The practice of generosity – can you help support the work and vision of the International Buddhist Academy? February 2, 2012Posted by kungadondrup in Uncategorized.
Giving with an open heart brings us joy and directly benefits others. Goods are then shared more equitably within our society and among nations, soothing the ill-feeling of social inequity and promoting world peace. Sharing is a source of our continued existence as a species. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, it is not survival of the fittest, but survival of those who cooperate the most, that makes a species prosper. None of us exists independently; we have to depend on others simply to stay alive. Thus, helping others and sharing wealth benefits both self and others. Generosity makes us happy now, enables our species to continue to prosper, and creates positive karma that brings us prosperity in the future. In addition, it is an essential trait of an enlightened being. Who ever heard of a stingy Buddha?
– Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, from ‘How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator’
There are many ways in which you can support the training of future monastic leaders, teachers and translators who are currently studying at the I.B.A. By supporting the monastic Sangha, you are not only helping preserve and spread the teachings of the Buddha, you are also creating much positive merit for yourself. As the Buddha taught, accumulating merit and wisdom are the two stages which need to be accomplished in order to achieve liberation.
Can you help in any way? Our Fundraising and Development manager the Ven. Kunga Dondrup will be very happy to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about how you can support the work and vision of the International Buddhist Academy. You may also donate by following this link.