As you may know, there has been a lot of activity at Empty Gate Zen Center recently. In 1997 we purchased the Center at 2200 Parker Street and set up a self-sustaining program of monthly retreats and six sessions of bowing, chanting, and sitting a week.

Over the last year, our Berkeley Temple has continued its program of monthly retreats and eleven practice sessions per week, with the active participation of a growing sangha.  We have also continued our efforts to bring Zen teaching to students near and far. Our branch locations in Santa Clara, California and Boise, Idaho offer supportive practice opportunities for practitioners and sangha members who are unable to come to the Berkeley location.  

With all this growth happening at our different locations, we need a long-range administrative plan for all our Zen Center activities. We need your help to make this happen. Our membership dues and retreat fees have always been the bedrock of our support. Many of you have given generously in the past to allow us to continue to thrive. Your donations have given us the ability to serve more and more people looking for a place to practice. We need your help. Please take a moment to consider what tax-deductible donation you can afford.

We are asking current members and non members to consider a donation to continue our efforts in sustaining our programs and keep providing a clear and supportive environment for people to come and practice. You can easily donate online securely using the button below or by sending a check to the following address.

Many thanks for your support and for considering Empty Gate in your charitable giving plans.

Send check or money order to:

Empty Gate Zen Center
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

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By becoming a member of the Empty Gate Zen Center, you help support its on-going practice and programs. You'll also automatically become a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen, and part of its effort to bring this teaching to new students and to other parts of the world.

As a member, you will receive reduced fees for retreats and programs at the Empty Gate Zen Center and at other Zen Centers of the Kwan Um School of Zen. You'll also receive the School's Primary Point magazine, and it's newsletter.

What Is the Kwan Um School Of Zen?


The Kwan Um School of Zen is an international organization of over one hundred centers and groups founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. The School's purpose is to make this practice of Zen Buddhism available to an ever-growing number of students throughout the world.

Printable membership application

If you live in North America, you can become a member or pay your dues online. 

If you live in North America, you can become a member online.
Printable membership application.