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Legally, International Zen-Temple gem. e.V. has the status of a non-profit organization ("Verein") under the German Civil Code. It is registered at the register of associations of the District Court of Berlin-Charlottenburg. Thereby, International Zen-Temple gem. e.V. is officially recognized as a body corporate and is entitled to use the abbreviation "e.V." in its name.

The Revenue Office for Corporations I of the State of Berlin has attested that International Zen-Temple gem. e.V. pursues exclusively religious and charitable aims and is therefore acknowledged as being of public utility ("gemeinnützig", abbr.: "gem.") under the regulations of the German Fiscal Code.

The statutes of International Zen-Temple gem. e.V., updated in 2005 by decision of the general meeting, define in detail the purpose and activities of International Zen-Temple gem. e.V. as well as its internal structure. The statutes provide that the abbot of the temple is the supreme spiritual authority, whereas worldly affairs are also being discussed in the executive board and in the general meeting. Both executive members' meetings and general meetings are convened regularly, the general meeting usually once a year.

Whenever a general meeting takes place, the results of the deliberations are written down by the secretary of International Zen-Temple gem. e.V.

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