Become a member

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Ours is a practice of giving generously and receiving gratefully. When you become a member of Seattle Soto Zen you have a chance to do both. Seattle Soto Zen is supported completely by donations and volunteers. They pay the rent for our practice spaces and provide us with the accoutrements necessary to do what we do. They enable us to offer our Spiritual Director a monthly stipend. They enable us to offer scholarships for most of our events for those at lower income levels. We ask members to commit to a regular financial contribution to Seattle Soto Zen in any affordable amount. Regular contributions allow us to better plan our yearly finances and assess our resources. Alternatively you may contribute to our practice as a volunteer.

The greatest benefits of membership are the support you receive from fellow members and the strengthening of your practice that happens when you make the commitment. In addition, members receive discounts to most of our regular practice offerings, which are available to all. Membership qualifies you to vote at annual meetings and vote for and serve as a member of our Board of Directors. 

Seattle Soto Zen is legally organized as a nonprofit religious corporation and has tax exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS code; contributions by members or non-members are tax deductible. All of our financial activities are open and are available for members to review.  If you have any questions would like to review the membership policy, or if your address does not fit in our form, please email or speak to someone at one of our services.

Pledge Management

SSZ members generally give at one of the following levels:

  • $50/month: Basic supporting member
  • $100/month: Sustaining member
  • Alternatively, set an amount that works for you and your budget. Big or small your support is appreciated.

If you are making a donation with your credit card please set this up via our donation page.

If you would like to send a recurring check, use the bill pay feature of your bank account.  Mail the check to:
Seattle Soto Zen
PO Box 30936
Seattle WA 98113