Monday, October 04, 2010

Become a Victoria Zen Centre Associate!

Dear Friends,

During our most recent strategic planning sessions, it was agreed that as a Sangha we wanted to make the Victoria Zen Centre (VZC) community more accessible to people who may not wish to become members of the VZC, but wish to support the Vision and Purpose of the VZC, and would like to take part in the community and practice activities that are available through the VZC. To this end, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to become a “Victoria Zen Centre Associate”.

The VZC remains committed to creating a dynamic and sustainable environment for Zen practice, which for us includes supporting our full-time abbot, and ensuring that we have stable and appropriate places to engage in formal Zen practice. Naturally, there are expenses inherent in these aspirations.

The budget of the VZC is maintained through membership dues, course fees, and donations. We receive no funds from outside sources of any kind.

As an associate, you will be notified, and are welcome to participate in all of the free activities that are offered to members and associates, including our “Sangha Sunday” social community activities, online eZendo, iTunes podcasts, ceremonies, and other public functions.

Should you wish to participate in formal practice activities or courses at the VZC, completion of the “Orientation to Zen Buddhist Practice” course or, for those with an established practice in another tradition or lineage an “Orientation Consultation” with the abbot is still required. Additionally, if you wish to participate in intensive practice at the VZC, the “Intensive Preparation” course is a prerequisite.

For VZC Associates, these activities are offered on a fee for participation basis (please see the chart below for details of what we offer to our members and associates).

The cost to become a Victoria Zen Centre Associate is just $10/mo or $120/year(CAN). You can pay annually, or monthly by cheques (post dated if paying monthly) or by Paypal as a monthly subscription, or for the entire year.

If you would like to become a Victoria Zen Centre Associate, simply submit your contact information (name, address, email, and phone) and submit your payment either by mailing or delivering cheques, or by clicking one of the Paypal links above.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Ven. Eshu at or by phone 250-642-7936

We look forward to practicing with you!

Victoria Zen Centre

Associate Fees, Services and Practice Opportunities

VZC Associate

Monthly Fee

$10 ($120/year)

Tuesday Evening UVic Open House

open to all

Monday and Thursday Morning e-Zendo

open to all

iTunes Living Zen Dharma Talks

open to all

Sangha Sundays


Volunteer Opportunities


Eligibility to Vote at Society Meetings


Operational Teams


Sunday Zen practice at Sooke Zendo*


1.5 hr. training meetings with Ven. Eshu

$112.50 ($75/hr.)

Fundamentals of Zen Course*


Thursday Evening Course*


Intensive Preparation Course*


One-day Intensives**


Five-day Intensives**


* - requires completion of Orientation to Zen Buddhist Practice Course or Orientation by Consultation

** - requires completion of Intensive Preparation Course

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