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Ways to Get Involved

Attend a class

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join us for all activities and sittings at the Palmetto Zendo. For those new to Zen and meditation in general, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early for a brief orientation. The suggested donation for meditation is $15. However, “dana” or generosity in Sanskrit, is a fundamental practice in Buddhism and larger donations are welcome and appreciated. Palmetto Zendo is a 501c3 tax exempt organization and deductions made by check or credit card are tax deductible. Cash donations are also accepted but may not be deductible without a receipt. 

Become a member

If you feel a connection to the Palmetto Zendo and wish to meditate on a regular basis here, we welcome you to consider becoming a member. This is wonderful way to support our center and deepen your own practice.  Suggested donation for membership is $60/month. This includes all Palmetto Zendo meditation offerings.  Members receive discounts on all meditation retreats/events.  To become a member, simply go to the “Support Us” page and click on the appropriate Paypal button.

Become a Zen student

This is for those wanting to make a deeper commitment to Zen practice. This might arise out of a connection to our methods of practice, our community, and our teachers.  Students will meet on a regular basis with  Andy. Suggested donation for Zendo students is $75/month.  To become a student at the Palmetto Zendo, please speak personally with Sensei Andy.  The following guidelines apply:

A minimum of 3 months of regular meditation practice at our center.

Committed meditation practice, a minimum of 30 minutes daily.

Study of Dharma books of your choosing or suggested by the teacher.

Regular participation in meetings and events at our center, including attendance of at least one retreat per year.

Regular daisan/dokusan (private interviews) with your teacher(s).  At least once a week if possible.