The Halifax Shambhala Centre provides a welcoming place for people from all walks of life to learn meditation, participate in a wide variety of programs and classes, and gather for practice and community events. As a non-profit organization, the Centre is entirely supported by the generosity and commitment of its members and friends.
Membership in the Centre means being part of a diverse community of people who practise 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.
Becoming a member of the Centre is a way of expressing your personal appreciation for everything 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.
Membership in the Centre 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.
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We have begun our 2016 Membership Drive! It will run November 21 and conclude February. Our goal is to see the monthly dues contributions increase by $2,000 a month.
For added fun, we will be having a raffle. Every person who increases their monthly donations or signs up to be a member will have the chance to win 1 of 3 prizes!
1. Calligraphy created by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
2. The full “Profound Treasury” book collection
3. $400 worth of program credit at the Halifax Shambhala Centre.
*Winners will be drawn at Shambhala Day (Feb. 28, 2017).
Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others.
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 Shambhala Centre.
This involves three areas of engagement and support:
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.
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
Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:
- Ongoing, personal instruction with a qualified and experienced meditation instructor
- Halifax Centre email notices about programs and special events
- Shambhala International news services and announcements
- Access to Shambhala International members resources
- Access to the Centre’s library of books, videos and recordings
- Eligibility to participate in Centre governance
- Discounts at some local stores and businesses
- Charitable donation tax receipts
- The joy and merit of helping the tradition of meditation to flourish and benefit others
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 by 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.
How to Join and Donate
You can become a member and contribute dues or donations through any of the following simple means:
- Contact the Centre Director, Michelle Munro, by calling 420-1118 X 130, or emailing email@example.com – OR –
- Visit the Centre in person and fill out a membership form – OR –
- Use our Online Membership Form.
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.
- Also, consider contributing with a one-time donation:
If you have questions and/or wish to make a personal arrangement for dues and donations, please contact the Finance Officer, Bob Hastey, at (902) 420-1118 x 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Halifax Shambhala Community!