Upcoming events

PSZC-Slider-9Unless noted otherwise, our sits take place at Havurat Ee Shalom, located at 15401 Westside Highway SW, Vashon Island, WA.

Sunday services with dharma talks, 10-11:45am

Our weekly Sunday service is from 10-11:45am, and includes tea, chanting, meditation periods and a dharma talk.

July InterDependence

7/2  – Happy Interdependence Day: Let us praise our interconnection

7/9  – “Shadows on the Grass” by Alex Echevarria

Alex Echevarria is a retired teacher of history and philosophy.  In 2007 he was honored by the US-Japan Foundation as the Outstanding Japanese Humanities teacher in the United States.  Alex has lived and traveled extensively through Japan and China, and his artwork is influenced by these aesthetics.  He moved to Vashon Island in 2013, where he and his wife began WabiSabi Studios.

The talk will be called “Shadows of Grass” and will focus on the Jizō-san, a Buddhist bodhisattva (saint).  The Jizō is known for assisting women in childbirth, guiding travelers, and watching over children to protect them from harm.  However, he is most known in East Asia for saving lost children from the underworld and consoling grieving parents.

7/16 – Farther Tryphon: Incarnating the Divine in the Midst of the World

Abbot Tryphon, a former psychologist, has been a monk of the Eastern Orthodox Church for about 35 years. He is cofounder, together with Hieromonk Paul, of  the “All-Merciful Saviour Monastery”. The monks relocated the monastery to Vashon Island from Southern Oregon, in the Spring of 1988.

7/23: “Leonard Cohen and the Rightful Place of Suffering ” by Koshin Chris Cain

The Buddha told his followers that they have to find wisdom the hard way.

7/30: “We Interare” Thich Nhat Hanh and Interbeing by Peggy Rowe

Peggy has her Doctorate in Adult Education and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has also studied and practiced with many wise Native American elders. As a teacher, she blends the four-fold path with her Buddhist practice. Peggy became a lay minister in 1994 and an ordained Dharma teacher in 2000. She has joined Thich Nhat Hanh in international exchanges through the world and served as staff for retreats in USA.


Wednesday services with book discussions, 7-8:30pm


Wednesday night services include sitting and walking meditation, and a book discussion. We’re currently reading through Thich Nhat Hanh’s “The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Sutra”.

The book is read out loud during the discussion, so there’s no need to have read the book beforehand. All are welcome!


Children’s Program, first Sunday of the month, 10am

Come join us the first Sunday of the month for our Children’s Program and Community Potluck! All are welcome!

Our Children’s Program engages children and teens in an interactive and fun exploration of basic Buddhist concepts and practices like mindfulness, compassion, kindness and connection.

Adults and children start the morning together with a brief shared tea service and singing or chanting. Children’s Program teachers and children then head outside for “follow the leader” (child-friendly walking meditation) before breaking into their age groups for games, stories, and art and theatre-based activities. Adults are welcome to join their children or stay in the meditation hall for sitting meditation, walking meditation and a dharma talk.

Each month, the program focuses on a different Buddhist theme.

Upcoming themes:
August 6: Mindfulness

New families: please arrive by 9:45 am to get settled in before the 10am service.

Questions? Email kids@pszc.org

About our teachers:

Serena Maurer loves exploring Buddhism with children and teens! Serena is a teacher, facilitator, writer and parent. After facilitating conversations about oppression and change in university classrooms for fifteen years, Serena began offering mindfulness, compassion and social justice programming for organizations and schools. She has developed and facilitated writing, mindfulness, yoga and social justice programs for children, youth and adults. Her teaching focuses on connection, listening, and repositioning students as knowledge-bearers by cultivating trust, openness and flexibility towards inner and collective learning.

Introduction to the Zen Center


Every second Sunday of the month, 9 to 9:45am (downstairs in Havurah building)

In this introductory session, we briefly discuss meditation practice and posture, Zen practice and what to expect at a Zen service.

The regular Sunday service follows at 10am.

You can also come by 10 minutes before any of our sits to get a quick orientation, or just come on in and follow along.  Typical practice includes tea, chanting, and 20-25-minute periods of zazen meditation. No previous meditation experience is required.