937-244-1961 | 113 S. Johnson Street #4 Iowa City, IA 52240 sangha@milarepaiowa.org

Garchen Mila Buddhist Center – Membership

Your Support is Needed!

In order to continue offering our activities, we need to have active involvement by all those who value having a Tibetan Buddhist Center in Iowa City.  In order to meet our monthly expenses of about $950 per month, we ask that you either make regular donations, or become a member of the Center.


The intention of the membership program is to create a strong community, to foster a sense of shared responsibility for supporting the Dharma and to encourage and support one another’s practice. Membership dues provide the center with a steady stream of income and will allow us to stabilize the center financially.

Membership Levels

  • Student & Senior Membership:                    $10 per month
  • Basic Membership:                                          $25 per month
  • Nurturing Membership:                                 $35 per month
  • Sustaining Membership:                                $50 per month
  • Enduring Membership:                                  $100 per month
  • Membership thru gifts of volunteer time (please contact us at sangha@milarepaiowa.org for details.)

Membership Rights

  • All members have voting rights.  Each year we will have a sangha meeting in  which members will have an opportunity to vote for board members.
  • Members are entitled to attend all weekly classes without making an additional donation.

How to Contribute

There are 3 contribution methods available:

1) Use our online donation method.

2) Put a check in our Donation Box

3) Hills Bank customers:  Direct Deposit available

 Non-profit Status

Garchen Mila Buddhist Center is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with church staus. All donations made to our organization are tax-deductible.  

*Please note that while we are doing business as Garchen Mila Buddhist Center – we are still registered with the state of Iowa as Milarepa Buddhist Center of Iowa and your tax deductions should be noted under our registered name. 

Alternatives to Financial Contribution

No-one will be turned away as a sangha member due to the inability to make a financial contribution at the levels listed above.  If your situation requires an alternative arrangement, please contact us.  We have work-study programs available for membership as well as partial payment plans. Scholarships for classes and other events are readily available. Please contact Ellen Marie at: sangha@milarepaiowa.org or text: 937-244-1961

Gifts or Contributions of Time

Of course, we also welcome and need contributions of your time as a volunteer!  Please let us know if you would be interested in helping with any of these areas: fundraising, special events, lama visits, children’s education, community service, instruction of yoga, tai chi or qigong or other energy modality.

The Milarepa Buddhist Center is registered as a non-profit religious organization with the State of Iowa. We are in the process of submitting our paperwork to become registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.





Monthly Expenses

Donation for 113 S. Johnson Street:  $500
Administrative Expenses: $200
Food and Stipend for Khenpo Thupsang:  $250
Total Monthly Costs:                           $950