Donations and Dues

Your Support Sustains the Practice

Berkeley Zen Center has been well supported since 1967 by dues and donations from our sangha, as well as by their generous and wholehearted contributions of time, energy and talent. Members and friends may pay dues, pay for classes and sesshins and/or make tax deductible donations here.

You may also want to consider supporting Berkeley Zen Center through planned giving. For more information please review our Planned Giving Brochure.



General Donations are contributions made to support BZC in meeting its annual income goal, This supports essential temple activities, including maintaining our physical premises, paying the salaries and benefits of our Abbot and Vice-Abbot, the salary of our Office Manager and other operational costs.


Please use the button below to pay for BZC classes and sittings.


Restricted donations to the Building Fund support higher-cost projects that are a result of the aging of the structures on BZC’s property. These improvements include: bringing plumbing and electricity up to code, insuring seismic safety, remodeling to meet current needs and replacing appliances for energy efficiency.


Restricted donations to the Leadership Fund build a reserve fund to cover projected salary increases for our abbots that will bring these to a level consistent with salaries of other clergy with similar positions and to provide retirement support for our abbot when it is needed.



Members of BZC are people who participate regularly and frequently in BZC activities. They may: vote in BZC elections, hold leadership positions, borrow books from the library, and receive many other benefits. The level of dues requested from a member is $40 per month, according to BZC policy. It is understood that some members may be unable to afford the standard amount. We also hope that members who can contribute more than $40 per month will do so.

If you are not a member and would like to become one we invite you to attend our Saturday program where you can review an application and talk to a membership committee representative.


FRIENDS are members who, due to distance or some other reason, cannot participate on a regular basis yet wish to maintain an ongoing relationship with BZC and receive our newsletter. We suggest Friends make a regular contribution of $30 per quarter (every three months).