The Free Bodhi Fund

Seeking seed money to employ a business manager for Wildmind so we can free Bodhipaksa up to write, create, and benefit more people by teaching meditation.
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Bodhipaksa Sering
Religion
NEWMARKET, New Hampshire
United States
2 Team Members

My goal in starting Wildmind was to have a significant impact on western culture by making meditation instruction more widely available. We’re getting there, but there’s much more to do.

Bodhipaksa

I’m Bodhipaksa, and I teach meditation and Buddhism. The thing I love more than anything else in life, and which brings me the most joy, is seeing people become happier as they learn meditation.

I run Wildmind (http://www.wildmind.org), an extensive website that offers free structured guides to meditation, and includes a blog that offers news, reviews, and advice on meditation practice. I also spend a lot of time communicating with people who are learning to meditate and learning to bring mindfulness and compassion into their lives. I post guided meditations on Youtube. And when I can find the time I write books and record guided meditation CDs, and MP3s.

I feel blessed to be able to help people in this way – but it’s hard to find the time. I end up doing office management, graphic design, audio editing, video editing, program planning, publicity, photography(!), postings on social media, web design, computer maintenance, publicity, etc. What I need in order to free up my time is more help in the office. I need a business manager.

Enter, Mark!

We’ve found a great guy, Mark Tillotson, who’s already done a few days of work at Wildmind. Collaborating with Mark has been amazing. He’s bright, creative, and detail-oriented. Together we’ve already developed some exciting plans for Wildmind's teaching activities for next year, and he’s been able to help clear some work off of my “to-do” list that’s been hanging around for months. Mark would make an ideal business manager.

Once Mark is able to work full-time with Wildmind his contribution will help free me up so that I can do more: lead more retreats, write more blog posts, turn my writing into books, and record more meditations. And those things will help Wildmind benefit even more people.

But we run Wildmind on a shoestring and at the moment we can’t afford to employ Mark for more than a few hours a week. It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation.

What We Need and What You Get

So we’re aiming to raise $22,000 so that we can cover Mark’s wages and payroll expenses for those first crucial months until his contribution to Wildmind has become financially self-sustaining. We live frugally here at Wildmind, so $22,000 will be enough to support Mark for six months.

Mark will help me to be much more productive. And that’s going to help make the world a more mindful and compassionate place.

We have some great perks for our supporters. For example, for a donation of $5 you get a coupon for $5-worth of MP3s; for a donation of $108 I will be your guide on a four-week online meditation course; and for a $1000 donation you get a whole package of benefits that includes access to eight online meditation courses through our Life Member Program plus two hours of personal meditation coaching from me (using either Skype or a Google+ Hangout).

The Impact

We already achieve a lot at Wildmind. For example, more than 1.5 million people come to our website each year to learn to meditate or to deepen their practice. But can you imagine the benefit to the world if that was 15 million people a year? Our most popular blog post has been read by more than a quarter of a million people. But imagine if that was two or three million?  Earlier in 2013 I wrote 90,000 words on the practice of Lovingkindness meditation and posted them on our blog. (You can see the results on our 100 Days of Lovingkindness page.) Wouldn’t it be great to have that available as a book? As an audiobook? As a smartphone app? There’s a lot of potential, but I need your help in order to make these things happen.

My goal in starting Wildmind was to have a significant impact on western culture by making meditation instruction more widely available. We’re getting there, but there’s much more to do. 

Other Ways to Help

Please use the Indiegogo share tools, and share our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, etc. It helps enormously if we can get the message out to more people.

Thank you!

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$23,053USD
raised by 321 people in 2 months
105% funded
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$22,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on January 3, 2014
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  • $5USD
    $7 of guided meditation MP3s

    We'll send you a $7 coupon for our store, which you can use to download Bodhipaksa's guided meditation MP3s.

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $15USD
    $25 of guided meditation MP3s

    We'll send you a $25 coupon for our store, which you can use to download Bodhipaksa's guided meditation MP3s.

    83 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $25USD
    NEW! $40 of meditation MP3s

    We'll send you a $40 coupon for our store, which you can use to download Bodhipaksa's guided meditation MP3s.

    12 claimed
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  • $50USD
    Set of 4 guided meditation CDs

    A set of four guided meditation CDs by Bodhipaksa: Guided Meditations, Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction, Guided Meditations for Busy People, Mindfulness Meditations for Teens.

    13 claimed
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  • $250USD
    Wildmind Life Membership + CD

    Wildmind's Life Membership Program gives you access to the course materials from eight online meditation courses, which include readings and guided meditation MP3s. You can also choose one of Bodhipaksa's guided meditation CDs.

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    Life Membership + Coaching

    Wildmind's Life Membership program gives you access to the course materials from eight online meditation courses, which include readings and guided meditation MP3s. You will also receive two hours of one-on-one meditation coaching from Bodhipaksa, either on Skype on in a Google+ Hangout.

    1 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Life Membership + Coaching

    Wildmind's Life Membership program gives you access to the course materials from eight online meditation courses, which include readings and guided meditation MP3s. You will also receive four hours of one-on-one meditation coaching from Bodhipaksa, either on Skype on in a Google+ Hangout.

    1 out of 10 claimed
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  • $5,000USD
    Bountiful good karma

    "Just as it is not easy to take the measure of the great ocean ... in the same way, it is not easy to take the measure of the merit of a donation..." –The Buddha

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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