Unfettered.net is committed to delivering quality, non-trivial content that is beholden to no sponsor, on a semi-regular basis. As such, any donation to this site will, first and foremost, be in support of free expression and free inquiry. Secondly, donations will support the ongoing cultivation of dialog in regard to the specific content topics found on Unfettered.net.
Every dollar donated to Unfettered will go first towards the (relatively low) operational costs of the site. These costs include server time, the maintenance time I put into it, and my own personal time researching and preparing the content. These costs are not huge, but nor are they trivial. They are real, and the easier it is to cover them, the more quality content I will be able to deliver.
If the donation bank gets full enough, it is my intention to use these funds to finance an extended intensive meditation retreat. It's not uncommon to find some retreats set up to last one to three months, and some can last up to three years for the more serious practitioner. Having experienced multiple 10 day intensive retreats, I would like to explore a one to three month duration, and take it from there. Far from being vacation time, these retreats are quite difficult, requiring strong determination and resolve. The result is a better version of me, one which I can put to better use to serve, to make the world a better place to be. I want to deepen my practice and meditation, for that I need an extended retreat, and for that I need your help.
By donating to Unfettered, you're taking an opportunity to practice dana, the cultivation of true generosity. The spirit of giving and letting go. In the Buddhist world view this is understood to be one of the great perfections that, once mastered and developed to the fullest, will raise one up to Buddha-hood. I invite you to view this page is the equivalent of a digital begging bowl. If you have gained in some way from the content here and would like to give, please understand that I will truly appreciate your generosity, and you will be helping me get one step closer to retreat.
This donation page operates using PayPal's Secure Payment System, so no information is collected by this site. As a matter of fact, when you click the link, you'll leave Unfettered.net and go right to PayPal. If you have any questions about that, or the retreat, or anything on this site, please feel free to use the contact link above.
Josh Panter, BSW