Many teachings of the Buddha begin with: “Thus have I heard; when the Buddha was staying at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove, near Shravasti.” The origins of the Anathapindika Monastery can be traced to a wealthy merchant and philanthropist who was inspired to build a refuge for the Buddha and his followers after hearing him teach. His generosity extended to orphans and the destitute, earning him the name Anathapindika, which means: one who gives alms to the poor.
Just as Anathapindika provided a refuge for the Buddha and his followers, your generosity has created a refuge for everyone who walks through our doors. It is a place where a sense of community and connection is felt. We have worked to build an inclusive, safe space where people are able to look deeply at their lives and hold their investigations with kindness. We are dedicated to alleviating suffering and helping everyone live with greater ease and well-being. As we look forward to our 10th anniversary in 2018, we invite you to help Against the Stream continue this calling by making a donation to our Anathapindika Campaign.
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