Everyone is welcome to participate in practice offerings at the Nebraska Zen Center. If you find that you are meditating and attending programs at NZC regularly, we encourage you to make NZC your spiritual home by becoming a member and supporting the practice with regular financial contributions. Member gifts are a primary source of income for NZC. And, they are an important way for you to formally express your connection to this community, affirming your support for the practice of awakening. If you appreciate the difference that NZC has made in your life, and the broader significance of inclusive communities like ours that are dedicated to peace, please join us. It takes many hearts and hands to develop a thriving practice place, devoted to wisdom, compassion and harmonious living. Recently, the Board of Directors changed our membership policy, so if you have been around NZC for a while, pay careful attention. We have three new membership plans intended to give you a clear path for contributions that respect your priorities and financial responsibilities, while at the same time helping to make NZC a viable organization.
Consider what the NZC practice community means to you and if one of the membership plans detailed below is in alignment. If so, please make a commitment to membership by completing a Membership Pledge Form (see attached or pick one up at the center). We accept applications on an on-going basis.
The three membership plans are: 1. Supporting Member: Members give $108 or more a month. No additional contributions are expected for daily zazen, dokusan, or Sunday Zen. Classes and sesshin are available to supporting members at a 25% reduction in the regular fee. 2. Sustaining Member: Members give $75 or more a month. No additional contributions are expected for daily zazen, dokusan, or Sunday Zen. Classes and sesshin are available to sustaining members at a 10% reduction in the regular fee. 3. Associate Member: Members make contributions monthly per their financial capacity. No additional contributions are expected for daily zazen or Sunday Zen. We welcome and appreciate regular donations of any size.
FYI, the average American gives about 3% of gross annual income to their church. At this rate, the Supporting Student contribution of $108 per month would reflect an income of just over $40,000 and the Sustaining Member contribution of $75 would reflect an income of just over $30,000.