Membership

Still Mind Zendo is a totally self-sustaining sangha. Membership dues and donations are our sole means of support.

We invite you to further your commitment to Zen practice by becoming a member and supporting the zendo that creates the structure for your practice to develop.

Membership Benefits

  • Donation waiver for all scheduled sittings
  • Discounted fees for retreats and workshops
  • One-to-one meetings with the teachers (available to members only)
  • Access to audio dharma talks online (available to members only)
  • First preference for week sesshin registration
  • Access to the zendo’s book and video library
  • Use of zendo for private sitting
  • Dues are tax deductible

Membership Rates

Payments can be made in full or on a quarterly basis.
 For those who join after the September-August year 
has begun, the dues are pro-rated.

Annual Membership (September 1-August 31):

Two tiers (please choose one):

  • $850 Supporting membership  ($215 quarterly)
  • $750 Basic membership ($190 quarterly)
  • Full payment due: September 30
  • Quarterly payments due: September 30, November 30, February 28, May 31

Two-month Trial Membership: $25
A trial membership of $25 is offered for newcomers to our sangha. Trial members receive all the benefits of Membership during this trial period. If at the end of the two-month period you wish to become a member, the $25 will be deducted from your dues.

Full-time Academic Student Membership: 50% off
If you are currently a full-time academic student, membership dues at Still Mind Zendo are reduced by half.  (Not applicable to Two-month Trial Membership.)

Long-Distance Membership: $600
For members who do not live close to New York City and therefore cannot attend sittings regularly:

  • Full payment due: September 30
  • Quarterly payments ($150 each): September 30, November 30, February 28, May 31

Membership forms: Available at the zendo or you can click here for a printable version: SMZ_membership

Make checks payable to Still Mind Zendo. Please mark DUES on the check and mail to: Still Mind Zendo, 37 W. 17th St., 6th floor, New York, NY, 10011

Dana for Our Teachers:

In order to keep our dues as low as possible, our two teachers have waived receiving a salary, depending solely on the ancient Buddhist custom of dana – free giving.

If you would like to show your appreciation to our teachers, you may add a free-will dana offering to your membership dues – either to your annual payment in full or to your quarterly payments. You may also put your offering in the Dana Box at the zendo or send it in any time during the year, clearly marking “dana” on the check.

Our operating expenses are high, primarily due to the commercial rent for our centrally located space in Manhattan.

Please consider making an additional contribution when you become an SMZ member.