DonationsSitagu Buddha Vihara was developed and is sustained entirely through the generous donations as well as the labor of a large and dispersed community. Sitagu Buddha Vihara is indeed a fertile field of merit.
Each donation to the Sitagu Buddha Vihara is matched by enormous appreciation on the part of all of those who benefit from the Vihara. This appreciation begins with the sangha who are housed here and given a peaceful and inspirational rural setting and the most supportive facilities in which they can practice, study, teach, provide the pastoral needs of the Sitagu community and reach out beyond through lecture appearances, writing, good works, etc. This appreciation includes the many yogis who are able to come here for retreat or for private practice and study and be housed for periods of time at no cost to themselves. It includes the many visitors to the vihara, from tourists and art students to newcomers to Buddhism who can enjoy and be inspired by some of the best Buddhist art and architecture in the country and come away knowing more about Burma and its culture. And it includes those who enjoy visiting, picknicking, attending festivals, sitting and walking in a setting both beautiful and wholesome for adults and children alike. Sitagu Vihara moreover stands as an oasis, a place of peace and force for good in a troubled and turbulent world. Casual visitors and neighbors and even people that read about us in the newspaper are glad we are here.
Sitagu Buddha Vihara is indeed a fertile field of merit because it brings great benefit in fullfilling its mission of supporting and propogating the Buddha sasana in America.
How to DonateThese are some of the ways in which donations can be made:
- Donate to the Sangha. These are the most intimate kinds of
donations and generally bring great joy to the donors. Similar
donations to any resident nuns, though in Burmese tradition not
technically part of the Sangha, are also certainly appropriate.
- Donate a meal. This is an established tradition in much of Buddhist Asia and involves a simple ceremony. Generally lunch is provided by local families on a weekly rotating basis. However other many families like to donate a meal for a special event like a birthday or a new birth. Please contact the abbot to make arrangements. Note that the sangha must eat before noon; generally it eats at 11:30 at the Vihara.
- Donate another need. Robes are traditionally offered at Waso or
Katthina (see Events). Other material
offerings, for instance tooth
paste or socks, can be made at any time to individual monks. Because
most people will not know the specific material needs of a monk, nor
what might be appropriate, small cash donations have become common. See
page for how to make a cash offering.
- Donate to the Monastery. This is a large ongoing opportunity for
- Donate to a specific fund. Often a donor takes a particular
interest in a particular need of the monsastery, for instance in
expanding our library holdings. At any one time generally one or more
funding campaigns are underway, for instance, to make a repair or
develop new facilities. These are generally announced in our news
Donating to a specific fund engages the donor directly in shaping the
future of the Vihara according to the donor's values
- Donate without earmarking. This is simplest form of donation
but provides support for a wide variety of ongoing and essential needs.