Membership at the BSC fosters and supports a culture of people committed to making enlightened society possible.
Why become a member of the Boston Shambhala Center?
To support and be supported by community of people that is committed to integrating their contemplative practice into their daily lives.
A profound and humble way to make a commitment to creating enlightened society through:
- Meditation Practice
- Volunteer Service
- Financial Contributions
Because you recognize the need for an urban retreat center in Boston for meditation, learning, and contemplation.
Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.
All of the work of our Center and much of the work of the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.
We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Suggested Boston Shambhala Center dues are $60 per month. Members are welcome to give more or less than these amounts as they are able. Your contribution allows us to plan on a yearly operating budget as well as to offer Shambhala teachings to the world.
The recommended contribution amounts are meant as guidelines for Membership. We ask that you give as generously as you can and we appreciate whatever contribution your circumstances permit.
Recommended Financial Contributions
Tiger – – – –$25/mo : Beginning Level (Students/Seniors/Low-Income)
Lion – – – – $60/mo : Supporting Level (Suggested for Individuals)
Garuda – – $100/mo :Sustaining Level (Couples / Families)
Dragon – – $200/mo :Patron Level
Why does membership matter?
Becoming a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion. We also provide each other an opportunity to practice compassion and patience.
We invite anyone interested in our Shambhala Center to consider becoming a member. Becoming a member of our Center simultaneously brings membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally and in society.
Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do. It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center.
Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche