Shared Mystical Truth. Although the world's great religious traditions have obvious outer (or exoteric) differences, one of our goals is to demonstrate that they also share an inner (or esoteric) Truth testified to by their mystics.
New Sacred Worldview. We are also working to lay the foundations for a new worldview in which the Truth realized by the mystics and the truths of modern science can be seen as compatible ways of understanding the same underlying Reality.
Community of Practitioners. To help individual seekers, we maintain a community of spiritual practitioners who wish to follow the teachings and practices of the mystics of all the great traditions, presented in generic, contemporary terms.
The Way of Selflessness: A Practical Guide to Enlightenment Based on the Teachings of the World's Great Mystics by Joel Morwood
"A spiritual treasure." – Huston Smith
The Center for Sacred Sciences is a non-profit spiritual organization based in Eugene, Oregon, USA, where most of its programs are held. Teachings provided on the Center's website and during Sunday public services are all made available to the public free of charge. There are no financial barriers to participation in Center programs. The Center relies primarily on volunteer labor to conduct its programs, and on donations and membership dues to meet operating expenses. A summary of Center expenses and income is available on our website.
If you would like to support the Center programs and services, any donation is greatly appreciated. The Center for Sacred Sciences is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and any contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contributions to support our services may be made by check and sent to our mailing address, or made securely online using the buttons below.
Click a green button below to donate specifically to our retreat scholarship fund, helping practitioners attend meditation retreats, our building fund, which supports the purchase of our permanent home (click here to see our progress paying off our building loan), or our library acquisition fund, helping expand the books, audios, and videos available in our lending library:
Click the orange button below to make a general donation supporting our services (not intended for member dues):
The Center also welcomes donations of used books of any kind, or new books you may select from the Center Library's Top Wished For Items at Amazon.com.
Or, simply by following this link to Amazon.com, a portion of the sale of any item you purchase for yourself will help the Center add books to our lending library.
Former practitioner members who wish to continue supporting the Center but are unable or choose not to attend the practitioners group can become supporting members of the Center.
New Members - Foundation Studies
Most new members join the Center when then sign up for the Foundation Studies Class which is a year-long course held in Eugene, Oregon.
New Members - Distance Studies
If you are unable to attend the Foundation Studies Course, you can join the Center at the time of registering for the distance studies course.
What is a Bequest? A Bequest to the Center is a statement made in your Will directing that a gift be made to the Center upon your death. The gift could be, for example, a specific amount of money, a specific account or portion thereof, or a residual portion of your estate after other distributions have been made. This method of giving to the Center allows you to retain full control and use of your assets during your lifetime, and gives you the satisfaction of knowing that after your death your assets will be used to benefit others by supporting the mission of the Center. Large or small, your bequest can make a difference. Also, your gift to CSS qualifies as a charitable deduction for estate tax purposes.
CSS Bequest Acceptance Policy. To ensure that CSS will be able to accept your bequest, please do not restrict the use of your bequest to particular purposes or include in your bequest assets that may be difficult to administer or unsuitable for serving the CSS mission. Restricted gifts with specific limitations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Only those bequests which are in conformity with the needs of the Center for Sacred Sciences will be accepted. The Center for Sacred Sciences reserves the right to refuse any gift which is judged to be inconsistent with the Center's needs or for which the Center's resources are too limited to properly administer. Official acceptance of all bequests will be made by the CSS board of directors.
How to Make Your Bequest. It is recommended that you consult with an attorney regarding the preparation of your Will.
Preparing your own basic Will is quite simple and affordable using various online Will writing services. The following services, which are not endorsed by the Center for Sacred Sciences, may be suitable for your needs:
The following are examples of bequest clauses that could be customized and included in a Will to make a gift to the Center. These are included here for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be taken as legal advice.