You are welcome to practice with Mountains & Rivers Zen without becoming a member. However, as a formally incorporated association, membership is available to those who have participated in Mountains & Rivers Zen activities and who wish to show their support and commitment. Over time we are hoping the membership will grow so our group is sustainable and we can develop as a community to support each other in the practice and study of Zen in Tasmania.
If you practice regularly with us we encourage you to consider becoming a member.
Membership is open to all who wish to support and take part in Mountains & Rivers Zen activities. The money you offer as a member supports the following range of activities:
- 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 teachers
- Banking fees
Members are asked to make an annual financial offering, self-selected from the sliding scale of $40-$100, depending on your means.
- Strong sense of sangha engagement and participation
- Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting and other general meetings
- Eligibility for election to leadership positions on the Council
- Priority and reduced rates for participation in sesshin and other activities
Becoming a member is a conscious commitment to actively participate in the activities of the sangha according to your circumstances. Committing to membership as fully as possible is an important step in committing to a genuine practice.
By becoming a member you agree to abide by the Mountains
& Rivers Zen Rules
How to become a member
You can nominate to become a member by completing the application form, available by contacting one of the Mountains & Rivers Zen leaders. The completed form is submitted to the Membership Officer who will provide it to the next meeting of the Mountains & Rivers Zen Council. The Council will decide whether or not to approve the nomination. As soon as the Council has made this decision, the Membership Officer will notify you, in writing, of the outcome.
If the Council approves your application for membership, your name will be entered in the register of members.