All are welcome to the Won Buddhism of Washington Temple in the spirit of open community.
As you become comfortable with Won Buddhist teaching and practice through regular attendance at Saturday services or at scripture study during the week, we encourage you to become a member. Becoming a member of the WBM is an acknowledgment of one’s connection to the Buddhist practice on the path of awakening. It is a way to make a commitment to practice and support our sangha, our spiritual community, through regular donation and volunteer service.
Your membership is crucial to building our community dedicated to awakening, compassion, and wisdom.
We offer the following as guidelines. You may join the temple as one of two types of membership.
FULL MEMBERSHIP: $100 PER MONTH (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Full Membership is for those who make a commitment to Won Buddhist practice and its actualization in daily life. It requires at least six months of regular weekly practice. It is commemorated by receiving of a Dharma Name that signifies the beginning of a new journey of spiritual practice to awaken to the Dharma. Dharma Name Application is HERE
FULL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
20% discounts at Won Dharma Retreat Center
20% discounts on temple events
Guidance from the Reverends
Opportunity to share your practice through delivering a member’s talk
Access to the temple’s lending library
Priority registration for Dharma Study Groups
Priority registration for retreats at the Won Dharma Center, our retreat center upstate New York.
Access to the temple program council
All are welcome to participate in our programs to explore and familiarize oneself with our practice and community. For visitors, we suggest a minimum donation of $10 per visit. But no one will be turned away for lack of money.
If you are interested in Membership, but cannot afford the Membership Donations suggested, we would not want that to prevent you from becoming a member and we would like to discuss this with you and work out something that you could afford.