Supporting the Zen Center

People have asked about how they can support the Zen Center. There are a few ways to do this. The most important way you can support the center is by coming to any the weekly practices and retreats. Without your presence, the center would not exist. Practicing together helps our direction and can give us inspiration to practice on our own. It can also inspire and encourage other practitioners. 

Another way of supporting is by becoming a member of our Zen Center or by donation. By becoming a member you help our international school, Kwan Um School of Zen, in its effort to support our zen centers and teaching in other parts of the world. Memberships also help Empty Gate Zen Center with its ongoing expenses and programs. A member receives discounts on our monthly retreats, receives the School's Primary Point magazine and its newsletter. What is the difference between donations and membership? Please visit our Support page for more information.

Lastly, we can always use help maintaining the inside and outside of our center. This includes cleaning the dharma room, living area, bathrooms, outside weeding, mowing the lawn, etc. Volunteer effort is always appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering at the Zen Center, email