"The feeling of wanting to give or share is often the first manifestation of the spiritual life."


As we stay in place and limit our contact with the outside world, it is hard not to see the economic damage that the pandemic has wrought worldwide and locally. Unemployment is rising and many people are unsure how they will stay housed and fed. Buddhist practice helps us witness and empathize with suffering, and assist where we can.
Food banks throughout Puget Sound are facing a daunting increase in demand, and an increasingly limited supply. We can help, even in this time of social distancing. One way is to donate what money you can afford to the Northwest Harvest, an umbrella organization that assists food banks locally and throughout Washington.
We understand that giving money can feel a little impersonal: perhaps consider your offering as an extension of yourself,  the effort it took you to earn it now directed to a worthwhile concern. Even if it is only a few dollars, it will do someone, perhaps several people, some good. Thanks for considering this.

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Donations are tax deductible. We are registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 91-1442539).

Help Support the Seattle Buddhist Center

What our center has to offer is the Buddha’s teachings, meditation and our sangha. Our aim is to inspire a culture of generosity that will pervade the community. We are self-supported by individual contributions with no central funding.

Through giving, we learn to transcend ourselves and respond to the needs of others. If you value what is offered, you will hopefully be inspired to help us to offer that gift to others. All fees and donations pay for operating costs. Please consider supporting the center by donating a tax-deductible gift, volunteering, and/or by purchasing items from our bookstore located in the center.

If you are already pledging or volunteering, sadhu! We are grateful, and appreciate your generosity.

Ways to Pledge a Donation

Be it large or small, one-time, or ongoing, give to the level of your ability; any amount helps. Monthly pledges are especially helpful as they enable us to budget more effectively. Last year pledges ranged from $30 to $250 per month. We accept the following types of financial donation:

  • EFT – Via bank
  • Check – Made out to the SBC, mail, or leave in dana bowl
  • Online – PayPal
  • Cash – Place in an envelope, leave in the dana bowl at the Center

If you would like to support the Center by other means, please consider volunteering or supporting our charity on

Shop on Amazon

When you shop for any of the things you love or need at, Amazon will donate a percentage of the purchases back to our charity.

Simply follow this link to start using; and set SBC as your charity of choice.


We are so appreciative for all the assistance provided by our volunteers! It is through the generosity of our community that our shrine is built, center is cleaned, bookstore and library maintained, and countless small and important details all ironed out. 

If you would like to find out how you can be involved, please contact us using the adjacent form.

"How can I help?"

Metta Network

The Seattle Buddhist Center is a community committed to the Buddhist principle of extending Metta – loving kindness – to all beings.  As part of this practice, we want to make sure that all people who follow the Buddhist path with our Sangha (the Pali word for “community”) have access to the support of other Sangha members when they’re going through challenging times, such as a serious illness or disability, or even just when they may need a helping hand with the logistics of life.  If you or someone you know could use or would appreciate some support, please email the Sangha at  Inquiries will be passed along to a dedicated Sangha member.