On Giving

SignJust as all of us rely on the offerings of sun, air, and the Earth for our lives, we, as a sangha, rely completely on freely given donations of money or other items for our material needs.  We don’t solicit funds, and we don’t have “members” or “dues”.  We trust that if our practice is wholehearted, it will be appreciated by the wider community and our needs will naturally be met, without coercion or a sense of debt.  This is in line with the oldest traditions of yogic or contemplative practices around the world.

Please give only if you do so joyfully.  May we all realize the open, empty and unified nature of giver, receiver and gift.  Whether giving material or dharma, may we all appreciate the power of dana paramita (the perfection of generosity).

We would deeply appreciate donations of the listed items below if you have then on hand to spare.  Making new purchases is generally unnecessary.  However, if you are strongly inclined to buy something for us, please consider used over new, and, if new, where and how the item was made.  For our few purchases we abstain from buying plastic packaged items (we buy bulk in re-used bags and containers), buying non-organically grown food or buying any animal products.  We are very reticent to buy anything that comes from distant locales and we try to support local non-profits like co-ops (http//www.peoples.coop/) rather than large profit-driven corporate stores.  Thanks for extending your mindful practice to your purchasing, and to all aspects of your life.

May we all learn to reduce our harmful impacts, cultivate loving-kindness and discover our original joy.


Things we could use

(This list is from when we had a large communal house.  I’m keeping it up to give a general sense of what we use, but right now we don’t need much – if you have something to offer, please contact us to see if we still need it)

Kitchen items

  • Steel Pressure Cooker
  • Wooden Eating Bowls
  • Any kind of manual kitchen appliance (especially hand crank or bicycle-powered blenders, mills, grinders, juicers, etc.)
  • solar cookers & dehydrators

Food*

  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Other whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Lentils, Mung Beans, Other Legumes
  • Anything you have in excess that may otherwise go unused

*We try to eat a vegan (no animal products) and sattvic (no onion, garlic, or intensely spicy foods) diet.

Miscellaneous

  • Wool Socks
  • Wool Blankets
  • Bike Carts
  • Tambura
  • Swarpeti (Sruti Box)
  • Land to live on
  • Inspired Practitioners