What Membership Means
Do you value what Bright Way Zen offers?
Click here to make a one-time donation, or consider supporting us through membership:
- By signing up as a member, you officially join our community, or Sangha. You say, “Here I am! I value Bright Way Zen and want it to continuing offering opportunities to practice and study Zen and build community.”
- Members pledge a regular a monthly, quarterly or annual donation that allows us to budget and plan. One-time donations are wonderful, but it’s difficult to depend on them to pay for covering bills and a salary for Domyo.
- Your commitment is a tangible source of energy for the Sangha.
- Members are eligible to vote for the directors on our Board, and if they take Jukai they can also serve on the Board.
How Much Does Membership Cost?
There is no set amount for membership. Below are Ideal Donations (please click here to read about Bright Way’s Fee Policy and the meaning of “Ideal Donation”):
$50-$100 a month (sliding scale based on income)
- you participate in Bright Way events in person
- you benefit from in-person Zen teachings offered at Bright Way
- you value belonging to the Bright Way Zen community
- you meet with Domyo one-on-one
$25 a month
- you want to support Bright Way but aren’t able to participate often
- you appreciate Domyo’s online meditation, blog posts, podcasts, and other website offerings from afar
- you are a senior, student, or otherwise on a limited income
Some people give more than this if they’re able because a membership pledge not only expresses gratitude for the benefits you receive from the Sangha, it invests in the organization’s growth and ensures it can serve everyone regardless of their financial situation.
No one will be denied membership because of an inability to donate financially.
If you want to be a member and can’t make the Ideal Donation, simply choose an amount that feels right for you. Please click here to read Bright Way Zen’s Fee Policy!
Our Dream of Developing Community
In this age of increasing isolation, materialism, and busyness, one of the most important things we can do is create, sustain, and participate in community. Bright Way Zen is a community. Right now we have 39 pledging members, about 50 people who participate regularly, and we offer meditation instruction to at least 10 brand-new people every month. We’re slowly but surely getting to know one another. We sit, study, and drink tea together. Over the years our community will grow and mature, and become one of the primary sources of connection and refuge for many of our members. We aren’t interested in growth for growth’s sake. However, we have several visions for the long term that will require the support of our Sangha, or community:
- We would like to occupy a beautiful space with a Zendo large enough to hold all of our members, sufficient parking, wheelchair access, a kitchen, dining room, and various meeting spaces. This would allow sangha members to gather on a daily basis for practice, work, socializing, and communal meals. Ideally it would also be a space where we could hold overnight retreats.
- We would like to own our space. Then sangha members could contribute by caring for and improving the space. We could make it suit our needs, and would also have a source of financial investment.
- We would like to support Domyo financially to the extent that she could work as Bright Way Zen’s priest full time – offering scheduled practice 5 days a week, preparing for teaching, developing programs, taking care of administration, offering one-to-one spiritual counseling, and being available for community members in times of need. Currently Domyo receives $400 a month and spends about 20 hours a week on Bright Way; she is able to do this because her husband is working, but he will be retiring within the next few years. It’s also important for the sangha to be able to pay for priest support long term because eventually Domyo will also need to retire, and the sangha will need to be able to recruit and support a new priest (think about the sangha lasting 100 years or more!).