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Membership

Membership in Nalandabodhi Vancouver

Everyone is welcome to attend meditation sessions, study groups, weedend programs, and special occasions that are open to the public. Formal membership is not required to participate at Nalandabodhi.

After attending classes and practices — and familiarizing yourself with our centre — you may wish to deepen your connection by becoming a Nalandabodhi member. In doing so, you will support both Nalandabodhi and your own dharma journey. Before becoming a member, we ask you to consider your commitment to these three paths.

Practice Path

Members are encouraged to engage in a daily meditation practice with guidance from a Practice Instructor, an experienced practitioner and personal mentor who can suggest classes and readings to strengthen your meditation practice.

Study Path

Nalandabodhi’s study path provides a comprehensive introduction to Buddhism to enhance your understanding of the teachings. Members are encouraged to engage in the curriculum developed by our teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Mindful Activity Path

Classes and dharma programs at Nalandabodhi are run by volunteers. Maitrivana, our centre in Vancouver, is tended and maintained by participants. Members are encouraged to make a meaningful commitment to the community — and to enjoy contact with fellow practitioners!

Formal Membership

Please contact the Membership Coordinator at nbvmembership@gmail.com to discuss becoming a Nalandabodhi member. Membership provides access to study and practice opportunities, including:

  • A Practice Instructor to act as a friendly guide along the journey
  • Participation in member-only retreats, teachings, and programs
  • A structured and integrated practice path that progresses towards and includes Vajrayana, for those interested
  • Access to books and videos from our centre’s library
  • Regular email news and other communications for members-only from Nalandabodhi International

Nalandabodhi members who are in good standing and are formal students of Rinpoche are invited to attend the annual sangha retreat.

Membership Dues

Membership dues are $50 per month. However, no one is turned away for lack of funds. If this amount creates hardship, you are welcome to contribute an income-appropriate amount. Please let us know your situation. Your dues support the study and practice curricula, Rinpoche’s teaching, activities of the national and international sangha, and upkeep of Maitrivana, our Vancouver centre.

How to Pay Membership Dues

There are three ways to pay membership dues:

  1. Provide (12) monthly or (4) quarterly post-dated cheques or a single cheque for the whole year. Cheques to be made payable to “Nalandabodhi Foundation” and mail to P.O. Box 2355, Vancouver BC V6B 3W5. Please clearly indicate “membership dues”.
  2. Make monthly payment by credit card via PayPal
  3. Send by Interac e-transfer to nbfinance@shaw.ca. and email the password to c.mcgregor@shaw.ca. Please clearly indicate “membership dues.”

Donations

For other ways to support Nalandabodhi financially, please visit our Donation page.