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membership information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Member!  CTBC is sustained through the generosity of our Members. 

We extend a heartfelt invitation to become one of our valued Members.  By doing so, you contribute to our Mission to cultivate compassion and loving-kindness, based on the philosophy and methods taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

Scroll below to learn about the benefits of membership, levels of membership, and additional information. Click the button above when you're ready to join!


Questions? Contact Esther Wieman, Chair, Membership Committee at 


why become a member?


Sunday Sangha at CTBC

  • Membership allows us to provide a modest living stipend for our Spiritual Director, Venerable Lama Losang Samten, here in Philadelphia. 

  • Membership provides the critical funds to maintain the operations and security of our precious Center at 954 North Marshall Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

  • It also enables us to share the precious teachings of Lama Losang and our senior and guest teachers to so many across North America.

what are the benefits of membership?

  • CTBC Prayer Book: All members receive a complimentary CTBC Prayer Book for their personal practice.


  • Discounts on Dharma Courses, Workshops and Retreats: As a Member, you will enjoy 20% discounts on Dharma courses, workshops, and other programs throughout the year.


  • Member Meetings:  The CTBC Leadership Team hosts two special Members Meetings (in-person and via Zoom) each year to provide updates on Center operations, financials and programming.  


  • Personal Mentoring:  We offer personal mentoring through our successful Kalyana Mitta "spiritual friends" program.  You will have the opportunity to be paired with a CTBC senior teacher to discuss meditation and other questions to support your practice.  


  • Supporting Sangha Services and Practices: Your membership dues directly supports all Sunday Sangha Services and recurring weekly and monthly practice events. These programs are the cornerstone of our Dharma offerings and provide opportunities to practice the Dharma together as a Sangha.


Levels of membership

Our levels of membership provide opportunities to participate at all resource levels:​

  • Honoring - $15/month ($180/year)

  • Supporting - $30/month ($360/year)

  • Sustaining - $60/month ($720/year)

  • Advancing - $110/month ($1,320/year)

Membership Discounts: Annual commitments paid by check, in full, by January 31are eligible for a 10% discount.  For families with two adult members, the donation requested for the second member is 50% of the amount of the first member. 


No one is ever turned away due to lack of resources.  We also offer a Dharma membership level where service and volunteer work is offered in lieu of monthly membership dues.


Payment Methods

Your recurring membership dues can be sent through the convenience of PayPal where you can select from several different payment methods.  You can also mail in a personal check or set up a monthly bill that is paid through your online banking system.  Both methods would be mailed to CTBC.    
The Chair of our Membership Committee will be happy to help you through this process.  Just click "Become a Member" to get started and they will contact you directly.

Come and Join Us!

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