An Ocean of Merit
“If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift.”
- Shakyamuni Buddha, Itivuttaka 26
The benefits of giving to a Dharma center are unbelievable. In addition to receiving a tax deductible receipt, you create karmic benefits such as:
- The satisfaction of practicing generosity - a source of immediate temporary happiness
- Creating the cause for wealth in the future – a source for future temporary happiness
- Creating the cause to hear, practice and realize the Dharma – the source for ultimate and eternal happiness
“A Dharma center which offers these practices is an extremely important need… It is a very important tool to bring peace in the world… so whatever you are able to contribute will benefit not only for the peace of this world, but for all sentient beings.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
"Vajrapani Institute has been a stronghold for contemplation and awakening for over 30 years. We are a 3,600 people strong community united by a wish to transform our minds and our communities. The only reason this center continues is thanks to the effort and support of you."
"In every culture but the West, society supports monasteries and Dharma centers. It is a tradition the Buddha began to preserve the integrity and purity of his teachings. American culture makes this difficult. There is little support for the spiritual journey. It falls to us--the formative seedlings of the Buddha in the West--to nurture the Buddha-nature of those fortunate enough to find the path."
"We want you to succeed in your aspirations to embolden your compassion. We want you to succeed in cutting through illusion and truly helping your fellow beings. We want you to awaken, and we can provide the conditions you need to irrevocably plant the seeds of virtue in your life. We want you to come for teachings or contemplative retreat, and we want you to bring the Dharma to life for the sake of all living beings."
- Fabienne Pradelle - Director of Vajrapani