Becoming a member of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia is a great way to support our work, stay in touch via email bulletins and our newsletter, as well as getting membership perks such as priority when booking a 9-Day meditation retreat with Ajahn Brahm.
Applying for membership
Please download and fill in a membership form:
- Membership Form Chinese
- Membership Form English
- Membership Form German
- Membership Form Italian
- Membership Form Sinhala
Dhammaloka Centre, 18 Nanson Way, Nollamara, WA 6061 by cash, cheque, credit card or PayPal.
Other payment options
Please contact the Assistant Treasurer for other payment options.
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.
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.
- 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
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 https://bswa.org/membership/. 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.
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 https://bswa.org/membership/. 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.
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.