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 charges no membership dues. 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. All programs are offered on the basis of a "dana bowl".
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 501c3, non-profit organization.
Donation-Based Dharma Gatherings, Classes, & Events
All PIMC programs are offered with a "suggested donation." Please pay the amount suggested on the online registration form. If you can, please consider exceeding the amount requested by writing a separate amount in the "Additional Contribution" box, which will help support the participation of those with limited means.
To assure that all people can access our programs, no one is excluded for inability to pay - the online registration process always includes the possibility writing in a scholarship amount.
If you prefer to pay at the door, rather than pre-register online, these options are also available when you pay by cash, check, or credit card.
Stewardship Circle Monthly Donation
Please consider becoming a sustaining contributor with a monthly, automatic contribution. In this way, you can continue to support the mission of this community - to reduce suffering - even when you are not here to attend programs.
The Stewardship Circle provides a stable funding base for the ongoing teaching of the Dharma at PIMC. Your monthly contribution will be automatically deducted from your credit card or bank account. Your generosity guarantees that PIMC will continue to be the living and vibrant spiritual home that nourishes you and so many others.
Donations By Shopping Through Partners
Another way to support PIMC is to use the links below to shop at either: Portland's beloved local independent bookstore, Powells City of Books, 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.
- Powells City of BooksHOW IT WORKS...
- Click on this link (or copy and paste it into your browser) -- https://www.powells.com/partner/33377
- (Always use this URL for PIMC's Powells Books account when you shop on the Powells website.)
- Now, shop!
- Powells will donate 7.5% of the amount of books and misc. purchases to PIMC (with the exception of gift cards)
- AmazonSmileHOW IT WORKS...
- Click on this link (or copy and paste it into your browser) -- https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1317966
- (Always use this URL for PIMC's Amazon Smile account when you shop on Amazon.)
- Log into your Amazon account
- Now, shop!
- 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.