The Great Wave Zen Sangha is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  Its mission is to perpetuate the teaching of the Buddha Dharma and seeks to provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability to receive this teaching through the practice of zazen (meditation), religious services, intensive training, daily life practice, the pursuit of relevant higher education, and instruction by a qualified teacher.  Anyone who supports this mission may become a member.

Membership generally means that one wishes to provide regular financial support for Great Wave in the form of dues.  (As a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Great Wave is entirely dependent on its members’ dues and donations to meet its ongoing financial obligations.)

Becoming a member of Great Wave carries with it both practical and spiritual benefits.  Below, we outline our membership categories and the current monthly dues amount.  (However, note that if disability or other financially extenuating circumstances prevent you from paying the standard amount, please click here for alternatives.)

Benefits of Membership


Friendship Member


Affiliate Member


Practicing Member


Sustaining Member


Newsletter      XXXXX
Online Talks      X  XXXX
Dokusan         XXXX
Discounts on EventsXX

The table below shows how a Practicing Membership can dramatically reduce the cost of retreats.1

Retreat Costs
Half-Day RetreatsZazenkaiExtended ZazenkaiSesshin
Members$0$30/night$40/night $40/night

In some cases, members may offer service in lieu of monetary dues.  Questions about this should be directed to Gendo Roshi.

Ready to join us?  Just complete the Membership Registration Form!

1 Our Costs page explains other details about which kinds of events at Great Wave request a fee.

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