Membership


The Halifax Shambhala Centre welcomes people from all walks of life to learn meditation and participate in a wide variety of programs, classes, and community events. As a non-profit, the Centre is entirely supported by the generosity and commitment of its members and friends.

  • Community
    Membership means being part of a diverse community of people who practice meditation as a path to contentment, joy, bravery and kindness in everyday life.

    Locally and globally, Shambhala is a community dedicated to creating enlightened society here on this earth – a possibility that begins with resting our minds and opening our hearts to the fundamental goodness and worthiness of humanity.

  • Appreciation
    Becoming a member of the Centre is a way of expressing your personal appreciation for all the Shambhala path offers to you and helping to make it available for others.

    This includes manifesting a culture of kindness and offering volunteer and financial support, as your circumstances permit. All contributions that you make serve to keep our doors open and our programs flourishing and accessible.

  • Open to All
    Membership is open to everyone, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or perceptual ability, income, or political, social or religious views and beliefs.

    Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Centre has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do. 

    It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Contributing through membership dues is the financial backbone of our local Shambhala Centre.


See below, how to join, and our membership coordinator will be in touch with you.  Also, you may contact us to receive more information.

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How to Join

You can become a member and contribute dues or donations through any of the following simple means:

  1. Use our Online Membership Form (recommended – quick and easy)



    This form allows you to sign up for membership and specify monthly donations through PayPal or with a credit card (for those that do not have or wish to use PayPal).

    Note that regular monthly donations can be changed or cancelled at any time through the PayPal site, using your personal PayPal account.

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  2. Contact our Centre Director or Finance Manager by email

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  3. Visit the Centre in person and fill out a membership form.  Find out more about information our location and hours.

 

How to Donate

  • Consider offering your support for our local meditation centre and activities with a one-time donation:

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If you have questions and/or wish to make a personal arrangement for dues and donations, please contact the Finance Office by phone or email.

 

Engaging Through Membership

Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others.  This involves three areas of engagement and support:

    • Practicing meditation

      Shambhala members engage regularly in meditation and contemplative practice and strive to integrate their practice into everyday life. Regular practice is the best way for all of us to support our Shambhala community, our world and ourselves.

    • Volunteering

      Shambhala members offer volunteer service at the Centre according to their inspiration, talents and time. Volunteering puts our meditation into action and makes a vital contribution to Centre programs and events.

    • Providing financial support

      Shambhala members contribute dues and donations to provide the Centre with a stable revenue base. The Centre relies on regular, recurring monthly dues to cover most of its operating costs. Giving is part of our practice of generosity.

Benefits of Membership

Connect with our centre’s community, in this way, helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

  • Meditation Instruction – ongoing, personal instruction with a qualified and experienced meditation instructor

  • Member Communications – Halifax Centre email notices about programs and special events
  • International Announcements – Shambhala International news services and announcements

  • Local Centre Library – access to the Centre’s library of books, videos and recordings
  • Centre Governance – eligibility to participate in Centre governance

  • Discounts – at some local stores and businesses
  • Tax Receipts – charitable donation tax receipts
  • Joy & Merit! – the joy and merit of helping the tradition of meditation to flourish and benefit others

Recommended Contributions

The Halifax Shambhala Centre welcomes members to contribute monthly dues in any amount of their choice. We offer the following recommendations as a general guide, based on 0.1% of annual income:

  • Student / Low Income = $10 to $30 per month
  • Average income = $40 to $90 per month
  • Higher income = $100 and up per month


Monthly dues can be paid in a variety of ways (automatic bank withdrawal, PayPal or credit card). Please note that you can increase or decrease your monthly contributions at any time if your financial circumstances change.  Annual or one-time donations are also greatly appreciated.

All financial contributions to the centre are tax deductible. Tax receipts are provided annually.   If you have questions and/or wish to make a personal arrangement for dues and donations, please contact the Finance Office by phone or email.

Welcome!

Next, learn more about volunteering and activites at the centre and see what may be of interest.  Please contact the centre to learn more or offer to assist.

Welcome to the Halifax Shambhala Community!