Finances

Dhamma Aloka

According to the tradition of pure Dhamma, courses are run solely on a donation basis. Having completed a Vipassana course, you naturally wish to share with others the benefits that you have received. Giving dana in this way builds one’s qualities of selflessness and generosity and helps the centre to continue offering courses.

People have different means, but even a small donation reflects your desire to help someone else to learn Dhamma. These donations from students are the only source of funding for Vipassana courses in this tradition. There is no wealthy foundation or individual sponsoring the centre. Neither the teachers nor the trustees receive any payment for their service. Thus, the spread of Dhamma is carried out with purity of purpose, free from any commercialism.

How to donate

There are a number of ways to give dana (donate) to the Vipassana Meditation Centre Vic:

  • Bank transferyou can donate directly from your bank account by setting up a transfer using online banking or in a branch. This can be done as a one-off donation or set up as a regular donation (e.g. monthly). Online donations are usually fee-free.
  • Cheque or money order mail a cheque or money order for `Vipassana Meditation Centre Victoria` to VMC Victoria PO Box 11, Woori Yallock, Vic, 3139. Specify whether the donation is for the centre”s general fund or building fund.
  • Credit cardyou can authorise the treasurer to charge your credit card for a one-off donation or to set up a regular monthly donation. Bank fees of approximately 1.1% of the donation amount are charged to the centre for credit card transactions. Contact the center to be sent a donation pledge form. Print and complete the donation pledge form and send to the centre to initiate a credit card donation.
  • Loansinterest-free or low-interest loans can be made to the centre. These loans usually support the building program at the centre or can be used to offset existing loan interest costs. Contact the treasurer to discuss options, terms and conditions.
  • Charitable bequestyou can make a donation to the centre in your will. Contact the treasurer for more information.

Donations can be made to the General Fund or the Building Fund. The General Fund is the default fund which covers most of the operating costs of the centre, including course expenses. The Building Fund is used to fund new buildings and for building maintenance. Donations to the Building Fund are tax-deductible for the donor for Australian income tax purposes.

Bank transfer
To make a donation directly from your bank account to the centre via online banking or in a branch, you need the details below for one of the centre’s accounts. Please also email the centre with your details and the donation amount, so a receipt can be issued.

General Fund
Account name: Vipassana Trust Vic General Fund
BSB: 633000
Account number: 121967244

Building Fund
Account name: Vipassana Trust Vic Building Fund
BSB: 633000
Account number: 123234411

Contact
If you have any queries about donations or centre finances, please contact:

The Treasurer, Vipassana Centre Vic
PO Box 11 Woori Yallock, Vic, 3139;
or leave a message at the centre on T. 03 5961 5722; or email: info@aloka.dhamma.org