The Great Wave Zen Sangha is organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit charity. Like most other such organizations, its ability to perpetuate the Buddha’s teaching is entirely dependent upon your generosity. Donations (known as dana in the Buddhist tradition) are therefore encouraged and gratefully received. While members of Great Wave commit to making regular monthly donations, non-members who practice at Great Wave need only cover the cost of retreats (which are shown in the table below).
Becoming a member of Great Wave provides a number of financial advantages, including a significant discount on retreats. You can learn more about membership categories on our membership page.
If you cannot afford to pay for retreat, you may still attend one. The Sangha will make every effort to ensure that no one will be denied access for financial reasons. For more information about this, please see our financial hardship page.
It is also possible to make a one-time donation to Great Wave. If you believe that our mission deserves support, we invite you to visit our Dana page.
We sincerely appreciate all that our many members and friends have done for us over the years.
The Great Wave Zen Sangha website never collects visitors’ personal information without their consent. When registering for a Sangha event, however, we do ask participants for certain kinds of information, including name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and when necessary, information to help provide accommodations for people with disabilities or dietary restrictions. Event registration forms also commonly collect emergency contact information including names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and relationship to the registrant. And, finally, the IP address and host names of registrants are collected. None of this information will ever be shared with any third party for any reason except in cases of serious injury or death, and then only with appropriate law enforcement agencies and/or bona fide medical workers. Contact information that you provide via our website’s forms will be used to provide you with news and announcements via email. If you wish not to receive such emails, you may be removed from our mailing list at any time by sending a request via our contact form.
What is Zen Buddhism?
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Buddhism is the religion based on the teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha, an Indian who experienced Great Awakening while seated under the Bodhi Tree and who devoted his life to teaching others about 2600 years ago. Though the Buddhist tradition today is vast and its outward expression varies from country to country, it nevertheless is quite consistent in its basic teaching: that all things in the universe are subject to change and that human suffering, dissatisfaction, or the sense that somehow life is unfulfilling or incomplete are all ultimately rooted in self-clinging and the greed, anger and ignorance it engenders. According to the Buddha, such self-clinging can be overcome through the development of the wisdom and compassion innately present in each of us.
Zen is a centuries-old form of the Buddhist tradition that originated in China and developed into its current forms in Korea, Japan, and
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Vietnam. In the 20th century, Zen spread around the world and is now one of the fastest growing religions in the west. Practically speaking, Zen helps people become more focused, centered, and more receptive. It helps them avoid being blinded by their own preconceptions of themselves and others. Zen can also help people practice another religious tradition more deeply. Though people practice Zen for many reasons, ultimately Zen practice is an expression of our fundamental completeness and wholeness as we are.