Becoming a member of Dharma Gates involves an informal commitment to live by the following principles:
I will maintain an ongoing commitment to self-inquiry for the benefit of all through maintaining a meditation practice, as well as through other forms of contemplative practice.
I will, in an ongoing way, make efforts to discern which of my actions are harmful to myself or other beings. I see that this is not self-evident, and that serious inquiry is often required to see both harm and benefit. I will gradually work to be of benefit and reduce harm while maintaining an attitude of kindness towards myself.
Members are highly encouraged to attend regular meditation with existing student groups at their university to promote community and support others in their practice. Much of the power of these principles comes from participating in a community that shares them. If your university does not have a Dharma Gates Chapter already, or the existing Chapter needs support, we encourage you to consider becoming a Chapter Leader.
The next layer of membership involves leading a chapter at your college or university. In addition to the previous two principles, Chapter Leaders work to organize events and ensure that a weekly meditation schedule is maintained on their campus which is open to the wider campus community. Chapter Leaders receive a greater degree of support in their personal practice, priority to attend Dharma Gates events, and the opportunity to strategize with the Dharma Gates facilitators and other ambassadors about improving their communities. We will help to connect Chapter Leaders to quality meditation instructors to bring to campus and share tools and strategies to get funding from universities to support campus-wide initiatives and events.
After a year of serving as an Chapter Leader, a student will have:
Friends across the country who share their interests in meditation and social transformation.
Significant experience in fundraising for, organizing, and facilitating on-campus events.
Letters of recommendation from Dharma Gates facilitators.
Many opportunities to go deeper in their personal meditation practice than they otherwise would have.
Collectively, this amounts to a transformative experience for the individual and skills to bring with them into their future endeavor
If you’re interested in becoming a Chapter Leader, attend one of our events or fill out an interest form.