Please fill out our online membership form.
Brooklyn Zen Center is supported completely by donations. Whether it be a one time gift, support of a specific project, or an ongoing commitment, all Brooklyn Zen Center operations are dependent on your generosity.
Annual membership dues are a way of giving more regularly and are the foundation on which our center can build and support our programs, practice space, and the visiting teachers we bring to our community. Whether you join us everyday or occasionally, your membership or donation is a very tangible way to show your commitment to planting the seeds of the dharma and the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in New York City.
Your membership and donations allow us to:
Sustain the Place of Practice
Hundreds of people come to Brooklyn Zen Center as a respite from the often overwhelming pace of New York City life. Providing a place for those in our community to look inward and allow their minds and bodies to settle increases the opportunities for peaceful engagement in our neighborhoods and world. Members play a vital role in the care and development of our practice place, helping to keep our center open and accessible to all.
In becoming a member, you are expressing your confidence in our sangha. The energy you bring allows for the creation of an open and inclusive practice community. We at Brooklyn Zen Center are committed to keeping the costs of our programs low so that they are available to all. This commitment simply cannot be fulfilled without ongoing membership pledges and donations.
Support Visiting Dharma Teachers
As a result of your donations, we are able to pay for our space at 505 Carroll Street, our programs, and all related expenses necessary for maintaining a place of practice. We are also able to bring our guiding teacher, Teah Strozer, and other dharma teachers here. It is through their deep intention and guidance that this Zen practice is handed down to us so that we are now able to cultivate it together here in New York.
Suggested Membership Contributions
Basic Membership: $50 - $74 per month
Supporting Membership: $75 - $149 per month
Sustaining Circle Membership: $150 - $299 per month
Radiant Outreach Membership: $300 or more per month
Limited Income Membership: $30 - $49 per month
Basic Family Membership: $100 per month
Limited Income Family: $50 per month
Brooklyn Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Dues may be paid on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis. Members receive discounts on classes and retreats. Please help to ensure the care and growth of both the dharma and the sangha by making a financial pledge for the year.
To become a member by mail please fill out a printable membership form.
We thank you for your interest and your intention to support Buddhist practice. The continuing operation of the center would be impossible without the ongoing generosity of its members.