What is Gift Economics?
The financial model of WHMC is “gift economy,” a generosity-based model of operation. We believe that everyone has the capacity for generosity, and that together we can “co-create a welcoming and thriving spiritual community based in the transformative values of abundance, trust, and connection, rather than scarcity, fear, and separation” (East Bay Meditation Center)
There are no set fees or dues for our events, and WHMC receives very little outside funding. We rely on the support of our community expressed in many forms, as people offer their resources, time, and skills to WHMC, according to their ability. The system of Dana (‘generous giving’) has been the cornerstone of keeping Buddhist communities intact for over 2,500 years. The practice of generosity invites us to participate in the world by expressing gratitude and generosity help to keep the wheel of the Dharma turning.
Practicing Dana, we directly challenge the clinging and attachment that gives rise to suffering. We also practice wise intention when we give freely and willingly in the service of the Dharma.
While financial support is often our most pressing demand, there are many other valuable ways to offer a gift at WHMC:
Giving Time: VOLUNTEERING
We rely on the direct service of many community members to maintain our day-to-day operations. If you’d like to be added to the volunteer list, please reach out via email and let us know. Click HERE to contact us via email & see how you can get involved in service at the center.
Giving Stock: MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
Many of our members contribute toiletries, office supplies, tea, and other important material and supplies at the center. If you can make a contribution of materials or supplies, please click HERE to let us know.
Wish List: GIVE A PRESENT
From time to time, we will update our wish list, which are big ticket items that we’d love to have but are unable to purchase. Click HERE for our wish list.