The Mahone Bay Meditation Centre is operated by the South Shore Buddhist Meditation Society (SSBMS), a non-profit society incorporated under the Nova Scotia Societies Act. The entire operation is run by volunteers. Membership in the Society allows you to make better use of the facilities offered at the Centre. Three types of membership are available:
- Pillar members are those who are able and willing to help to keep the roof over our heads. Their contributions are essential to maintain the financial sustainability of the Centre and to make up for any shortfalls. Pillar membership dues are $660 per year ($55 per month). This includes all regular meditation sessions, supplementary programs, and access to the Centre at times when there is no scheduled activity. In addition, Pillar members will be offered one free special program per year and a 20% discount on all other special programs.
- Core members are our foundational membership block and are key to the Centre’s existence. Their contributions provide an important source of income for our operations. Core membership dues are $240 per year ($20 per month). This includes all regular meditation sessions, supplementary programs, and access to the Centre at times when there is no scheduled activity. Core members are offered a discount of 10% on all special programs.
- Associate members are those who do not participate in sessions at the Centre on a regular basis, or who wish to contribute to the Centre for the benefit of others. Associate membership dues are $60 per year. Associate members are offered a discount of 10% on all supplementary and special programs.
All who pay dues will be voting members of the Society. Since the Society does not have charity status, no tax receipts will be issued. We welcome drop-in guests who may attend three free regular program sessions, after which we would appreciate a per-session donation.
Memberships are annual from January 1st to December 31st, pro-rated if you join later in the year. In addition to the membership form, please specify your intended membership level when you submit your payment.
A membership form is not necessary if you are renewing your membership. If you would like to do this at the end of the year, we would be grateful if you would do so in December, or at least no later than January 15th of the new year.
For payment options please see below.