A note about costs

Sun Mountain Zen Sangha has a number of costs associated with the provision of the services it offers to its members and visitors. Once a year, a budget is established at the AGM, which aims to forecast these costs as well as the income generated by the Sangha.

Briefly the income we receive covers the following:

Hall and Venue Hire for our weekly, monthly and yearly events, sponsorship of people unable to pay for Zen events, public Liability Insurance, advertising for introduction days, Internet costs, tea and coffee, cushions, meditation stools, mats, bowls, incense, candles and other instruments used in Zen rituals, printed matter, postage and handling costs, cleaning costs, and reimbursement costs to teachers as agreed annually by the management committee.

It should be noted that, at present, the teachers are not paid for their teaching services to the Sangha. They are however reimbursed for some of the costs associated with providing the teachings.

Costs should not be a hindrance to our practice. No student will be refused the teachings based on costs. All of the costs associated with Zen practice at Sun Mountain Zen are suggested costs. We aim to sponsor anyone not able to afford an activity related to our practice.    


Sangha Fee structure

Sun Mountain Zen has a membership fee structure (see below).

All financial contributions by members will be held, as much as practical, confidential between the treasurer and the individual member.

Financial contributions to Sun Mountain Zen offer the following options:

Annual membership fees (1 January to 31 December)

Inclusive Option

Inclusive option is $530 per year. (or $44.20 monthly)

It includes:

  • Membership and voting rights for SMZ INC
  • Dokusan (individual interviews with your teacher)
  • Weekly sitting fees (Aspley, East Brisbane, Kenilworth)
  • A discount of $100.00 on Sesshin fees

Membership Only Option

Membership only option is $290 per year. Membership can be paid in full, or monthly ($24.20) by transfer to our bank account.

Membership only option includes:

  • Membership and voting rights for SMZ
  • Dokusan (individual interviews with your teacher)
  • Does not include evening sitting fee
  • Does not qualify for Sesshin discount

Casual weekly Sitting fee for East Brisbane and Kenilworth

  • $5 per week

Individual Events

  • Day retreat or Zenkai $30.00 excluding food.
  • Two-day retreat or intensive $ 270.00 includes food and sleepover.
  • Sesshins, to be confirmed depending on venue

Payment method

Preferably, all payments should be deposited directly to Sun Mountain Zen’s Bank Account.

Please ensure that you include the description of your payment or event with any deposit you make.

Name of Account:Sun Mountain Zen
Account Number:10166486
BSB:064 163
Reference:Your name followed by payment description