Anyone who supports Great Wave’s mission may become a member.
Membership generally means that one wishes to provide regular financial support for Great Wave. (As a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Great Wave is entirely dependent on its members’ donations to meet its on-going financial obligations.) Below, we outline four levels of membership in the Great Wave Zen Sangha and the current monthly donation amount . (If you are on disability or have other financially extenuating circumstances, however, please click here.)
*Sustaining Membership ($50+ per month). This special membership category is for anyone who is deemed qualified for membership under the terms established by the Board of Directors and who pledges a regular annual donation amount greater than that established for practicing members. Sustaining members receive the same benefits as practicing members.
*Practicing Membership ($50 per month). This membership category is for anyone who will be practicing zazen with the Sangha on a regular, weekly basis. Practicing members receive a discounted rate for sesshin and some other retreat events.
*Affiliate Membership ($30 per month). This membership category is for Sangha members who live at a greater distance from Great Wave Zen Sangha and who are unable to attend weekly meetings on a regular basis. Affiliate members receive a discounted rate for sesshin and some other retreat events.
*Friend of The Great Wave Zen Sangha ($5 per month). This membership category is for anyone who wishes to support the Sangha and receive newsletters and special communications, but attends Sangha activities infrequently.
Becoming a member of Great Wave carries with it both practical and spiritual benefits which include
*Eligibility to attend GWZS Board meetings;
*Discounts on almost all events (for Sustaining, Practicing, and Affiliate Membership levels of support);
*Streaming Dharma talks by Gendo Sensei;
*Increased access to private teachings;
*Skype Daisan (private interview) opportunities with Gendo Sensei (additional conditions apply); and
*Reduced tuition at the future Great Wave College.
To become a member, you will need to complete our online membership form and set up your monthly donation. (The easiest way to do this is to use the PayPal buttons that appear after the membership form is completed. Alternatively, you may make donations via your financial institution’s bill-paying service. (For more details about this, please speak with a Board member at the Center.) Finally, you may send checks or money orders payable to Great Wave Zen Sangha to
315 N. Rath
Ludington, MI 49431
We sincerely thank you for your support of Great Wave Zen Sangha!