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The spirit of generosity guides all aspects of IMS’s vision and operations.
Generosity is the first of the ten parami, or qualities of character, that the Buddha taught his students to cultivate. The practice of generosity develops lovingkindness and compassion, deepens awareness of our interconnectedness and encourages non-attachment.
One of IMS's deepest aspirations is to share the Buddha's teachings with all who are interested, regardless of their ability to pay. Because of this wish, we offer a sliding scale retreat fee structure.
However, the income we receive from these fees covers only about 50% of our operating costs. To balance our budget and to provide wise stewardship of our resources, donations must supplement fee income.
Your support of IMS's teachers, centers and activities allows us to:
- offer meditation teachings that awaken our minds and hearts – bringing more wisdom and compassion into the world
- care for our refuge – maintaining our facilities and providing a nurturing retreat environment
- keep fees affordable – so that all who wish to attend may do so, regardless of means.
Thank you for your kindness!
"Generosity enacts the quality of nongreed; it is a willingness to give, to share, to let go." ~ Joseph Goldstein
"Generosity has tremendous force because it arises from an inner quality of letting go." ~ Sharon Salzberg