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.
What It CostsMonthly costs based on spending from our financial year ending June 2022 (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.
Insurances, legal, and accountancy costs
Everything needed to be operating such as insurances, fees for fire safety checks, card transaction charges, and end-of-year accounting.
Includes all utilities like electricity, gas, garbage disposal, telephone, internet, etc. for both Sydney Buddhist Centre and Vijayaloka.
Building works, repairs and maintenance
Includes everything needed to keep the centre and Vijayaloka in good working order and looking beautiful. This includes repairs, building improvements, pest control and grounds maintenance.
While both our buildings are owned by us, only Vijayaloka is owned outright. This is the interest on our loan for the Sydney Buddhist Centre building, and the solar panels that power it.
Gifts and Wider Triratna Involvement
This includes money donated to other causes, and travel costs to attend international meetings with other Triratna organisations.
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.
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.
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 Name||Triratna Sydney|
|Account Number||155 877 988|
|Reference||MSD (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.