The Zen Studies Sangha

Join the Zen Studies Sangha

Do you want to deepen your Zen practice
by interacting with a teacher and Sangha?

 

I strongly encourage you to participate in-person with a local Zen or Buddhist group if you’re fortunate enough to live near one. Click here to see a directory of Soto Zen Centers (mostly in North America). Sweeping Zen also has a directory of Zen centers, although I don’t think it’s been updated for a while. When all else fails, just type one or more of the following words into your search engine: Buddhism, meditation, sangha, buddhist temple, buddhist center, or zen center.

 

If you don’t live anywhere near a center or group, or if you want to supplement your in-the-flesh practice, consider joining the Zen Studies Sangha (ZSS):

 

Group Meetings

Meditate on a weekly basis with other Sangha Members and Domyo, live, via Zoom videoconference. Click here for our calendar.

Discuss the previous week’s podcast episode with Domyo and other Zen Studies Sangha (ZSS) members. Meetings occur via Zoom videoconference most weeks, alternating between Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, Pacific Time. See the Zen Studies Sangha Calendar for meeting times (these meetings are ZSS members only). Need to miss a meeting? We’ll record them (audio) and make them available to members on the website!

Other online opportunities: Interact with other Buddhist and Zen practitioners during sessions listed in our Other Other Online Opportunities Calendar. However, you may want to sit zazen at a time that works better for you – volunteer to host a session using the ZSS’s Zoom meeting room! The meditation session will be listed on our public calendar so others will join you. (Hosting is a great motivator!)

One-on-one Interactions with Domyo

Schedule private one-on-one Dharma Interview (aka dokusan or sanzen) with Domyo once a month, up to 30 minutes long, in person or by video (Zoom or Skype). Appointments can be conveniently scheduled online (click here to see Domyo’s availability listed according to your time zone, but please don’t request an appointment until you’ve signed up as a full member).

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Dharma Interview is an opportunity to talk with a teacher one-on-one to discuss your Zen practice. You can ask questions about Buddhism and practice, but ideally this won’t be an intellectual exercise. Instead, it will be about the “edge” of your practice – what are you working on? What’s challenging you? How can you apply practice to your daily life?

Maintain ongoing practice intentions or vows with Domyo’s support and guidance.

Member’s Online Community

Connect with other Zen Studies Sangha members on our private Mobilize community site. It’s kind of like Facebook, but just for us! You’ll be invited when you became a member, and have a username (your email address) and password (one you chose, unless you sign on with Facebook or LinkedIn). The site includes member profiles, posting activity, and the option for private chats.

Submit Dharma questions to Domyo by email. She will answer at least one or two most weeks and post them to the Mobilize site so all members can benefit from the responses (questioner remains anonymous). Read and discuss Domyo’s answers to others.

Zen Studies Podcast

Membership in the Zen Studies Sangha includes includes membership support of the Zen Studies Podcast and access to all content (if you’re already a podcast member, your membership will simply be upgraded).

Other Opportunities

Zen Studies Sangha members will be eligible to sign up for other Sangha-building activities as we develop them as a Sangha (these will usually involve some additional cost because of how time-intensive they are for Domyo). For example:

A twice-yearly, three-month term student program, where 5-12 people form a cohort to support and get to know one another. The term begins and ends with an all-day retreat (via videoconference). Students establish practice vows and meet as a group to check in several times throughout the term.

 

Cost


All of this takes quite a lot of my time and energy, so although I’d love to do it for free, I can’t. Membership in the Zen Studies Sangha is $50 a month, with a sliding scale from $25* to $75.

Your first month is free and your membership can be upgraded, downgraded, or canceled at any time, so go ahead and try it to see if you like it! Once you join, you’ll have access to all the Sangha features when you log into the Zen Studies Podcast website. (Instructions will come in your membership confirmation email.)

To join, select an option below! If you have any questions, want to inquire about scholarships or other payment options, please feel free to email me. If you prefer to pay by check, go ahead and sign up (the first month is free), and then email me that you will be paying by check instead; I’ll stop your credit card subscription before it gets charged. Makes checks out to Domyo Burk and send to 12180 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton OR 97005.

Are you already a Zen Studies Podcast member?! To upgrade your existing plan, follow these instructions.

  • Zen Studies Sangha Memberships

  • One Month Free Trial
  • Member of the Zen Studies Podcast
  • Group Meetings
  • Access to Online Community Site
  • Submit Dharma Questions
  • Dharma Interview with Domyo
  • Personal Guidance from Domyo
  • Basic

  • $25.00month

  • One Month Free Trial
  • Member of the Zen Studies Podcast
  • Group Meetings
  • Access to Online Community Site
  • Submit Dharma Questions
  • One introductory session
    Dharma Interview with Domyo
  • Personal Guidance from Domyo
  • FullLimited Income

  • $40.00month

  • One Month Free Trial
  • Member of the Zen Studies Podcast
  • Group Meetings
  • Access to Online Community Site
  • Submit Dharma Questions
  • Up to once a month
    Dharma Interview with Domyo
  • Personal Guidance from Domyo
  • Full

  • $50.00month

  • One Month Free Trial
  • Member of the Zen Studies Podcast
  • Group Meetings
  • Access to Online Community Site
  • Submit Dharma Questions
  • Up to once a month
    Dharma Interview with Domyo
  • Personal Guidance from Domyo
  • Full+Extra Contribution to support Domyo and scholarships for others

  • $60.00month

  • One Month Free Trial
  • Member of the Zen Studies Podcast
  • Group Meetings
  • Access to Online Community Site
  • Submit Dharma Questions
  • Up to once a month
    Dharma Interview with Domyo
  • Personal Guidance from Domyo
  • BenefactorExtra Contribution to support Domyo and scholarships for others

  • $75.00month

  • One Month Free Trial
  • Member of the Zen Studies Podcast
  • Group Meetings
  • Access to Online Community Site
  • Submit Dharma Questions
  • Up to twice a month
    Dharma Interview with Domyo
  • Personal Guidance from Domyo

* Email me if you want to have access to Dharma Interview but need to pay less than $40/month. Scholarships may be available when other members are able to pay more.

Upgrading Your Existing Zen Studies Podcast Membership to a Zen Studies Sangha Membership

  1. Log in to the Zen Studies Podcast website (if you aren’t already logged in).
  2. Go to your Member Account Page (once you’re logged in you automatically end up here, or there’s a link to it in the very top menu).
  3. Click Subscriptions under your name.
  4. Click Change Plan in the right hand column.
  5. From the drop-down list, select the membership plan you want!

 

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