Talking about support of course also means talking about donations. Let’s take a short moment to reflect on this topic and how it is encouraged on the Buddhist path. Rinpoche explained the importance of generosity beautifully in Khyentse Foundation’s annual report 2011:
There is a reason why, when we learn the six paramitas, generosity always comes first. As human beings we are so impatient, we want instant gratification, instant happiness, instant results. We often hear that if you are generous, in the future you will be rich. But that’s just a very simplistic way of explaining things. If you really think deeply about the practice of generosity, you see that it not only causes future happiness, the practice itself is instant happiness. When young children are asked to give something, they give it with such joy—giving is part of who we are. Even though many of us may have hidden agendas when we give presents, still the act of giving can bring so much joy and satisfaction.
Although fundraising is not a priority for SI Europe, we do feel it is important for the sangha to have opportunities to accumulate merit through generosity, which is the first of the six perfections (six paramitas). The organizing committee of SI Europe will request the sangha for support from time to time in order to make projects based on Rinpoche's vision become a reality. Thus, it will depend on all of us, our contribution, and our generosity to set up seminars, online Tsoks, regularly update the website, or on much larger scale, to also hold events with Rinpoche in Europe.
We will at all times keep our financial activities as transparent and clear as possible.