Our community is based on dāna, the Buddhist principle of generosity. As part of spreading the Buddha's teachings, we think it's important that we run our centre on the basis of dāna and aim to inspire a culture of giving.

We charge minimal amounts for our activities which we're able to do because so many people generously give money and time to establish and maintain everything we enjoy at the Sydney Buddhist Centre.

Sydney Buddhist Centre and Vijayaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre are operated as one charity. As a registered charity, our full accounts are available from ACNC under Triratna Buddhist Community (Sydney) Incorporated.

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What It Costs

Monthly costs based on spending from our financial year ending June 2021 (3 sf).

While most of our classes, courses and retreats are run by volunteers who aren't paid for the work they do, we employ a small team to handle administration and bookkeeping.

Loan repayments

While both our buildings are owned by us, only Vijayaloka is owned outright. This covers our loan repayments for the Sydney Buddhist Centre building, and the solar panels that power it.

Insurances, bank charges, legal and accountancy costs

Everything needed to be operating such as insurances, fees for fire safety checks, and end-of-year account auditing.


Includes all utilities like electricity, gas, garbage disposal, telephone, internet, etc. for both Sydney Buddhist Centre and Vijayaloka.

Kitchen, office and shrine keeping supplies

Includes all our tea and biscuits, cleaning supplies, shrine keeping supplies like flowers, candles and incense, and office stationary and printing costs. Doesn't include retreat food which we take off retreat income.

Building works, equipment, repairs and maintenance

Includes everything needed to keep the centre and Vijayaloka in good working order and looking beautiful. This includes repairs, equipment and furniture, and pest control.


Includes both online and print advertising which has proven effective for introducing new people to our activities.

Where It Comes From

The majority of our income comes from two sources: the generosity of people who come to the centre who donate either at classes or by regular monthly donations, and income from retreats at Vijayaloka.

We also make additional income from running courses, and from renting out the flat above the centre, and a small amount from bookshops sales and interest. During 2020 we also received Government support due to the coronavirus.

2021 2020 2019
Donations 93601.59 125009.1 74959.24
Retreat Profit 118259.6 46019.65 102503.82
Hire-out & Rent 51064.55 47320.87 62544.18
Courses 6092.08 10002.23 26111.85
Other (including Government COVID support) 54085.96 33866.64 4981.28
Income from our financial years ending June each year.

How You Can Help

Donations to the Sydney Buddhist Centre are very gratefully accepted. This helps us as a community to continue to offer our ongoing activities, including meditation instruction and encouragement to lead a creative and ethical life.

Donate by Bank Transfer, Card or PayPal

If you would like to provide support the best way to help is by giving regularly by direct debit. You can set up a monthly standing donation yourself using online or phone banking using these account details:

Account NameTriratna Sydney
Account Number155 877 988
ReferenceMSD (Your Name)

After setting up a bank transfer, it is helpful (but not required) to drop us an email so we know to look out for it.

If you prefer to pay by credit/debit card, you can set up a payment through PayPal.

Donate With Employer Matching

We can receive donations through Benevity for donation matching. Search for "Triratna Buddhist Community (Sydney) Incorporated" in your company's Benevity dashboard.

If your employer offers donation matching through another platform, drop us an email.

Other Ways To Give

There are many ways of practising generosity and we encourage you to give in ways appropriate to your circumstances and supportive of your growth and development. The practice of generosity frees us, so we encourage giving with a sense of lightness, connectedness and ease. If you would like to be involved or to know more, please contact us and we will be happy to help you help us.