Membership Strengthens Our Sangha and Zen Practice


Becoming a Member

Membership in the Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas supports the efforts of thousands of practitioners throughout the North, Central, and South America. In return, the Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas sangha will help support your practice and the zen center or group that you practice with.

Members receive discounts on retreats and programs, and receive paper copies of Primary Point, the School’s magazine which is published three times per year.

Members are also eligible for travel grants and retreat scholarships.

We offer several types of membership. Please choose the one that best fits your situation and needs:

  • Individual Membership: $360/year ($30/month).

  • Family Membership $480/year ($40/month).

  • Student/Senior Membership: $240/year ($20/month).

50% of your member dues automatically go to your affiliated zen center or group. Dharma Teachers each pay an additional $180/year ($15/month)

To become a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas:

1. Use this simple online form:

2. Print out the application below and mail with payment:

Pay Membership Dues

If you are currently a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen of the Americas, you can pay membership dues in several ways:

1.    Through this secure webpage 

2.    Automatic billing 

3.    PayPal, using your account or a credit card

4.    Mailing a check or money order to:

Attn: Membership
Kwan Um School of Zen
99 Pound Road
Cumberland RI 02864

Have a membership question? Send us an email!

Membership Cancellation or Leave of Absence

We hope a membership in the Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas will produce benefits for you far greater than its modest cost. If however, you are having financial difficulty and feel for whatever reason you need a change, we would be happy to discuss reduced membership dues and/or having a member go on leave for a period of time. Please call KUSZa Director Ames Colt if you have such concerns. I can be reached at or at (401)658-1476.

We appreciate your support of our sangha through your membership. Please know that we hare here to help!