How we’re financed
Generosity is of fundamental importance in Buddhism and the finances of the Centre are run on the basis of “dana”, which means generosity in the old Indian language, Pali. Our aim is to inspire a culture of generosity in the way we share Buddhist teachings. All Buddhism classes are offered free of charge, but of course, donations are very gratefully received. Some people like to be given a guideline donation for courses, in which case we suggest £5 each session but this is entirely optional and you may feel that less, more, or nothing at all is more appropriate for you.
The Blackburn Buddhist Centre was developed through generosity of the sangha community – giving their time, skills, commitment and where possible, money. After renting various properties we moved to Maitri House in 2005 renovating an old Victorian terrace office to become the centre where we can communicate the Buddha’s teachings and meditation.
Blackburn Buddhist Centre remains a registered charity (search on the charity commission website for our charity no. 1037404) We get some income from courses, once a year we run a charity shop in Blackburn, but mainly rely on the generosity of supporters to keep the Centre and its activities alive and growing.
Giving Money: we always welcome donations in the Centre’s dana bowl. Dana is the Pali word for generosity. No amount is too large or too small.
Regular Giving: standing orders are particularly helpful. They enable us to budget effectively. Pick up a form at the Centre.
Gift Aid: if you are a UK tax payer you can gift aid your donation, whether it’s regular or a one-off. The government then adds 25p in the pound, at no extra cost to you.
There is full gift aid information on the standing order form
Other Ways of Giving: volunteer your time and skills – from decorating and DIY to cleaning and leafleting.
Legacies: if you are making a will, please consider a bequest to the Centre
Give in kind: we always welcome tea bags, soya milk, loo rolls, heavy duty bin bags and so on. Just adding an extra item to each shopping trip really helps keep our supplies bill down. We encourage Fairtrade products when possible.