Become a Member of the Boulder Shambhala Center

As a non-profit organization, the Boulder Shambhala Center depends on the generosity and commitment of its 540 dues-paying members. The average monthly dues pledge per individual is $32. In 2013, membership dues accounted for income that covered 37 percent of our operating expenses.

Becoming a member of the Boulder Shambhala Center is a way to express your personal appreciation for everything the Shambhala path offers to you and to help make it available for others. This includes manifesting a culture of kindness and offering volunteer and financial support as your circumstances permit. All contributions that you make serve to keep our doors open and our programs flourishing and accessible, which furthers the vision of creating an enlightened society.

Membership in the center is open to everyone, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or perceptual ability, income, or political, social or religious views and beliefs. See the instructions below to learn how to join, or you can contact Azia Abrahan-May at [email protected] or 303-444-0190, ext. 125.

Membership Information

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do. It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Contributing through membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center

Membership at the Boulder Shambhala Center involves three areas of engagement and support:

Individual Practice

Shambhala members engage regularly in meditation and contemplative practice and strive to integrate their practice into everyday life. Regular practice is the best way for all of us to support our Shambhala community, our world and ourselves.

Volunteer Service

Shambhala members offer volunteer service at the center according to their inspiration, talents and time. Volunteering puts our meditation into action and makes a vital contribution to our programs and events.

Providing Financial Support

Shambhala members contribute dues and donations to provide the center with a stable revenue base. The center relies on regular, recurring monthly dues to cover a significant portion of its operating costs and to help us budget responsibly. Giving is part of our practice of generosity.

Membership Resources

There are many benefits of becoming a member. Find out more about all of our Membership Resources.

Recommended Contributions

Our standard Membership Levels are listed below, where you can select your membership level. Everyone is welcome to become a member, regardless of finances! If you would like to become a member of Boulder Shambhala and are working with limited financial resources, please email [email protected] to talk about volunteer opportunities, reduced membership fees, and other ways of becoming a member. We will find what works for you; there is always a way to participate!

The Boulder Shambhala Center welcomes members to contribute monthly dues in any amount of their choice starting at $10 per individual. We offer the following recommendations as a general guide:

Monthly Membership Contribution Levels:

Level              Individuals                 Households (2+ people)
Tiger                $30-45                    $75
Lion                 $50-70                    $120
Garuda           $75-90                     $140
Dragon           $100-108                 $175
Windhorse     $125+

Monthly dues can be paid by automatic bank withdrawal or credit card. (Note: Paying by credit card means that 3-5% of your donation goes to the credit card company in fees.)

Please note that you can increase or decrease your monthly contributions at any time if your financial circumstances change. Annual or one-time donations are also greatly appreciated.

All financial contributions to the center are tax deductible. Tax receipts are provided annually.



How to Join and Donate

You can become a member and contribute dues or donations through any of the following simple means:

1. Contact the Membership Coordinator by calling 303-444-0190, ext. 125 or email [email protected].

2. Visit the center in person and fill out a membership form.

3. Create your own account to manage your donation amounts, see volunteer opportunities, and more! We encourage all new and existing members to set up their account here! 

3. Fill out our Online Membership Form.

This form allows you to sign up for membership and specify monthly donations through PayPal or with a credit card (for those that do not have or wish to use PayPal). Note that regular monthly donations can be changed or cancelled at any time through the PayPal site, using your personal PayPal account.

4. Also, consider contributing with a one-time donation. Visit our Donate page to learn more.

If you have questions or you wish to make a personal arrangement for dues and donations, please contact Azia Abrahan-May, the Membership Coordinator at email [email protected].

Welcome to the Boulder Shambhala Community!

Next, learn more about volunteering and program staffing at the center and see what may be of interest. Please contact the center to learn more or offer to assist.