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) Incoporated.
What It CostsAveraged monthly costs from calendar year 2020 (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 2 people to handle administration and bookkeeping.
Building 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.