Warm Greetings Dear Sangha Member:
Right now, more than ever, the world is in need of the spiritual practices of non-harming, selfless compassion, and connection with community. Jack Kornfield states that “when greed is replaced by generosity, hatred is replaced by love, and ignorance is replaced by wisdom, we all thrive.” The Salida Sangha has been offering meditation practices that open the heart and expand our capacity for acknowledging our own suffering so that we have the courage and compassion to act to help others.
Since we have been unable to meet at the Sangha house, the owner, Roberta Smith, requested the rent payment of $650 be donated each month to support charities with a mission to serve those in need. The following is a list of those organizations: The Grainery Ministries, Chaffee County Community Foundation, Mindfulness in the Jail, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Full Circle Restorative Justice, San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center, Truth and Conciliation, and Chaffee County Hospitality, Inc. (homeless shelter). In December we will donate to our beloved teacher and spiritual guide, Brian Lesage. A total of $6,500 donated to support the needs of our community! Deep gratitude to Roberta and for the generous heart of our Sangha members.
This past year, our teacher, Brian Lesage, offered two weekend retreats and two dharma talks addressing the pressing issues of our time with the pandemic and offering powerful remedies for our individual and collective suffering. Brian has generously offered to continue his support and inspiration for our Sangha by leading a ten day retreat February 12 to 21, 2021.
Our Sunday evening sit offers refuge now, as it has for over 15 years. Twice a week we offer a time to settle into mindful awareness, open our hearts, and connect deeply with others on the path.
We offer several weekly classes (such as Beginning Meditation, Awakening Joy, and Interdependence) that help our members deepen their practice.
Our Caring Committee offers home-cooked, nourishing meals to Sangha members who are in need as a result of surgery, injury, sickness, or experiencing challenging circumstances.
Community Outreach. We provided financial management support for the Marijuana Excise Tax Advisory Board grant that funds the Mindfulness in the Jail program. We also provide a space for weekly Mindful Recovery meetings supporting those who struggle with substance or compulsion-based addictions.
We hope that you will consider supporting all the programs that we offer by making a pledge to the Salida Sangha. Supporting our Sangha is a way to support positive change in the world.
Pledges make up the foundation that enables us to establish budgets and plan for programs with confidence. Attached is a form that you can fill out and mail to PO Box 1420, Salida, CO, 81201, or email to email@example.com. Please fill one out even if you do not anticipate any change in your level of support as it helps with our budgeting decisions.
You can also make a one time gift or a monthly donation on our website by clicking the Donate button here: http://www.salidasangha.org/donate.html
On behalf of the Sangha Board and all the Sangha members, we extend our deep appreciation for your practice as we walk this path together finding ways to act with courage and compassion in the midst of difficult times. May the blessings of your generosity be of great benefit to ourselves and radiate to all beings.
With love, Your Sangha Board
Pledge Form for 2021
Salida Sangha, Inc.
PO Box 1420
Salida, CO 81201
Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Salida Sangha by making a pledge to help pay for the Sangha’s expenses. Your support as a caring donor will help to sustain this beautiful place of refuge. The expenses for the Sangha are detailed in the budget adopted at our annual meeting, and those details are shared freely with all members.
If, at any time, your circumstances change, you may modify your pledge with a simple communication.
There are several options for offering an ongoing pledge: a monthly, quarterly or annual check; or go to http://www.salidasangha.org/donate.html and click the DONATE button; you may set up a recurring monthly donation by debit or credit card through PayPal. Please contact the Sangha Board at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Pledge amounts are held in confidence by the Board Treasurer.
Yes, I pledge the following total annual amount _______________ to be paid in installments of_________________ each.
Method: (circle one) check or PayPal.
Frequency: (circle one) monthly, quarterly, annually (date of annual check)______________
(Please note that the Salida Sangha believes in the principles that dana is freely given, that membership does not depend on pledging, and that there are many ways to be a part of this community).
Salida Sangha, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. No substantial goods or services were provided for this donation. The Salida Sangha, Inc. tax ID is 47-2096018. You will receive a statement of your donation for the year with a notice that will be sent to you by the end of January.
We regret that our free Mailchimp account does not enable us to attach this pledge form as a Word document. In order to save a lot of money we request that you copy, paste and print the pledge form in order to mail it in. OR if you simply reply to this message we will be HAPPY to send you the Word document in a regular email for easier printing options!!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT