Membership Information

Join ZCO

Learn more about becoming a member of our community and browse the common questions regarding membership.

How do I become a member of ZCO?

If you want to become a ZCO member, you can download the membership form PDF and fill it out electronically (the PDF allows for this) and email to membership@zendust.org. If your computer won’t let you fill out the PDF you can just type your info into an email.

To begin membership payments, use the yellow PayPal button and you can click that you want recurring payments. PayPal gives a little memo field and you can type “Membership.”

It’s simple. We just need to hear from you. If you want to become a ZCO member, you can download the membership form PDF and fill it out electronically (the PDF allows for this) and email to membership@zendust.org. If your computer won’t let you fill out the PDF you can just type your info into an email.

If you want to make membership dues, use the yellow PayPal button and you can click that you want recurring payments. Thank you for your your practice.

No, becoming a Buddhist requires study, intention and inquiry. Suggested steps on the path toward becoming a Buddhist in this community are: regular meditation practice, taking the Inner critic workshop, Introduction to Zen Practice (IZP) class, attending a Zazenkai or other one-day retreats, community service, studying and taking the 5 precepts. After studying the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts and participating in a ceremony witnessed by the Sangha, one becomes a Buddhist.

You don’t need to be a Buddhist to practice with us nor to become a ZCO member. We’re glad you’re here!

ZCO membership is on a sliding scale. Please offer what you can. Membership levels are detailed on the  form below.

Check the calendar for times and teachers. Most teachers have an opportunity to connect as part of a meditation session and at other arranged times. Membership is not required. Feel free to ask any of the teachers about meeting.

Get to know the teachers by attending their meditation session online or, in person if available. Our teachers have their own styles and personalities. Find one that resonates with you.

Please see Teachers and Dharma Holders.

By becoming a member of ZCO, you are deciding to invest in our community. We emphasize that this looks different for every person. We encourage members to contribute in a way that matches their resources and abilities. This can include volunteering, donations, and simply coming to the temple or monastery to practice. ZCO relies on the generosity and dedication of members to make possible our Monastery, Temple, and programs including residencies and scholarships.

The boundless effects of regular Zen practice have incalculable benefit. ZCO depends just as much on folks dedicated practice as it does on volunteering and donations. Please do not let a lack of resources be a barrier to joining our community. We are walking the path to Awakening together! 

To donate financially, select the option that is sustainable for you. There are options to make payments by check or credit card online and on our application form.

To volunteer at our temple, please reach out to our temple manager how@zendust.org. To volunteer at our monastery, please call 503-728-0654. (Note: during Covid, we limit activities in order to maintain social distance).

Volunteer opportunities include gardening and landscape maintenance, building and building system repair and maintenance, various administrative tasks at both the monastery and temple, librarian, housekeeping, and vehicle maintenance.