Dāna is 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.
All are classes are run by volunteers who aren't paid for the work they do. We don't charge for most of our classes, but simply ask you to donate whatever you can so we can cover our running costs.
This page provides an overview of our costs and income, as well as information about how to give. The centre is operated by our charity, The Triratna Buddhist Community (Colchester) and as a registered charity, our full accounts are available from The Charity Commission.
What It CostsProjected monthly costs based on spending for our financial year ending June 2020.
Wages and Support
Includes support for our two part-time Centre Managers as well as our Men's and Women's Mitra Convenors.
Building loan repayments
Includes both the interest and repayments on the loans which were taken to purchase our building.
Building works, equipment, repairs and maintenance
Includes structural repair work to the building as well as ongoing wear-and-tear maintenance and upkeep costs.
Utilities and care-taking
Includes all utilities and hiring a cleaner and window cleaner, and our website costs. Also includes rent of the space used for running classes in Clacton.
Kitchen, office and shrine keeping supplies
Includes all our Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits, cleaning supplies, shrine keeping supplies like flowers, candles and incense, and office stationary.
Chair and Mitra Convenors meetings
Our Chair and Mitra Convenors attend national/international meetings several times throughout the year for a week each time.
Insurances, fees, bank charges and accountancy costs
Includes everything needed to have the building open to the public, fees for safeguarding checks and other legal and accounting costs.
Donated to other Triratna centres and projects
Almost every Triratna centre voluntarily donates a small amount of their surplus to help other Triratna projects.
Includes both online and print advertising which has proven effective for introducing new people to our centre.
Where It Comes From
The vast majority of our income is from the generosity of people who come to the centre. We also make a small amount from hiring the centre, running retreats and courses, and from bookshop sales.
How You Can Help
We provide suggested donation amounts for our classes and events. If everyone gave these amounts, our costs would be covered, but those can’t afford this (or even anything), are just as welcome as anyone else. We hope that by encouraging you to give what you can those who are able to give more will help cover for those who can’t afford as much, and we can continue offering our classes free of charge.
Most people who come to our classes donate at the centre (we can take donations by cash or card). You can also make a donation online now.
Many people who attend the centre regularly choose to set up a monthly standing order as a more convenient way of giving than donating every time they come to the centre.
* These are suggested donation amounts only. All of the classes and events mentioned above are free of charge and giving to the centre provides no benefit.