Most Melbourne Zen Group activities are open to both members and non-members.
If you’re extremely new to the group, we recommend that you take a few months to get to know us, and confirm that you wish to engage more deeply in our group practice, before applying for membership.
If you’ve been participating in Melbourne Zen Group activities for more than a few months however, we encourage you to consider applying for membership as a way of showing your ongoing commitment to the group, its teachers, and its activities.
Members are able to contribute to decision making that determines the direction of the group, have ongoing access to dokusan with group teachers, receive advanced notification and booking priority for some events, and can access the MZG library of books and teisho (talks by teachers) recordings and transcriptions. Members also receive a twice monthly member newsletter email (non-members can sign up to receive our monthly event update email).
Our annual membership fees are $100 full, $50 concession. Membership fees help cover the cost of the group’s public liability insurance, equipment maintenance, library purchases, and annual accounting/bookkeeping.
Membership fees don’t cover our venue fee for weekly group meditation at CERES—this is covered by contributions (by both members and non-members) to the bowl put out at each group sit. Members do however have the option of donating an annual lump sum towards venue costs (instead of making weekly contributions).
For further about applying for membership, please contact Katrina Lavender (Membership Secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org