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 RetreatsZazenkaiExtended ZazenkaiSesshin
Members$0$30/night$40/night $40/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

Consent to Collect PII

The Great Wave Zen Sangha does not collect your personally identifiable information (PII) without your consent.

What Kinds of PII We Collect

In general, when you create an account; register for a Sangha event; subscribe to news announcements published on this website; or apply for membership in the Sangha, you will be asked to provide certain kinds of PII, including your first and last names, mailing address, email address, phone number, date of birth, and if necessary, information to help provide you with accommodations for disabilities or dietary restrictions.  Event registration forms also collect emergency contact information including, but not limited to, first and last name, phone number, email address, and mailing address.  All PII is submitted through our web host’s secure server.  In addition, the web host’s server automatically collects the IP addresses of all users of this website.

How We Use PII and Other Information

This website uses cookies to store your IP address and to help provide you with a consistent experience when you are logged in to this website.  These cookies are not used to collect PII; to track your internet activity outside the scope of this website; or to target third party advertising.  Great Wave Zen Sangha will never use your PII to send you spam email.

Changing or Removing Your PII

You may edit all information in your membership profile at any time, except for your username.  If you need to change your username, please request assistance via our Contact form.  Subscriptions to news annoucement on this website can also be canceled at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any email that has been automatically sent to you as part of the subscription service.

Disclosure of PII to Third Parties

Your PII will never be disclosed to any third party, except in the case of serious injury or death; malicious misuse of this website or its server; and/or disruption of Sangha events and operations.  In the case of an emergency, your emergency contact’s PII may be shared with Great Wave Zen Sangha officers; law enforcement agencies; or bona fide medical workers, as appropriate for particular circumstances as solely determined by Great Wave Zen Sangha’s officers.  In the case of malicious use of this website or its server, your PII and IP address(es) may be shared with the web host and/or appropriate law enforcement agencies at the sole discretion of Great Wave Zen Sangha’s officers.  In the case of inappropriate disruption or intererence with Great Wave Zen Sangha’s events or operations, your PII and/or IP address(es) may be shared with the web host and/or appropriate law enforcement agencies.

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