2021 Community Drive

The Meaning of Membership and Community Support

To support the community and promote the Dharma during these difficult times, Palpung Thubten Choling is offering new levels of Community Support and Membership for new members. UPDATE Enrollment will be open beginning April 27, 2021 and close on May 22, 2021. Community drive memberships will be active from May 30, 2021 – May 30, 2022.  In addition to our traditional membership, we are also offering pathways for families, friends and general supporters to connect with the monastery and our work with the Buddhadharma.

History

The first students of Buddha Shakyamuni understood the need to create a practical environment to support their study, meditation, and practice. Under the guidance of the Buddha, they organized themselves into a community of like-minded practitioners known in Sanskrit as sangha. This practice of building a sangha has continued into the modern era, forming an effective antidote to the seemingly crucial distractions that all too easily come between us and our best intentions. To learn about our traditional membership plans, please click here.

Membership Plans

Basic Membership $240/year (ending 5/2022)

  • Welcome to Membership video provided by Lama Norgyal for new members
  • Zoom class on Chenrezig
  • Sample meditation class offered on Zoom. This session will be guided by one of our resident Lamas
  • FAQ Zoom session with a couple of our resident Lamas
  • 30 minute introduction on Zoom with one or more of our resident Lamas
  • E-calendar of family and community events

Family Membership $280/year (ending 5/2022)

  • Welcome to Membership video provided by Lama Norgyal for new members
  • FAQ Zoom session with a couple of our resident Lamas
  • Discussion on benefit of Dharma instruction within families. This is a great way to introduce your family to the importance of Dharma
  • 30 minute introduction on Zoom with one or more of our resident Lamas
  • E-calendar of family and community events
  • Family events: Pet Blessing 5K Run/Walk, Mothers and Fathers Day and more

Supporting Member $150/year (ending 5/2022)

  • Welcome to Membership video provided by Lama Norgyal for new members
  • Sample meditation class offered on Zoom with one of our resident Lamas
  • FAQ Zoom session with a couple of our resident Lamas
  • 30 minute introduction on Zoom with one or more of the resident Lamas
  • E-calendar of family and community events

Friend of the Monastery $108/year (ending 5/2022)

  • Welcome to Membership video provided by Lama Norgyal for new members
  • 30 minute introduction on Zoom with one or more of the resident Lamas. This introductory Zoom session is a great oppoortunity to learn more about the Dharma
  • E-calendar of family and community events

Tradition

In accordance with a tradition that extends back to the very earliest days of Buddhism, we invite you to become a member of Palpung Thubten Choling Monastery or one of our affiliated Dharma centers in the eastern United States. Membership is a meaningful way of participating in the Lama’s activities while accumulating merit and gaining support for your own study and practice. The Dharma center provides a setting where sangha members can receive empowerments and teachings, and participate in the traditional chanting and meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a place where newcomers can ask questions, and where more experienced practitioners can pass along the benefit of their long affiliation and training. In this way, each Dharma center functions to preserve and extend the rich legacy of Tibetan Buddhist practice.

You can use this page to pay your tax deductible membership fee through PayPal using a credit card or a PayPal account. If you prefer to enroll via postal mail, simply print out a copy of the Printable Membership Enrollment Form and send it with your check to the attention of the Treasurer at the center you select. Please make your check payable to the selected center. You may also use this form if you would prefer KTC to charge your credit card directly.

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