Join the Sangha

Our members are important to us. Joining the sangha means that you value our offering — Buddhist practice in an intimate setting that is accessible and welcoming. Our mission is to integrate traditional Zen practice into the fabric of modern life, to reconnect with our bodies, one another, 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 guidelines that include respect towards of one another.

We are completely supported by your donations and retreat fees. 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 meetings with senior students to help orient them to practice with our community.