The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants, and one of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from participating in programs for lack of funds. At the same time, the Center relies on the revenue from program participants to cover the cost of each program and of keeping our doors open.
We are using tiered pricing for most programs both to encourage generosity and help support a variety of financial circumstances. The tiers are as follow:
- Patron Price:For those who are able to pay more than the Program Price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price of the program, and provides support to the Shambhala Center.
- Program Price: We invite you to pay the full tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to continue to offer an abundance of quality programs for our community. This level covers the full cost of the program which includes the direct cost of your program as well as the cost to keep the center open and support ongoing operations.
- Generosity Policy:If the Program Price is an obstacle for you, please offer as much of the program price as you can. The suggested minimum, based on the Center’s costs, is 50% of the program price. You may type in the amount on the program’s registration page and pay accordingly.
This Generosity Policy is based upon our sangha’s fundamental commitment to the Mahayana path of benefiting all sentient beings. This frames the way that we think about all of our sources of revenue. In all program offerings, we offer the above pricing tiers when collecting payment, but the central principle always remains the same: “How much are you able to give?” In this way, everyone is extended the opportunity to practice generosity over and over again. Sometimes we can be more generous than at other times, and that’s the way things are.
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