meditation Community". Select that from the search results.
- Now, whenever you shop on Amazon, always use the smile.amazon.com URL
- Amazon will donate 0.5% of the amount of your purchase to PIMC
Many companies will match your donations to PIMC. Check with your HR department
Please remember PIMC when you are doing end of life estate planning.
For information about PIMC's finances, please go to the Finance Page.