Support BMZC

Membership/Donations to Beginner’s Mind Zen Center

Beginner’s Mind Zen Center is supported and sustained by donations from our members and friends… people like you!

While no one is turned away for lack of funds at BMZC, donations of any amount help maintain the zendo, zafus, zabutons, incense, website hosting, Zoom membership, and other miscellaneous expenses that allow the sangha to maintain our practice and community.

We’re also on Venmo! @beginnersmindzc

How to Support BMZC

Make a Donation
– Any amounts are appreciated! Please make a donation by clicking the Donate button above. PayPal account is not required.

If you prefer a check, you can send it to:
Beginner’s Mind Zen Center
9325 Lasaine Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325

Become a Member
– If you’d like to consistently support BMZC, becoming a member is a great way to do so. The current suggested donation for a member is $50 a month. Some members pay less or more depending on their financial situation, as the amounts of contribution can be discussed and adjusted. Please don’t hesitate to contact our teachers at to talk to them about becoming a member. Most members make automatic payments via PayPal/credit card. We offer discounts for meditation retreats for members.

Come to the Retreats
– Please take a look at the suggested donation amounts for retreats we offer.


Retreat Attendance Online (via Zoom)

Sesshin and Zazenkai Retreats are currently being held exclusively online via Zoom, in order to comply with state mandates for social distancing. Since meals are not provided for participants attending a retreat online, our recommended fees have been lowered, as follows:

Two Full Days — Attendance all day, both Saturday and SundayMembers: $30
Non-members: $40
One Full Day — Attendance all day, either Saturday or SundayMembers: $15
Non-members: $25
Each Partial Day — Partial attendance, one or both days of the retreatMembers:
$10, each day of partial attendance

$15, each day of partial attendance

Paying Fees: Use the “+ Add special instructions to the seller” feature during the PayPal process, indicating that your payment is not a general donation, but is specifically for retreat fees.