Join us for one of our services at the Zendo: 18005 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070, (previously Island Funeral Services.) Feel free to come 10 minutes early for instruction, or just jump right in.

  • Sunday Service: 10:00am-12pm
    Early Sunday Sit: 8:30-9:30am
  • Monday – Friday: 6:30-7:30am
  • Monday Evening: 7:00-8:45pm
  • Wednesday Evening: 7:00-8:30pm

Joshu’s Four Gates-Teshin Matthew Sweger

Joshu’s Four Gates-Teshin Matthew Sweger

Teshin Matthew Sweger speaks at the Zen Center, May 28, 2023

Teshin Matthew Sweger is the teacher and resident priest at the North Carolina Zen Center. He was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 2004 by Lawson Sachter Roshi, a Dharma successor to Philip Kapelau Roshi. Teshin received Dharma transmission from Sevan Ross, a Dharma successor to James Myoun Ford Roshi. Teshin also served as the Buddhist Chaplain for the University of Rochester for 5 years and continues his work as a licensed psychotherapist and carpenter. Teshin and his wife Dana relocated to Pittsboro in 2017 to take up residence at the NCZC.