EFZW Membership – Join
Our members are important to us. Renewing or joining the group means that you value the opportunities we offer — Buddhist practice in community in an intimate setting. We value an accessible welcoming sangha that integrates the Zen tradition into the fabric of modern life, and reconnects us with the earth and all its inhabitants. It is not necessary to become a Buddhist to be a supporting member of our group. We simply ask that members uphold the ethical treatment of one another while participating in the group.
We are completely supported by your donations. Monthly pledges help with ongoing operating expenses at our two practice locations and a teacher stipend. Although we suggest a basic member pledge of $40, there is no set financial amount for membership — please choose an amount that feels right for you. No one will be denied membership because of an inability to donate financially — service to the sangha is another means to contribute to the group. Most gatherings are open to everyone and membership is not required.
New members are invited to meet privately with the teacher to discuss their interest and prior experience with Buddhist practice. Members are eligible to attend sanzen (private meeting with the teacher) and register for Ango (fall and spring intensives). Members also become eligible to receive Buddhist precepts (Jukai) if interested. New members are given the option of connecting with a practice mentor to help orient them to practice with our community.