Members of the Casa Zen, the Vermont Zen Center, and the Toronto Zen Centre comprise our Buddhist community, or Sangha. Membership in all our Centers is open to everyone regardless of age, race, national origin, creed, sex, or sexual orientation.

Anyone may become a member of the Casa Zen after:

  • Attending an Introductory Workshop
  • Completing a trial membership period
  • Requesting membership and submitting a membership application

After attending an Introductory Workshop, any person wishing to become a member of the Casa Zen should complete a two to four-week trial membership period. Once they become regular members, they are requested to support the Casa Zen through a monetary commitment according to their financial situation.While attendance at regular zazen is usually restricted to members, non-members may join on occasion after checking with the Casa Zen.

Trial Membership

    Trial Membership gives people a chance to “try out” the Casa Zen. Trial members may attend all regular functions of the Casa Zen.

Full Membership

Members may attend all Casa Zen events and become a student of Roshi Graef. Members are given preference for sesshins and receive discounts on retreats, books, incense, etc. Members support the Casa Zen by making a financial pledge, which is an expression of gratitude for the gift of the Buddha’s teachings. The suggested minimum donation is $30 per month. The Membership Application is a fillable Word document which can be completed in Word, then saved and e-mailed to the Casa Zen.

Friends of the Casa Zen

This category is for those who do not wish to formally become a member of the Casa Zen, but would like to support the Casa Zen’s work and have occasional contact with the Sangha. Friends receive all mailings and may attend Sangha events after checking with the Casa Zen. Friends of the Casa Zen are asked to make a small yearly contribution to the Casa Zen.