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We invite you to become a member of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. Our purpose is to offer Soto Zen meditation practice and its basic teachings to people of all religious faiths. The practice of meditation allows us to see beyond our one-sided perception of ourselves and the world, so that we are able to participate in society with clarity and peace. We are a lay residential practice center and a non-profit organization relying on membership dues, guest practice programs, Zen programs and contributions to sustain our operating cost.

group photoFour categories of membership: Sustaining membership and Practicing membership are for those who are supportive of the Zen Center, want to strengthen their meditation practice by attending our Saturday Community practice and sesshins as much as possible, interested in receiving precepts the third year, want to partake in zendo practice positions and wish to help in our activities whenever possible. This includes committed practitioners from out-of-state. General membership is for those who enjoy the Saturday Community practice, Study Groups, who want to attend any upcoming programs, workshops or events and want to be part of the larger Sangha of practitioners. Supporting membership is for those who wish to support the Zen Center but who may live out of this area or whose lives may not allow them to actively practice here now.

Sustaining, Practicing and General members receive our quarterly newsletter Mountain Wind, attend Saturday Community practice free of charge, have access to Zen books and tapes in our library, receive a 10% discount at the Zen Dust store as well as considerable discounts on all our Zen programs. To deepen their practice, Roshi encourages members to join us for early morning and/or evening meditation Tuesday through Saturday.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES & BENEFITS

Sustaining Membership
Individual Dues - $60 month/$720 annually
*Family Dues - $90 month/$1080 annually
Benefits:
1 day free sesshin per year
Free - All Friday overnight stays to attend the Saturday Community Practice Quarterly Mountain Wind Newsletter
15% discount at the Zen Dust store
Access to the Zen Center’s Library
Receive all mailings

Practicing Membership
Individual Dues - $40 month/ $480 annually *Family Dues - $60 month/$720 annually
Benefits:
Free - All Friday overnight stays to attend the Saturday Community Practice Quarterly Mountain Wind Newsletter
10% discount at the Zen Dust store
Access to the Zen Center’s Library
Receive all mailings

General Membership
Individual Dues - $25 month/$300 annually *Family Dues - $38 month/$456 annually
Benefits:
Free - All Friday overnight stays to attend the Saturday Community Practice Quarterly Mountain Wind Newsletter
10% discount at the Zen Dust store
Access to Zen Center Library
Receive all mailings

Supporting Membership
Individual Dues - $15 month/$180 annually *Family Dues - $23 month/$276 annually
Benefits:
Free - 4 Friday overnight stays to attend the Saturday Community Practice Quarterly Mountain Wind Newsletter
10% discount at the Zen Dust store
Access to Zen Center’s Library
Receive all mailings
* Family - 2 adults & 2 children

Practice Program and Study Group Benefits


Membership Categories

Sesshins, Ango, Guest Stay

Study Group

Saturday Program

Sustaining

$40 per day

$50

Free

Practicing

$45 per day

$55

Free

General

$55 per day

$60

Free

Supporting

$60 per day

$60

4 Free

Non-Members

$65 per day

$65

$10


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LINKS

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa CA 95404
(707).545.8105
smzc@smzc.net