The Monastery Store and Dharma Communications' mission is twofold:
I. To provide a training ground for work practice and right livelihood for Monastery residents and volunteers,
II. To offer finely crafted products that support and inspire your spiritual practice and have a low impact on the environment.
One of the most pressing concerns we currently face as a business is corporate social responsibility. We know that it's not enough to offer high quality products and services at affordable prices—we must do so with full knowledge of how each of these are made, under what conditions, and how they affect our environment.
Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, argues that since every manufactured product comes with a cost that exceeds its price, there is no such thing as a sustainable business—only a responsible one. That's what we're trying to be, and we welcome your participation in this necessary process.
We look forward to hearing your concerns about anything and everything regarding our business. We've pledged to minimize our carbon footprint and invite you to hold us accountable when we fall short. Call us with ideas, suggestions or questions about the source of any of our products.
Thank you for helping us to become ever more responsible stewards of this great earth, and as always, thank you for your support and your practice.