become a member
Becoming a member of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia is a great way to support our work, stay in touch via bulletins and our newsletter, as well as getting membership perks such as priority when booking a 9-Day meditation retreat with Ajahn Brahm.
Please note that your application will be processed only after both your payment AND the completed application form have been received.
If you are taking up membership to get priority booking for a meditation retreat, please submit your membership application well in advance.
Applying for membership
Once you have made payment, please download and fill in a membership form:
- Membership Form Chinese
- Membership Form English
- Membership Form German
- Membership Form Italian
- Membership Form Sinhala
- Membership Form Thai
- Membership Form Portuguese
You can also post the form to us. Please advise via email if you are choosing to post in your form.
Online (PayPal OR Credit Card)
You must include your membership number and or full name so that we can identify you. If you are a new member you need to complete and return the “membership form” as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to complete a membership form if you are renewing. Thank you!
If paying by direct debit bank transfer, you must include your membership number and or full name so that we can identify you.
You need to also specify in the deposit narration “membership payment” so that your money goes to the correct account. Thank you.
Download the Direct Debit form : BSWA_Direct_Debit_Application_Form.pdf
When making a direct deposit to the Buddhist Society of Western Australia please use the following details:
- Bank name: Bankwest
- Bank address: Bank of Western Australia (Bankwest), Davenport Street, Karrinyup WA 6018, Australia
- Name of account: The Buddhist Society of WA (Inc)
- BSB number: 306 073
- Account number: 0686932
- Swift code: BKWAAU6P
- BSWA address: 18-20 Nanson Way, Nollamara, WA, 6061, Australia
Dhammaloka Centre, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara, WA 6061 by cash, cheque, credit card or PayPal.
We now have an envelope that you can use to lodge your membership payment at any of our locations. Fill in the details and put it into the donation box. The envelope looks like this.
You do not need to complete a membership form if you are renewing.
Pay online by shopping cart i.e. above where it says “PayPal”. Once you have paid, we will receive notification of this, but must include your membership number please or at very least your full name so we can identify you.
Alternatively pay by direct debit (see direct debit instructions on this page); specify ‘membership payment’ and include your full name and if possible membership number.
If you have any queries please email our Membership’s Secretary: email@example.com.
Why become a member?
The Buddhist Society of Western Australia (BSWA) offers membership to anyone who wishes to support the Society’s aims of encouraging the teaching, practice and realisation of Buddhist principles, and of helping to make these teachings and practices available to the general public.
As a member of BSWA you receive:
- All members receive our high quality newsletter, the Enlightened Times, by mail if you wish.
- All members have borrowing rights for books and CDs from BSWA library’s extensive Dhamma collection.
- Full members have priority for places at BSWA 9 Day Retreats at Jhana Grove Meditation Retreat Centre in Serpentine.
- Full members have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting and are eligible to apply to join the Committee or become office bearers of the Buddhist Society of WA.
- Good karma by supporting the BSWA, which provides Buddhist teachings free of charge locally and internationally via its acclaimed website and YouTube channel, and runs two monasteries, as well as a purpose built meditation retreat centre.
- All members must abide by the Constitution of the Society. Copies are in the Library and on the BSWA website.
Associate, Full or Youth Membership?
Associate Membership: many new members start with an Associate Membership as they first begin to learn and practise Buddhism. We welcome Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to support the Society by applying for this membership.
Youth Membership is free of charge for those under 18 years of age.
Full Membership is open to practising Buddhists who have taken the Three Refuges and the Five Precepts with an ordained Buddhist monk or nun. If you are unable to do so, you may take the precepts online here https://bswa.org/practices/taking-five-precepts-online/. Once you have taken the precepts, please inform the Assistant Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lifetime Membership is available for both Associate and Full members. This is equivalent of 20 years membership and will save you ever having to renew again this lifetime!
How do I apply?
You may apply for Youth or Associate Membership by completing Part A, B and C of the membership form.
A Membership form is required for all types of membership. You can download it above. Email or post the completed form to email@example.com or the BSWA at PO Box 3135, Yokine WA 6060, Australia. You can also give the form to a monk at Bodhinyana, nun at Dhammasara, or the Admin Officer at Dhammaloka.
All new Full Membership applications need to be endorsed by our Spiritual Director Ajahn Brahmavamso (Ajahn Brahm), Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery or one of his representatives. Please approach them in person for their signature or if you live outside of Perth contact our Assistant Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The same annual fee of $50 applies to both Associate and Full membership; an Associate membership can be upgraded to Full at any time at no extra cost.
Please submit your application and payment at the same time.
The Buddhist Society of Western Australia takes its privacy obligations seriously and will use all reasonable care to secure and protect any personal information collected. The information that we gather from you is used in administering the services that we provide. We will not use the information for other purposes or pass it on to any third party without your consent except as required by law.