Unified Giving to Begin at Fort Collins Shambhala

Typically we have a large fundraising campaign for Shambhala Day in the spring and Harvest of Peace in the fall, where the funds have previously gone to the center of the mandala – Shambhala International. This year instead of trying to fundraise for a short period in order to benefit the center of the mandala we will be launching the Unified Giving Campaign.

Unified Giving is an opportunity to switch from giving directly to the center of the mandala to making donations directly to our local center. For the Shambhala Lineage this is an opportunity to adequately distribute funds between the center of the mandala and each individual Shambhala Center. Each Shambhala Center will give up to 25% of their membership donations and income directly to the center of the mandala on an annual basis.

    As individual community members of Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center, a portion of up to 25% of any fee or donation will be passed on to the center of the mandala. What this means is that our monetary generosity not only benefits our center but ultimately benefits every aspect of our Shambhala culture. By our generosity to the center of the mandala through our local donations, we support teachings from the Sakyong and senior teachers, as well as countless benefits that we see on a daily basis i.e.: free public sitting,  consistent and vibrant class offerings and a substantial generosity policy.

Understanding the benefits of Unified Giving, I encourage you to make a donation for the Harvest of Peace Canpaign.  Our aspiration as the FCSMC is to raise a total of $2000 during HOP.  $1500 will stay at our local center and $500 will be given to the center of the mandala.

I invite you to to contact me for further discussion about Unified Giving and it’s long term effects and implementation. If you were unable to attend Harvest of Peace, you can mail a check made out to FCSMC at P.O. Box 1336 Fort Collins, CO 80522.

Yours in the vision of offering and generosity,

Greth Patterson
Center Director

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