Dāna Economy

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 have a set charge for our classes, but simply ask you to donate whatever you can so we can cover our running costs.

The centre is operated by our charity, The Triratna Buddhist Community (Colchester), which is a registered charity #1046724.

What It Costs

Building works, equipment, repairs and maintenance
Rent, utilities, caretaking and IT costs
Insurances, fees, bank charges and interest
National/International Chair and Mitra Convenors meetings
Kitchen, office and shrine keeping supplies
Donated to other Triratna centres and projects

Monthly costs based on spending from our financial year ending June 2017.

Standing Orders

Many people who attend the centre regularly choose to set up a monthly standing order. Not only is this a great way to support the centre, many people find this easier than bringing cash every time they come to the centre.

The easiest way to set up a standing order is to use online banking. You are in control, so you can change the amount or cancel at any time. On your online banking account, simply set up a standing order using the following details:

Account Name Colchester Buddhist Centre
Sort Code 08-90-31
Account Number 50278714
Bank The Co-operative Bank

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your gift can be increased by 25% under the Gift Aid scheme at no extra cost to you. This makes a significant difference, so if you are a tax payer, please complete a Gift Aid declaration so we can claim Gift Aid on your donations.

If you don't use online banking, you can alternatively download and print a standing order form, or if you don't have a printer, you can pick up a form at the centre.

One Off Donations

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger, and give, even if you only have a little. By these three means can one reach the presence of the gods.