MEMBERSHIP & SUPPORT
Becoming a member or renewing your annual membership of the group helps to sustain Zen practice in WA. Funds raised through membership goes towards renting venues, insurance, dana for our teachers, website maintenance and other costs.
As a member you have a right to a reserved place and discount for zazenkais and sesshins and the use of the group’s library. You also have the opportunity to offer your ideas, creativity and energy to the group as you can opt to be on the ZGWA Council and you can vote at general meetings. The annual membership fee is due by the 30th of July. Concession rates are available. See the membership form for more detail.
We have a group of members who pledge monthly, over and above membership. These pledges are vital to maintain the zendo and our teachers, and keep the doors open for everyone. If you can afford it, please consider. Pledges can be made throughout the year, or in a lump sum. But this is different from a donation. Pledges are a scheduled payment, and the Treasurer is notified in advance of your commitment. Regular payments can be made by direct debit into the ZGWA bank account or by cheque or by arrangement with the ZGWA Treasurer.
To become a member or friend of ZGWA, and/or to register your pledge, complete a membership form which you can download below or collect at the dojo. Please send or give your form and payment to a ZGWA Council member at the dojo or pay through electronic funds transfer. The ZGWA’s postal address and bank account details are provided on the form.
Making a Bequest in Your Will to the Zen Group of Western Australia
For 40 years The Zen Group of Western Australia has grown through the generous efforts and dedication of its members and teachers. Some members have expressed interest in leaving a monetary gift in their Will as a meaningful and lasting way to support The Zen Group of Western Australia.
We understand the decision to leave a gift in your Will is an important and very personal one. We strongly advise you to consult a solicitor in preparing your Will so that your wishes are carried out exactly as you intend.
If you’d like to include The Zen Group of Western Australia Incorporated in your existing Will, you may simply like to add a Codicil (an amendment to your Will). Codicils are a simple and effective way to make updates without re-writing your entire Will.
You may consider using the following wording as a guide for making a gift to the Zen Group of Western Australia. Please note this is not legal advice and should be checked with your solicitor.
“I give and bequeath:
(a) the sum of $(dollar amount); or
(b) the residue or percentage of the residue of my estate
to The Zen Group of Western Australia Incorporated (ABN 54 572 112 679), PO Box 442, Fremantle, WA 6959, in aid of that organisation and for its general purposes, with the written acknowledgement of Zen Group of Western Australia Incorporated to be accepted by my executors as a full and complete discharge.”
We welcome you to get in touch with one of our Council members if you would like any support, to talk about ways in which your gift would be used, or if you would just like to inform us of your plans regarding making a bequest to The Zen Group of Western Australia.
The Zen Group of Western Australia relies on the generosity of its members and friends to cover the costs of teaching, outreach and events. If you see value in the Zen Group and the cultivation of the Buddhist Way then please consider making a donation by clicking the button below and filling in the form.