If you like attending any of our Special Events or if you want to support the continued success of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Kelowna or Canada or if you want to just support our Temple, please consider becoming a Member. Our Membership is growing and we want you to be a part of our vibrant community!
Temple Services and Facility Usage is outlined in this attached guide (see below), this is the basic minimum, should you feel our services were of higher value, we appreciate your financial support - In Gassho
The household (a family unit wholly dependent upon the member as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency) of one who has paid full membership dues, sustaining and JSBTC Assessments as set annually at the Annual General Meeting.
Voluntary contributions of more than the set fees will be greatly appreciated. Current Annual Assessment from the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada is $70 per member.
Sustaining Fees - BC Interior Shin Buddhist Temple Assessment is $80 per member - funds used to offset Ministerial costs
Membership Fee - $5 per person - includes voting privileges
The 2016 fees is $75.00 per person
No voting privileges and is not a member of JSBTC.
May attend all temple functions, but without the full benefits of Full Membership
If one wishes to remain a member after 2 years one must become a full member of the temple
Membership at the Temple
If you enjoy attending events at Kelowna Buddhist Temple, wish to play a part in the Temple’s work of supporting a vibrant Jodo Shinshu Buddhist community, or want to honor your family’s Buddhist heritage, please consider becoming a Member. Our membership is growing, as more and more people in the West seek an opportunity to learn about and practice Buddhism. We welcome your inquiries regarding membership and its many benefits, which include:
Simply fill out a membership application and submit it to Reverend Miyakawa or the Temple’s Director of Membership (Genevra Cavanaugh).
Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is a “grass roots” school, with an inherently democratic and egalitarian tradition. Historically, since its early beginnings in medieval Japan, Jodo Shinshu Temples have been sustained financially by lay members in this same manner. This tradition is still strong in Japan, as well as the many Jodo Shinshu Temples across North America.
In keeping with this democratic tradition, membership fees are decided and voted on by the Temple membership each January at the Temple’s Annual General Meeting.
Membership fees are used in the following general areas:
Sustaining Funds are responsible for the general cost of operations including Temple services in interior BC. Reverend Miyakawa serves all three Interior Temples, plus several Jodo Shinshu communities in other locations in Interior BC such as New Denver and Midway. Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada provides our Temple with oversight and connection to the broader Canadian Jodo Shinshu community. The 4% of funds that go directly to Kelowna Buddhist Temple are utilized for day to day operations and maintenance of the Temple. The Kelowna Buddhist Temple relies on its fundraisers throughout the year and donations for all additional funds required for general upkeep and operations at the Temple.