I try to raise my income from donations - it frees my motive for teaching. I send out a fund raising letter each autumn. I have a page on Justgiving.com where the Triratna Charity collects dana and transfers it to me.
In this year's appeal, I've had to consider that the move to London has proved costlier than I thought. So the target for 2012 has gone up - I'm hoping to raise £9,000, which will cover my rent, council tax, food, bills, clothes, teeth, glasses and travel. Note that the 'raised so far' figure includes supporters standing orders & dana from centres.
Here's the blurb from the Justgiving page: "Since my ordination at age 24, I have spent my life helping establish Sangharakshita's approach to Buddhism in the UK and other parts of the world. I have been especially associated with meditation teaching and practice. As I get older I want to live on retreat, take my Dharma practice further, and teach. I'll be 63 in April 2012 and ... I don't want to waste the time I have left!
It feels very good indeed to be based in London. Here I can work for the needs of the Order and movement, writing, leading retreats, offering talks and study seminars, being a friend and working as a public preceptor. Since I've been back in the UK I have totally rewritten my meditation book, to be published in April 2012 under a new title: Buddhist Meditation: Tranquillity, Imagination & Insight. It will be available in print and eBook versions. Over the autumn I start work on a book on the Elements, which could be finished by the Spring.
The rest of the year will be taken up with leading retreats and other events.
I have also set up a new website, Dharmadoor.org which showcases my approach to Buddhism and give various ways to connect with the Dharma and with me personally. Please have a look at Dharma Door - there's a lot of new material on there."
Your generosity enables me to work for free and to share what I want to do in the movement. It also allows the places I work to raise more for their projects.
Could you help support me?
All good wishes for the coming year, Kamalashila