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Membership Information

We welcome you to join our temple as a member. There are several categories of members detailed below along with the specific criteria associated with each category.

Regular Members

  • Have completed the Introductory Meditation Courses.
  • Meditate regularly at home.
  • Attend temple as often as you can (daily temple practice, Wednesday evening membership sitting, Sunday services).
  • Help out with special events at the temple if possible.
  • Monthly donation of minimum $40.

Regular members can stay overnight Saturdays for early Sunday morning membership sitting. The temple is always available to Regular members as a place of meditation and Dharma practice.

General Members

Those who attend the Sunday services regularly or occasionally and like to support the temple on a regular basis, can become general member. Monthly donation of minimum $20.

Membership Donation

The Temple depends on your regular membership donations. Donations and offerings are an expression of deep gratitude that one feels towards the teachings of Enlightenment and wisdom. Dana (generosity) and the supporting of spiritual causes (transmission of Dharma) have been important Buddhist practices which have kept the light of Buddha wisdom shining through successive generations. All donations and offerings are tax-deductible.

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Member Practice

Daily Practice

  • 5:30-6:00 am: exercise/yoga/jogging
  • 6:00-6:15 am: 108 Prostrations
  • 6:15-6:45 am: Meditation
  • 6:45-7:10 am: Yebul (homage to Buddhas)
  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Meditation
  • 7:00-7:05 pm: Evening Bell Chant
  • 7:05-7:25 pm: Yebul and Heart Sutra

Membership Sitting
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm

  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Meditation
  • 7:00-7:30 pm: Evening Bell Chant & Yebul
  • 7:30-7:55 pm: Meditation
  • 7:55-8:05 pm: Rest/Walking Meditation
  • 8:05-8:30 pm: Meditation/Interview
  • 8:30-8:45 pm: Heart Sutra

Sundays 6:00-8:00 am

  • 6:00-6:30 am: Wakeup & Exercise
  • 6:30-7:00 am: Meditation/Interview
  • 8:25-8:30 am: Yebul/Refuge

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Membership Meetings

Twice a year each temple organizes membership meetings in small groups with teachers. The purpose is threefold:

  1. for the teachers to learn from members' situation and have a better understanding of members' Buddhist practice;
  2. to allow members to share their experiences and learn from each other; and
  3. to gain insight into our Dharma work and relate to the pan-Buddhist movement in the West.

All members(practicing and non-practicing) are encouraged to attend the membership meeting.

Membership Form

Donations

Practice Information

Membership Meeting

Precept -Taking Ceremony

Locations
Toronto
Ann Arbor
Chicago
Mexico City Location
New York City Location

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