Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

We practice meditation so as not to waste our precious lives.

–Sharon Salzberg

Zafu cushions

All conditioned things are impermanent. Their nature is to rise and pass away. To be in harmony with this brings happiness.

Donations & Opportunities: Dana

Dana, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, is an important aspect of the Buddha's teachings. Because these teachings are considered priceless, they have generally been offered freely as a form of dana. This was true during the time of the Buddha; it remains true in many Buddhist countries today. In return, Dharma centers have traditionally been supported by the generosity – or dana – of their communities.

More than just a means of support, dana is considered part of our practice. Generosity is one of the ten paramis, or qualities of character, to be developed and perfected by the Dharma practitioner over many lifetimes. The act of giving not only benefits the receiver, but also opens the heart of the giver and acknowledges the interconnectedness of all beings.

In the spirit of dana, CIMC is committed to making the Buddha's teachings available to everyone regardless of financial circumstances. But the realities of operating and maintaining a meditation center in a modern urban setting can make this a challenge. By supporting the Center financially and/or by contributing your time and talent as a volunteer, you can help us meet the challenge and continue a tradition that dates back 2,500 years.

And please remember, even the smallest act of generosity is an expression of dana.

All membership contributions are fully tax deductible.

Donating to CIMC (general dana)
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Donating to your Membership
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Donating to our Endowment Fund
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Donating by Check
You may mail your donation to: CIMC, 331 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139. Or if you prefer, you may leave it in one of our donation boxes, which are located on the first floor and outside the meditation hall.

Please indicate on your check if it is for any specific purpose, such as membership. (For new members, we ask that you pay at least 3 months of your pledge when you first join the Center. All membership pledge contributions are tax deductible.)
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