On Giving

Just as we all rely on the offerings of sun, air, and the Earth for our survival, some in our sangha rely on freely given donations for our material needs (although we are not a residential community at this time).  We don’t solicit funds, and we don’t have membership “dues”.  We trust that if our practice is wholehearted, it will be appreciated by the wider community and our needs will naturally be met, without coercion or a sense of debt.  This is in line with the oldest traditions of yogic or contemplative practice communities around the world.

Please give only if you do so joyfully.  May we all realize the open, boundless, and unified nature of giver, receiver and gift.  Whether giving material or spiritual aid, may we all appreciate the nurturing power of “dana paramita” (the transcendent practice of generosity).

Some of us could use donations of the listed items below if you have then on hand to spare (but please contact us first to see).  Making new purchases is generally unnecessary, and, as almost all new purchased items will have some role in harmful ecological or social impact, we encourage abstaining from consumerism whenever possible.  However, if you are inclined to buy something for us, please consider used over new, and, if new, where and how the item was made.  For our few purchases, generally of food, we abstain from buying plastic packaged items (we buy bulk in re-used bags and containers), choose to buy organically grown food to avoid poisoning the environment, and refrain from buying products that exploit animals.  We try to buy as local as possible and try to support non-profits like co-ops (People’s Coop) rather than profit-driven corporate stores.  Thanks for extending your awakening practice to your purchasing, and to all aspects of your life.

May we all learn to reduce our harmful impacts, cultivate loving-kindness and discover our original joy.

Things we could use

( if you have something to offer, please contact us to see if we still need it)

Kitchen items

  • Steel Pressure Cooker
  • Wooden Eating Bowls/Oryoki Set Items
  • Any kind of manual kitchen appliance (especially hand crank or bicycle-powered blenders, mills, grinders, juicers, etc.)
  • solar cookers & dehydrators


  • oats (steel-cut, whole groats, or rolled)
  • nuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • flax seeds
  • ginger, turmeric, nutritional yeast, amla powder, black pepper
  • lentils, dals, mung beans, other legumes
  • anything you have in excess that may otherwise go unused

*Most of us promote a diet that causes the least harm to humans and other animals (“plant based” or vegan – no animal products) and some of us are attentive to “sattvic” guidelines from Ayurveda (no onion, garlic, or intensely spicy foods) diet.


  • Wool Socks
  • Wool Blankets
  • Bikes
  • Bike Trailers
  • Selected Dharma Books (check with us)
  • Tambura
  • Swarpeti (Sruti Box)
  • Land to live on
  • Inspired Practitioners