enzo on wall (vertical)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, all-day sittings, and workshops
  • One-to-one meetings with the teachers
  • Access to audio dharma talks online
  • First preference for week sesshin registration
  • Access to the zendo's library
  • Use of zendo for private sitting
  • Membership dues are tax deductible

Membership Rates
Payments can be made in full or on a quarterly basis. For those who join after the September-to-August year has begun, the dues are pro-rated. Please e-mail registrar {a} for pro-rated amount.

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): Sept. 30, Dec. 31, March 31, June 30

Membership forms: Available at the zendo or print here: Membership form 2017-18

Make checks payable to: Still Mind Zendo. Please write DUES on the check and mail with your membership form to: Still Mind Zendo, 37 W. 17th St., 6th floor, New York, NY, 10011. You may also pay via PayPal by visiting this page (however, you still need to fill out and mail the membership form above).

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.