Membership and Fees: In
to maintain itself, the Zen group must be financed by its members
(including the teachers) through regular monthly dues. Teachers are
exempt from retreat fees. We strongly appreciate contributions from
non-members at our weekly sittings. The non-member suggested donation
students is $3, for all others, $5, or whatever you can give us to help
defray our rent and the cost of cushions and other supplies. The
donation should not be a barrier for anyone willing to come sit with
The cost for members varies, but
usually is around $30 to 40 a month. Membership is encouraged for
anyone wishing to make a commitment to a regular meditation practice.
Please discuss the possibility of membership with one of our teachers.
Parking: There is metered on-street parking in the area. Meters are in effect until 8 pm on Sunday evenings. There are also parking garages two blocks away on Spring St. and Chambers St. Detailed information on metered parking and the Spring St. garage can be obtained from this useful website, and rates for the Chambers St. garage and other Palmer Square parking options can be found here.
Meeting Times: Sundays, 7 to 9 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to arrange your cushions or seat, since opening ceremonies start promptly at 7 pm. Beginners' Night, the first Sunday of the month, is 6:30 (please be on time!) to 7 pm for instruction, followed by regular sitting.
Contacts: By phone, Donald Dow, 609-510-3909; by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; or just stop by at 6:30 pm on a Beginners' Night to introduce yourself.
Leadership Roles in the Zen Community: While the responsibilities regarding matters of Zen practice rest with the teachers, all administrative responsibilities rotate among the membership. The leadership roles necessary to run the Zen group are created and voluntarily taken on by members of the Zen community.
Meditation Retreats: We hold
several 3 to 5 day meditation retreats (sesshin)
throughout the year in addition to frequent
Additional Activities: Time, energy, and resources permitting, the Princeton Area Zen Group seeks to provide additional Zen-related activities, like introductions to newcomers, monthly membership meetings, discussions of Zen topics and informal social get-togethers. Members are encouraged to take the initiative in these activities. The "democratic" organization of Zen practice is an ongoing experiment. Students are expected to let teachers perform their function, and teachers are expected to let students administer the Zen center.