Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Our Place of Practice: A Circuit of Generosity

Posted by Viriyalila on Mon, 15 October, 2012 - 16:01
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Coming together for meditation, Buddhist ritual and Dharma study are important conditions for deepening one’s practice. We meet together every Wednesday evening for our Sangha (Community) Night where we meditate and explore an aspect of the Buddha’s teaching through a talk and discussion. If you are new to meditation, we are happy to provide support and guidance for you. Everyone is welcome to join us.

With our program we aim to provide varied opportunities with Introductory courses in both meditation and Buddhist studies and day retreats to take your meditation and Dharma practice to a deeper level. We also offer workshops and classes in the arts, working with addiction, practicing in the workplace and more.

We offer all of our programs and retreats on a ‘dana’ basis. The Sanskrit word ‘dana’ means generosity, which is a fundamental Buddhist principle. Because the Dharma is so precious, in the spirit of the Buddha himself, we choose not to put a price on it. So rather then charge for classes, we offer them freely and then ask for your donations.

All of our workshop facilitators, presenters and retreat leaders offer their events on a volunteer basis. We thank them for sharing their skills, experiences and inspirations.

If you value the programs and classes at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center, we hope that you will be inspired to help us with the most obvious form of support, money through donations. We have a dana bowl in the center, again, chosen in the spirit of the Buddha who carried a wooden bowl on his alms rounds through the villages seeking support in the form of food from his local community.

To continue this circuit of generosity, when we were looking for space to begin meeting up for meditation and Dharma classes, we were offered a free space by Mark McNabb, owner of the McNabb Group, for which we are very grateful. In response, we offer a donation on his behalf, to The Music Hall and Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Buddhist Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit with tax-exempt status, tax ID# 45-2836893.

Thank you all for your generous support in a variety of ways. Together we are creating a substantial place of practice that will bring benefit to many beings!
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