Join Our Community

 

All are welcome to the Won Buddhism of Manhattan Temple in the spirit of open community. 

As you become comfortable with Won Buddhist teaching and practice through regular attendance at Sunday services or at group meditation during the week, we encourage you to become a member. Becoming a member of the WBM is an acknowledgment of one’s connection to the Buddhist practice on the path of awakening. It is a way to make a commitment to practice and support our sangha, our spiritual community, through regular donation and volunteer service.

Your membership is crucial to building our community dedicated to awakening, compassion, and wisdom. 

We offer the following as guidelines. You may join the temple as one of two types of membership.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! Membership Application HERE

  • Won Buddhism of ManhattanThe recommendations we offer in order to create an environment in which we can all practice together with a sense of oneness are as follows:

    • Maintain mindfulness and keep your mind open.
    • Wear appropriate, yet comfortable clothing; remove your shoes when you enter.
    • It is customary to greet others in the temple by bowing with palms together.
    • Perform a standing bow to the altar upon entering and exiting the dharma room.
    • If you meet sick or elderly people, care for them and help them.
    • Step softly and do not run or shout.
    • Speak well to people in the temple, in the manner of a Bodhisattva. 
    • When you hear the gong, move immediately to the dharma room– Do not linger.
    • Do not enter the dharma room, if sitting in meditation has begun, wait until sitting meditation is finished and quietly enter.
    • Maintain silence and keep still while sitting in meditation.
    • If legs cramp, quietly stand until the legs un-cramp and return to sitting, or consult a one of the ministers after sitting.
    • Do not bring food or drink into the dharma room during service.
    • Please turn off cell phones before the dharma service begins.
    • Be on time for all activities.
  • Full Membership: $100 per month (suggested donation)

    Full Membership is for those who make a commitment to Won Buddhist practice and its actualization in daily life. It requires at least six months of regular weekly practice. It is commemorated by receiving of a Dharma Name that signifies the beginning of a new journey of spiritual practice to awaken to the Dharma.

    Full Membership Benefits
    • 20% discounts at Won Dharma Retreat Center
    • 20% discounts on temple events
    • Guidance from the Reverends
    • Opportunity to share your practice through delivering a member’s talk
    • Access to the temple’s lending library
    • Priority registration for Dharma Study Groups
    • Priority registration for retreats at the Won Dharma Center, our retreat center upstate New York.
    • Access to the temple program council


    PLEASE NOTE:
    If you are interested in Membership, but cannot afford the Membership Donations suggested, we would not want that to prevent you from becoming a member and we would like to discuss this with you and work out something that you could afford. Contact us. 
  • Visitors

    All are welcome to participate in our programs to explore and familiarize oneself with our practice and community.
    For visitors, we suggest a minimum donation of $5 per visit. But no one will be turned away for lack of money.

     

    PLEASE NOTE:

    If you are interested in Membership, but cannot afford the Membership Donations suggested, we would not want that to prevent you from becoming a member and we would like to discuss this with you and work out something that you could afford. Contact us.