Membership

Membership in the Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound (MCPS)

MCPS is a lay Buddhist community inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Our mission is to nurture compassion and understanding, both within the sangha, and throughout the larger society.

The community comes together regularly to meditate and deepen our practice. We seek to encourage and nourish each other through dharma discussions and mindful actions. We endeavor to help one another celebrate the wonders of life, as we work side-by-side to help relieve suffering in the world.

What is MCPS Membership?
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Commitment to Practice

Membership at MCPS is pretty straight forward. Becoming a member signals your aspiration and commitment to practicing meditation and mindfulness in your daily life, and in the life of this Sangha. Members volunteer their service to the Sangha in a variety of ways, perhaps serving on the board of directors, facilities committee, or practice committee, or helping at monthly garden work parties. Volunteering, is in itself, a beautiful practice, and since we are an all-volunteer sangha, your skills and expertise are essential to our ability to thrive.

Dues

Members offer dana in the form of tax-deductible dues on a monthly or quarterly basis, at a level each member determines is meaningful for them. In the recent past, we have needed at least 20 members to pay dues in the $35 a month or more range to balance the annual budget.

Membership is on-going, but we ask folks to update their information periodically, usually prior to or at the annual general meeting (February each year). If we haven’t seen you at Sangha events for a long time or if you have dues or other financial commitments that are outstanding, your membership may lapse. Of course, please let us know if there are extenuating circumstances, as the Board can authorize exceptions in cases of hardship.

Member Benefits

MCPS Members not only get the benefit of a deeper commitment to practice within your own life and the community at large, but members also get advance registration opportunities for our Days of Mindfulness and Annual Spring Retreat, which are made open to the public and often fill up.

Application Process

A membership form is available here. If you are interested, kindly fill it out and return to our Membership Coordinator, John Malcomson. For any questions, use our Contact form or call John at 206-284-9489.  There are also membership forms on the wall rack in the Dharma Gate kitchen.

All sangha events, except Days of Mindfulness and residential retreats, are offered free of charge.  If you are not a member, we would greatly appreciate your donation to help meet the cost of running Dharma Gate, our practice center.  For this purpose, you will find a basket on the foyer table marked:  Dana (Sanskrit word for generosity).