Your financial contribution
helps support the
Houston Zen Center and
its programs and events.

Do you Need to Be a Member to Practice with the Houston Zen Community?

No one needs to be a Member in order to participate in Houston Zen Center activities. All are welcome to sit in meditation with our Community and to attend our programs and retreats. Membership is for those who wish to support the Center's activities, to receive private instruction from our teachers and to receive discounts on our programs and retreats.

Why become a Member of Houston Zen Center?

Membership allows you to explore Zen practice at the Zen Center, to support the Zendo financially and to receive private instruction from our teachers. Membership in the Houston Zen Center is open to all.

What are the Benefits of Membership?

HZC Members are eligible to meet with Houston Zen Center teachers in a private interview called dokusan (with the Abbot) or Practice Discussion (with one of the Senior Teachers). During dokusan or Practice Discussion, Members can ask the teacher questions about their Zen practice or, if they wish, bring up issues they are facing in their lives. This is one of the foundations of Zen training and can make a significant difference in your practice. Members also receive discounts on programs and retreats.

What do I do if I want to become a Member?

The first step is to email Membership, if you have any questions, or sign up below. Then, simply make your first monthly Membership payment. When we have received your payment, you will receive an email letter welcoming you to Membership in the Houston Zen Center. If you would like to meet with one of our teachers, either in Practice Discussion or informally, please let us know, and the membership coordinator will be happy to facilitate.

Are there any further steps?

To stay up to date, join our mailing list below to receive official announcements about retreats, visitors and special activities.

How much does Membership cost? 

Membership dues are:

Basic Membership: 
$50 per month

Supporting Membership: 
$75 per month Supporting means that if every member offered $75 per month the Center’s expenses would be covered.

Sustaining Circle Membership: 
$150 per month

Radiant Outreach Membership: 
$200 per month

Under 25 or
Income–challenged Membership:
$35 per month.

You may maintain your Membership for as long or short a time as you like.