Applying for membership
Payment methods
Membership renewal
Why become a member?
Associate, Full or Youth Membership?
How do I apply?

Take the 5 Precepts Online

Applying for membership

Please download and fill in a membership form:

Please send your application form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Lucky, our Assistant Secretary at

You can also post the form to us.

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Payment methods

In person

Dhammaloka Centre, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara, WA 6061 by cash, cheque, credit card or PayPal.


How Many Years?
Membership Type

Other payment options

Direct Deposit Donations

We have introduced a new way to make regular ongoing donations to BSWA where you are able to sign up to direct debit and tell us how much and how often you would like to make your contributions, and we will set up the payments for you.

Download the Direct Debit form : BSWA_Direct_Debit_Application_Form.pdf

The information below explains how to make a direct bank deposit to the Buddhist Society of WA.

When making a direct deposit to the Buddhist Society of Western Australia please use the following details:

  • Bank name:             Westpac Bank
  • Bank address:         Shop 36 Bull Creek Shopping Centre, Bull Creek, WA, 6149, Australia
  • Name of account:    The Buddhist Society of WA (Inc)
  • BSB number:           036 302
  • Account number:     34 1307
  • Swift code:               WPACAU2S
  • BSWA address:       18-20 Nanson Way,  Nollamara, WA,  6061,  Australia

The funds will be transferred to the relevant account as specified by the donor.

Donors should specify in the deposit narration or in an email to ‘’ the account from the list given below where the donation should be transferred to.

  • General Expense Fund
  • Dhammaloka Building Fund
  • Bodhinyana Expense Fund
  • Bodhinyana Building Fund (Includes Jhana Grove building projects)
  • Dhammasara Expense Fund
  • Dhammasara Building Fund
  • Jhana Grove Expense Fund
  • Membership payment

For Australian taxpayers, donations to building funds are tax exempt when the donations are used solely for buildings

Membership Renewal

You do not need to complete the form if you are renewing.

When paying online, use  your full name and membership number so that we can identify you. Please email the Secretary if you have any queries.

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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:

  • Our high quality quarterly newsletter, the Enlightened Times, by mail or email
  • Borrowing rights for books and CDs from BSWA library’s extensive Dhamma collection
  • Full members: Priority for places at BSWA 9 Day Retreats at Jhana Grove Meditation Retreat Centre in Serpentine
  • 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 web site
  • Receive our bulletins and the Enlightened Times
  • Have their Membership application endorsed by the BSWA Committee
  • Receive a Membership card

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Associate, Full or Youth 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 to 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 at Once you have taken the precepts, please inform the Assistant Secretary.

Fully Paid Membership is available for both Associate and Full members for the equivalent of 20 years membership and will save you ever having to renew again in this lifetime!

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.

Only Full members have voting rights and are eligible to be office bearers of the Society.

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How do I apply?

You may apply for Youth or Associate Membership by completing Part A, B and C of the membership form.

For Full Membership, we need your Membership Application Form to be endorsed by our Spiritual Director, Ajahn Brahm, a co-abbott of Dhammasara Monastery, or their representatives (please approach them in person for their signature).

A Membership form is required for all types of membership. You can download it from Email or post the completed form to the BSWA at PO Box 3135, Yokine WA 6060, Australia. You can also give the form to a monk at Bodhiniyana, nun at Dhammasara, or the Admin Officer at Dhammaloka.

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Privacy Statement

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.

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