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.


Retreat Costs
Half-Day Retreats Zazenkai Extended Zazenkai Sesshin
Members $0 $30/night $40/night  $40/night
Non-Members $0 $30/night $60/night $60/night


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.

Privacy Policy

The Great Wave Zen Sangha does not collect users’ personally identifiable information (PII) without their consent.  When registering for a new account on this website, or for a Sangha event, or for membership in the Sangha, users are asked to provide certain kinds of information, including name, mailing address, email address, phone number, date of birth, 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, but not limited to, names, phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing addresses.  Users’ PII will never be shared with any third party for any reason, except in the case of a user’s serious injury or death; malicious misuse of this website or its server; and/or disruption of Sangha events and operations.  In such cases, PII will then only be shared with a user’s designated emergency contact(s); law enforcement agencies; and/or bona fide medical workers, as appropriate for particular circumstances.   Users are routinely urged to subscribe to this blog by providing an email address.  Great Wave Zen Sangha will never spam subscribers.  Nevertheless, if users are receiving unwanted email notices about upcoming events and other news, users may remove themselves from our mailing list at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any email.