Service & Dana Opportunities

This page is intended as a virtual bulletin board to post the needs and "wish lists" of Buddhist centers and projects, as well as listing other opportunities for the practice/cultivation of dana and service. If you would like to place an announcement or hyperlink here, please use the online form or e-mail to Likewise, if a link or announcement here is outdated, please let us know.

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Tse Chen Ling always needs 90-minute cassette tapes, TDK or other high quality; self-adhesive 1st-class sŤ st; and tea candles. These can be dropped off at the center (Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, 4 Joost Avenue, San Francisco CA 94131), Wednesday-Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm., or at any teaching. We are grateful for any donations of these items. [29 Dec 98]
Maitri Outreach - Tse Chen Ling would like to continue its Maitri outreach program. There are members who regularly volunteer at Maitri Aids Hospice in San Francisco, sitting with patients, taking them places, and doing activities with them, but we need more volunteers if we are going to continue with the weekly meditation session. The time of the session can be rescheduled to meet the needs and schedules of volunteers. If you are interested in being a spiritual volunteer at Maitri, please call Deirdre at (510) 223-3041 or leave a message on the Tse Chen Ling voicemail at (415) 339-8002. [29 Dec 98]
Insight Mission Society is a non-profit organization of monks and laypeople dedicated to sharing the teachings of the Buddha and providing meditation instruction to all who wish to benefit from them. We work at this through service in the community with programs such as reading to children in the hospital, visiting the elderly, bringing meals to shut ins, teaching meditation to pain patients, providing adaptive computers to quadriplegics etc. We are currently in the process of establishing a center close to Phoenix, Az. with ample facilities for short or extended retreats. The center will be the home of IMS founders Bhante Chandrarathana and Bhante Pallabage Chandrasiri and Dhamma Metta temple. If you would like to contribute to this, please visit our website. [25 Oct 98]
Tibetan Refugee Children's Project - Thousands of Tibetan refugee children are undernourished, in body and mind. A few dollars can make a huge difference. Please send donations, payable to BPF, to: Buddhist Peace Fellowship, c/o Tyndalls, 88 Clarewood Lane, Oakland CA 94610. Every dollar you send goes to the children. [Source: Turning Wheel, Summer 98]
Help homeless women and children in need by donating personal care items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair brushes, combs, and hand lotion - to the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center in Berkeley CA. Volunteers are also needed to work with the women and children. For more information, please call 510/548-6933. [Source: Turning Wheel, Summer 1998]
SUPPORT HOMELESS PEOPLE: The Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless is seeking supporters for its new "Community of Compassion", a group of people underwriting monthly rent for the Haste Street Transitional House, which seeks to empower homeless adults in their move from the streets to permanent housing. This interfaith program involves homeless ppeople in counseling, volunteer work, job development and community living. For information, write: 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley CA 94704, or call 510/548-0551. [Source: Turning Wheel, Summer 1998].
Sponsor a young monk or nun in Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche's monasteries. Help preserve the dharma and culture of Tibet. The monk you sponsor will write you. Send $240/yr (tax-deductible) to Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling, 36 West 20th Street, New York NY 10011. [Source: Tricycle, Summer 1998]
PRISON SANGHAS need supplies for Buddhist practice and services.
  • Zen group in Ohio requests zafus, zabutons, study materials, bells, a mokugyo, malas, incense, robes, and a baby Buddha image. Send to Zen Buddhist Group, c/o Chaplain Tim Smith, Religious Services Department, North Central Correctional Institution, 670 Marion Williamsport Rd E, PO Box 1812, Marion OH 43301-1812.
  • Theravadin group in Michigan requests books, tapes, incense, robes, pictures or posters of Buddha, an altar cloth, and a visit from a bhikkhu. Contact: Richard L. Kaufman, #224865, Riverside Correctional Facility, 777 West Riverside Dr, Ionia MI 48846. [Source: Turning Wheel, Summer 1998]

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