Be Our Guest.
Dharma Refuge offers teachings freely because in the Buddhist tradition they're considered ‘priceless’.
You will be warmly welcomed into our community (sangha) as our guest. Dharma Refuge is open to everyone; commitments or contributions are not required, (Read our Sanctuary Statement.)
How do I know if I am ready to join?
It’s a deeply personal question and it’s best to “hang around” for a bit and see what feels right. Typically, sangha participants begin to consider membership when...
Does it cost money?
Sustaining Members generally provide financial support; many also assist as volunteers. While a financial commitment is not required to become a Sustaining Member, contributions ensure our ability to serve all who seek support and encouragement from a community of practitioners. Your financial donation enables us to meet the needs of our sangha, pay our staff, and plan wisely for the future.
Dharma Refuge is sustained entirely through the sangha’s generosity. All donations are tax deductible. Sustaining Members may also donate time as volunteers instead of making financial pledges if their circumstances do not allow a monetary contribution. Read our "Scholarship and Work Study Invitation". If neither financial nor service contributions are possible at this time, we still warmly welcome you to consider Sustaining Membership.
To explore membership, especially if you are concerned about your capacity to provide financial or volunteer support or if you have any other questions, send an email to our membership team and one of us would be happy to speak with you.
Sustaining Membership, a Matter of the Heart...
Joining our 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. Becoming a sangha member 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.
2021 Fall Membership Initiative and State of the Sangha (video)
In early October, we had our annual membership meeting, this time on Zoom, with many of our regular participants, members, and a few new faces in attendance. Click below to view the meeting video, which includes opening remarks by Sue Kochan and members of the Dharma Refuge Membership Team. A summary of the State of the Sangha is presented by Board President, John Stewart, followed by comments and acknowledgments by our participants and members.
2021 Fall Membership Initiative and State of the Sangha
How Much Should I Give?
Nationally the average contribution by household to a spiritual/religious organization is estimated at roughly 2% of annual income. We encourage you to use 2% as a guideline for your giving. Your circumstances may not allow giving at this level. We are delighted to include you as a Sustaining Member at a level of giving compatible with your current circumstances. (If you can give at a level higher than 2% we hope you will consider that; it helps balance out those whose capacity is more limited.)
If You Have Questions:
Please, send an email to email@example.com and someone from our membership team would be more than happy to answer your questions and tell you more about us
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1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609
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