"In the Buddhist tradition, teachings are given without charge, because they are considered priceless." (Learn more.) Similarly, Jesus commissions his disciples not to charge for their healing or teaching. (Matthew 10:9-10.) These were different cultures, and different circumstances, but I keep the principle alive through the concept of Dana.
As Jesus concludes his guidance, he says: "The worker is worth his keep." Likewise, the "first perfection" (Paramita) of Buddhism is Dana. The idea is that the teaching is a gift, and those who receive the gift and value it, will help sustain the teacher. But note that "Dana is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart."
When you enter my sanctuary, you are not entering into a financial transaction. If you value what you gain from me, consider the concept of Dana.
The offering of Dana should not be a sacrifice, and it should not burden your budget. Rather, it should be a gift that you can joyfully offer, even as you joyfully receive worshipful pleasure.
Despite all of the above, many people still want to know what it takes to keep the mission going! I subsist entirely upon the offerings of those who come to me. This includes an ongoing process of training and study to ensure that I am always bringing the best possible experience and wisdom to all seekers, as well as time to prepare myself and the sanctuary for you. In the new online scheduling system, I offer guidance around suggested donations—but please keep the "first perfection" in mind: this teaching and this healing is a gift, denied to none because of ability to pay.
Bearing in mind that not all who come to me can afford those kinds of gifts, I repeat: if (and only if) you find value in my service, I will accept whatever gift you can joyfully offer.