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Generosity

The spirit of generosity guides all aspects of IMS’s vision and operations.

Read “Generosity as Spiritual Practice: A Q&A with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein,” here.

Dana, or 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, we rely on donations to supplement retreat fee income.

In whatever form you choose to give, we thank you for your support.

The beauty of generosity is that it not only brings us happiness in the moment — we feel good when we give — but it is also the cause for happiness to arise in the future.

Joseph Goldstein

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