Donations and projects

Chenrezig Institute depends upon the generosity of its members and friends to help keep retreat costs down and ensure that the Dharma is accessible to all. Donations can also be made to the Dharma Centre to contribute to ongoing operational and maintenance expenses. If you’d like to support us, your donations are deeply appreciated. In Buddhism, monastic institutions are often supported by dāna. This is the practice of cultivating generosity which culminates in the perfection (pāramitā) of giving. It is highly valued as a spiritual practice, as it has the effect of purifying and transforming the mind of the giver and contributes to the well being of both giver and receiver.


Current donations






Our Wish List

Even if it’s something that seems unrealistic right now, when you have a dream, it’s worth putting it out there and seeing what comes back.

In the spirit of generosity, here is a list of things that we would find very useful (it changes regularly), and intend to make good use of in the service of the Dharma. If you happen have one or more of these items lying around un-used and in good condition at home which you would be happy to donate/transport here, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Big, expensive or just crazy-dream things:

  • 4X6 Trailer with cage
  • Electric chainsaw and brush cutter
  • Honda Industrial Generator petrol 6kVA to 14.5kVA
  • Outdoor seating sets
  • Electronic commercial kitchen digital scale, up to 15kg

Regularly needed:

  • Towels and tea towels (new please!)
  • Single linen sets, pillows, doonas/quilts (new please!)
  • Fresh flowers (drop off to staff at cafe or reception when we are open)
  • Enthusiastic, capable Volunteers.

If you or someone you know is planning to come here then that’s easy – if not, get in touch with us on and we can try to find a solution. We are open from Thursday to Sunday but have key staff here on closed days too so let us know if you need to get here Monday to Wednesday.


Some people choose to leave financial and other donations to the centre after their death. If you would like to bequeath something to Chenrezig Institute, here are some recommended clauses that you can add to your will – CI Bequest Clauses. Lama Zopa has also made some recommendations about how to write a Dharma will, so that it includes various beneficial spiritual practices. You can read this advice in the article on Dharma wills.




 Thank you for your support and taking the time to read this page!