Sheffield Buddhist Centre is run by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who work to bring the benefits of Buddhist practice to people in the Sheffield area. We are part of a worldwide Buddhist movement, the Triratna Buddhist Community which practices a type of Buddhism suitable for people living in the contemporary western world.
The Triratna Buddhist Community was started in 1968 by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who had practiced as a Buddhist monk in the East for 20 years before bringing Buddhism to the West. It is an non-sectarian movement, aligned to no one traditional school, but drawing on the whole stream of Buddhist inspiration.
DANA, GENEROSITY & PAYMENT
Generosity is of fundamental importance in Buddhism and the finances of the Centre are run on the basis of “dana”, which means generosity in the old Indian language, Pali. Our aim is to inspire a culture of generosity in the way we share Buddhist teachings.
We therefore only make a formal charge for our Yoga and Tai Chi classes. Other activities are offered on a dana basis – what you pay is left to your generosity. All Buddhism classes are offered free of charge, but of course, donations are very gratefully received, as we rely on the generosity of those who use the Centre to keep going.
Some people like to be given a guideline donation for courses, in which case we suggest £40 (waged) and £20 (unwaged) for a six-week introductory course, but this is entirely optional and you may feel that less, more, or nothing at all is more appropriate for you.
Any cheques should be payable to “Sheffield Buddhist Centre”. Regular attendees can choose to contribute by standing order – please contact us for more information.