Join and Support the New York Buddhist Church
The New York Buddhist Church is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from the sangha to operate on a day-to-day basis. Please consider supporting the temple by taking out an annual membership and/or making a consistent monthly donation.
Your donations are much appreciated at any time. However, committed membership helps support the temple on an ongoing basis and provides financial support for the temple’s operations and mission.
Although our services are open to all, membership is required for certain special events such Kieshiki (Buddhist name-giving confirmation ceremony), scholarship awards, voting in annual meetings, etc. A portion of your membership dues also go to support our national organization, the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA).
Membership in the New York Buddhist Church is open to all. The Temple offers fellowship, religious services, classes, retreats and various other functions.
There are also additional benefits of membership in the temple:
The membership dues for our temple is one of the lowest in BCA. However, the current rates are as follows: $250 for individual members, $500 for families. This is the minimum donation, which may be given in two, four or monthly payments (please discuss with Membership Chair or Treasurer).
Of this membership fee, a portion is given to the BCA to maintain the National organization. A portion is submitted to our Eastern States District. Therefore, we have much less left for the running of the temple. As a result, we must rely upon our members' donations throughout the year. White envelopes are enclosed in our temple's newsletter for the major services (Eitaikyo, Hoonko, Obon, etc.) as donations are usually given during these services. All these contributions are used to keep the temple running.
Checks for membership dues may be mailed to the New York Buddhist Church, 331-332 Riverside Drive, New York 10025
We also accept paypal for your membership dues, and other donations.
Along with the giving of material goods, giving of labor and love for the temple also is encouraged. The unselfish concern for the welfare of the temple and community is taught from an early age.
Cleaning the temple building and grounds, setting up or putting away chairs, distributing Service Books, helping with bulletins or volunteering to help with events, among other tasks, can help us acquire this unselfish concern.
To become a member, download and complete the following form, or fill out an application after service (available in English and Japanese). Payment may be made in one lump sum, twice yearly or quarterly. It is your generosity that ensures our continuance.
Location of the New York Buddhist Church