Membership Dues

Membership dues help sustain the activity of the Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center, allowing us to offer meditation, community events, and programs throughout the year.

Monthly support also allows us to create and maintain a home for our practices and our community, and to create and model an uplifted environment that supports our practices and the Shambhala path to awakenment.

The Brunswick Portland Shambhala Center currently supports two centers, with a location on Portland at 81 Oak Street and one in Brunswick at 19 Mason Street. Membership dues help pay the rent and maintain the upkeep on both of these facilities. We cover the balance with retreat and class fees.

Our members have diverse means and so they can offer a wide range of monthly dues. No one is excluded from membership because of money. However, making a financial commitment is a very important step along the Shambhala path; it is a gesture of support to the rest of your Shambhala community, and a clear acknowledgement of the value that you feel Shambhala has in your life.

While we do not have set levels of membership dues, we do have a few ways for you to think about the right level of support to fit your inspiration and your finances. One way is to look at the following ranges of dues and simply decide what you feel you can offer:

  • $20 per month
  • $50 per month
  • $75 per month
  • $100 per month
  • $250 – $500 or more per month

Another way is to think about your general spending patterns, especially impulse spending, and see if you wish to change anything in order to make a monthly contribution to help others experience Shambhala. A further way is to look at your monthly or annual income and consider contributing a fitting percentage of that.

If you have any questions about membership dues or any other aspect of membership, please contact Karen Monahan, Membership Coordinator, at [email protected]

To become a member please complete the Membership Form. Once we receive your completed form Karen will be able to guide you through the new member orientation process.