Dāna Economy

Generosity is of fundamental importance in Buddhism and the finances of the Centre are run on the basis of koha / dāna / donations. The volunteers that run the Centre give their time, energy and knowledge freely so that as many people as possible can benefit.

Many people are questioning and re-evaluating established ways of thinking and living and find that the Buddha’s teaching directly addresses these concerns. The Buddha’s teaching represents an utterly fresh way of understanding the value of human life and how we can best make use of the tremendous opportunity it offers. Every week we make the these teaching available to newcomers through Newcomers Night, Young Buddhist evenings and drop-in meditation classes. All these classes are currently held on Zoom with some live-streamed on Facebook. When people have been around for a while they also attend Regular Night, festivals, study groups, and other events.

We only make a formal charge for our Retreats and workshops; all other activities are offered on a generosity basis.

Wellington Buddhist Centre is a registered charity, with charity number CC22144. Our full accounts are available from Charities Services.

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What It Costs

Yearly costs
$33,156
Rent

$4,000
Publicity

$1,510
Admin Costs

Where It Comes From

The majority of our income comes from two sources: the generosity of people who come to the centre who donate either at classes or by regular monthly donations, and income from retreats at Vijayaloka. We also make additional income from running courses, and from hiring out the centre for things like yoga and recovery groups, and renting out the flat above the it. A small amount of additional income comes from bookshops sales and interest.

How You Can Help

Suggested donation amounts for our classes are $5-$15 but all classes are offered freely; please give what you can to support our work and to support those less well off. We hope you can give generously!

Standing Orders

The best way to financially support the Centre is by standing order, which will help maintain and develop the work that is done here by providing a reliable income stream in uncertain economic times. Our suggested monthly donation amount is $120.

Increased income will allow us to extend the range of what we do, allowing us to continue to unfold and deepen the thriving Centre and Community that we have, and give people what they need to effect real change in their lives.

You can set up a standing order online here.

One-Off Donations

We take cash or card at the Centre. You can also donate online here.

Tax Refund

Wellington Buddhist Centre is registered with the IRD as an approved donee organisation. This means you can claim tax credits for donations you give to us. Learn more about tax credit for donations