There is no set fee for the weekly group meditation and for most of our events, such as daylongs, discussion groups, and beginner’s courses. We follow the custom of giving donations/offerings (dana) to support the organization and our teachers. Generosity is a fundamental aspect of our community; it is the voluntary offering of gifts and effort that support our activities.
A nominal fee is charged for extended programs such as the six-month Walking the Path program and nine-month Sutta Study course. These fees help to establish a commitment to multi-month programs, cover administrative costs, or contribute to our retreat scholarship fund. Fees are charged for retreats to cover the rental of the retreat facility, food, insurance, and other administrative costs.
IMSB and our teachers rely solely upon the voluntary donations of members and participants. Two bowls are set out at each event for donations: one is marked for the teacher, the other for organizational expenses. You may also donate online or by mail (IMSB, PO Box 490, Menlo Park, CA 94026). We do not suggest a particular amount; we ask that each participant practice generosity in a way that is appropriate for the individual, supports our community and teachers, and cultivates the joyful practice of giving.