The other thing I notice is that people have money for their entertainment, etc., but when it comes to the Dharma center, they have no interest in giving and want it all to be free. Shantideva Center is a place that would love to offer all of the programs. If there were more sponsors and benefactors, this may be a possibility in the future as it is at some other centers. However, as you know, the reality of maintaining a business (and yes, there are business aspects to our centers) in the New York area is daunting. Rent, maintenance, teachers’ expenses, materials, etc. cost money, but consider the value. This is a place you can come to work with your mind on a deeper level. In addition, as I travel to many centers, I rejoice that Shantideva Center is a place that provides this safe, open, and welcoming environment to support this meaningful work. They do it extraordinarily well. This is an amazing gift to the community and it’s wonderful to see how many people come and thank the center for being there.
So the essence of the work at Shantideva is about opening the heart. Truly. It makes you happy. Period. Your financial support is essential in this process. Please enjoy the art of giving now. We are so grateful for your support.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Venerable Choden Rinpoche. She has directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.
Ven. Amy is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell and a contributor to Living in the Path, a series of online courses produced by FPMT.