1)  Donate Online

2)  A donation box is located near the door. If you are donating towards membership please make sure to use an envelope and put your name on it indicating the offering is to go towards membership.

3)  Hills Bank customers –Direct Deposit available

4)  Mail your donation to:
Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa
P.O. Box 5352
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Suggested Donation Levels for Membership

We welcome recurring membership donations starting from $25 a month, going up to $100 a month. ($300 to $1200 annually)  Your offering, whatever amount you’re able to give, is deeply appreciated.


In line with Tibetan Buddhist tradition, we honor and support our esteemed teachers by offering financial contributions. Just as you generously support the Dharma Center, we kindly invite you to contribute to our 2024 Teaching Fund. Your donation will directly aid in bringing spiritual guidance and authentic teachings from highly qualified Tibetan lamas to Iowa. From this fund we will make offerings to Khenpo Tamphel and other teachers who will visit Iowa City both virtually and in person in 2024.

The Tradition of Generosity

The Garchen Mila Buddhist Center proudly continues the 2600-year-old Buddhist tradition of offering our weekly meditation and discussion sessions without any fees. Run entirely by dedicated volunteers, our center operates through the kindness of our members, enabling us to provide most sessions to the community at no cost.

For those attending the Center regularly, we invite you to join as members and contribute to sustaining our programs. For occasional visitors, a modest donation for the day or month is greatly appreciated to support our efforts.

Every donation, regardless of size, significantly influences our ability to sustain our essential operations and share the profound teachings of Tibetan Buddhism with our community. Join us in nurturing this invaluable tradition by becoming a member today.

Monthly Expenses

rent:  $617
administrative costs: $275 (include web & email hosting, internet, insurance, USPS box, accounting software, phone)

Total Monthly Costs:   $892

Alternatives to Financial Contribution

No-one will be turned away as a participant or  sangha member due to the inability to make a financial contribution.  If you find  attend the center on a regular basis, please consider making a donation of volunteer time.  For more information contact us at:

 Non-profit Status

Garchen Mila Buddhist Center is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with church status. We are registered with the state of Iowa as Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa and your tax deductions should be noted under our registered name.