The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our Members and program participants. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from joining or participating in Shambhala Training programs because of financial considerations. At the same time, the Center always needs to raise revenue so that it can stay open and grow, expanding our offerings to the world at large.
We have tiered pricing to encourage generosity and help support a variety of financial circumstances. The Patron level supports those who are unable to attend a program at the Sustaining Level. The tiers are as follows:
Patron Level — This price supports those who cannot attend at the Sustaining price.
Sustaining Level — the basic fee required by each participant to sustain the costs of the program.
Supporting Level — This price allows people to attend programs at a discounted rate, supported by the contributions of the ‘Patron’ tier.
MyPrice — allows participants to select the level of generosity at which they are able to contribute. Please consider the value of the program and practice generosity at the level appropriate for you.
We are committed to offering our core programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. If you are unable to meet any of the listed pricing tiers, please enter an amount in the MyPrice field that If that option is not available, or you would like to discuss the situation more fully, please contact us by email at email@example.com. You must set up some payment arrangement prior to the program you wish to attend.
The Boston Shambhala Center’s Generosity Policy is based upon our sangha’s fundamental commitment to benefiting all sentient beings. This frames the way that we think about all of our sources of revenue. Our perspective when collecting payment for programs as well as dues for membership is based upon a simple formula: “How much are you able to give?” In all program offerings and membership discussions, we offer a few benchmark suggestions, but the central principle 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 perfectly normal—that’s the way things are. Sometimes we can stretch, and sometimes we cannot.
To be as transparent as possible, the basic parameters of our pricing policy, our membership dues policy, and our scholarship program can be viewed on this page.
If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Boston to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24-hours prior to arrival.
Membership involves joining a community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness, and compassion both personally and in society. Providing financial support to the Center is a practice of generosity. 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 appreciate whatever contribution your circumstances permit.
General:$60 – $75 month
Low Income/Student:$15 – 30 month
Recommended Minimum Contribution: $100 month
This designation is for groups of two or more persons related by blood or affection (including dependent children).
Stipends are available for Members attending Shambhala Core Path Programs at other Centers. This part of the scholarship program will be available to Shambhala Center Members only, and it will be funded by cash contributions from two sources: i) donations to the scholarship fund by members as well as by the general public and ii) quarterly donations to the fund from the Boston Shambhala Center’s gross revenues.