Membership with Zen Open Circle

 

The Zen Open Circle is nourished and sustained by the diversity, generosity and commitment of our members.

If you practice with us regularly, or if you are inspired by the teachings of Roshi Susan Murphy, we encourage you to show your support by becoming a member.

Membership is open to all who wish to support and take part in Zen Open Circle activities, in a number of possible ways. The money you offer in response to this offer supports the following range of ZOC activities and costs:  

  • Rentals
  • Insurance
  • Website
  • Scholarships and part-scholarships for unwaged sesshin attendance
  • Set-up costs of sitting groups
  • Equipment such as meditation mats and cushions, kitchen equipment
  • Travel costs for our teacher
  • Printing
  • PayPal and banking fees

We offer two membership categories: 

  1. Full Membership
  2. Associate Membership 

 

Full Membership

This denotes a conscious commitment both to a teacher-student relationship with our teacher, Roshi Susan Murphy, and to the active participation in sangha life that naturally flows from regular practice in the ZOC community, ranging from weekly sitting groups in Sydney and interstate through to regular attendance in local sitting groups, at Sydney zazenkai where possible, and Cloud Mountain retreats and sesshin. Committing to Membership as fully as possible, according to your circumstances, is an important step in committing to a genuine practice.

Benefits:

  • Committed  teacher-student relationship
  • Strong sense of sangha engagement and participation
  • Access to dokusan (one-on-one interviews with the teacher, at zazenkai, retreats and over the phone)
  • Reduced rates for all ZOC events, including sesshin.
  • Participation in the Digital Dojo
  • Opportunity for private retreats at Cloud Mountain.
  • Access to the Rains Retreat online forum
  • Election to office-bearing roles in ZOC leadership and decision-making
  • Voting rights in sangha meetings, ZOC decision making and the ratification of financial decisions that steer community life.

Cost:

Full members are asked to make an annual financial offering, renewed at the end of each year, selected from the following sliding scale according to your means:  $100 – $300

Click here to apply for Full Membership

Associate Membership

If you would like to contribute to ZOC activities and be directly involved from time to time, but your life circumstances limit your full participation, you are warmly invited to become an Associate Member.

Note: It is necessary to take out an Associate Membership (if you are not already a Member) in order to attend ZOC Retreats and Sesshin, for insurance-cover purposes.

Associate Membership benefits:

  • Access to all ZOC teaching events in Sydney and Cloud Mountain, including sesshin.
  • Access to dokusan during such events.
  • Access to the Rains Retreat online forum
  • Participation in the Digital Dojo
  • Participation without voting rights in sangha meeting discussion (including online)

Cost:

Associate Members are asked to make an annual financial offering, renewed at the end of each year, selected from the following sliding scale according to your means:    $50 – $100

Click here to apply for Associate Membership

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