Delta Beta Tau teaches Buddhist principles with an emphasis on awareness – The Daily Aztec
It goes without saying that Greek life is an important and popular aspect of socializing in the state of San Diego. However, many may not be familiar with SDSU’s Delta Beta Tau, the nation’s first Buddhist-based brotherhood.
Founded in 2015 with just 10 initial members, the fellowship has now initiated over 341 active members and established a solid foundation of weekly meetings, meditations, and community service.
The fraternity does not consider itself Greek, having only a small basis in Greek life. The main goal of DBT is to promote community service and get students to volunteer within the community in any way. Members often participate in cleaning up trash, making pet toys, food and clothing drives, and raising awareness for the homeless in the San Diego area.
There is a pledge program at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters for anyone interested in becoming an active member.
Active members have the chance to participate in monthly retreats and learn from a handful of guest speakers. The fellowship has had recent retreats in locations including a Buddhist monastery and their founding temple, Dharma Bum Temple.
Every Wednesday, DBT hosts a meditation at the Hillel Center, focusing on a different Buddhist principle each week, recently completing a series on the four Brahma Viharas. These Wednesday meditations are open to all SDSU students, and participants are encouraged to bring a friend with them!
Third-year interior design student and DBT Pledge Educator Mira Zizic shared how she discovered sisterhood and what she loves about community.
“I discovered DBT when a friend invited me to the Wednesday meditation,” Zizic said. “I appreciate that it’s a safe community that’s free from judgment and that everyone involved has the goal of becoming better people.”
Thriving during the pandemic, DBT previously adapted to changing standards in the wake of COVID-19 by continuing its normal schedule through virtual platforms, which keeps its community strong. Throughout the quarantine, members have learned to make an impact within their communities individually, by writing letters and participating in food distributions on their own.
Marie Bast, a primary education and theater student and president of DBT, shared more information about the organization and its values.
“In DBT, we call our community our Sangha. It’s basically our spiritual community, a group of people we can rely on and grow with,” Bast said. “It’s really just a bunch of open-minded students looking to be better people. If you meet our sangha you will be truly amazed by the beautiful minds we have and how open people are to sharing and exploring themselves – which is truly unique about DBT.
Bast explained that everyone is welcome in the fraternity.
“People in our organization are not necessarily Buddhists. You can be from another religion or have no religion at all. We discuss Buddhist philosophy, but don’t expect people to become Buddhists.
You can find more information on how to get involved with DBT by visiting their website Where instagram.