Joining the Dharma Refuge sangha, or community, reflects a desire to pursue the path of love and wisdom based on the teachings of the Buddha. It does not mean you must identify as Buddhist. In fact, becoming a member of our sangha can be compatible with and supportive of being a member of another spiritual (or religious) community. Membership in Dharma Refuge is a way to strengthen your commitment to your own awakening and the awakening of all beings. For many, it is a recognition that having friendship and support along the path is a source of courage, inspiration and transformation.
How do I know if I’m ready to join?
It’s a deeply personal question and it’s best to “hang around” the Dharma Refuge sangha for a bit and see what feels right for you. If the sangha nurtures and awakens something inside of you, then becoming a Member can be a tremendous support along the path.
Typically, sangha participants begin to consider membership when...
Does it cost money?
There is no financial commitment required to become a Member of Dharma Refuge. Becoming a Sustaining Member (pledging) or making a one-time donation supports our activities. Dharma Refuge is sustained entirely through the generosity of the sangha. All donations are tax deductible. Sustaining Members may also donate time and energy in regular volunteer work instead of by making financial pledges.
With palms together we invite you to become a member of the Dharma Refuge sangha today.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.