Just 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 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
- Wool Socks
- Untreated scrap wood to be cut into small kindling for cook stoves
- Pieces of earth tone cloth and fabrics of a natural material (cotton, linen, raw silk, hemp)
- Bike Carts
- Bike Pump
- Japanese Tea Cups (small handleless ceramic cups)
- Rugs, Mats, Wool Blankets and Cushions
- Tatami Mats (thick japanese straw mats)
- Nice wood to work
- Bee’s wax or used or unused wax of any type for making candles
- Home and garden tools
- Pressure Cooker
- Large Glass Jars
- Ceramic serving pots with lids
- Stainless steal pots
- Cast iron pans
- Nice Bowls
- Large hot water thermos
- Any kind of manual kitchen appliance (especially hand crank mills, blenders, grinders, juicers, etc.)
- Wooden Ladle
- Nice chopsticks
- Brown rice
- Other whole grains
- Nut Butters
- Sunflower seeds
- Soy Sauce
- Nutritional Yeast (with vitamin b12)
- Flax seeds
- Anything you have in excess that may otherwise go unused
*We try to eat a vegan (no animal products) and satvic (no onion, garlic, or intensely spicy foods) diet.