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Join us for one of our services at the Zendo: 15401 Westside Highway, Vashon. 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
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Zen Stories

The other day, I was at Suds, our local laundromat that has an insatiable appetite for quarters, in order to wash all our bathroom rugs...

Most days feel like a full out sprint just to keep up with the very basics of living and, if I’m honest, carving out some...

“Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” —Groucho Marx It was a beautiful summer...

There have been several times when I’ve limped up to Orcas Island in the hopes that It might fix things. What things these are I won’t...

suspended breathing in fawn nursing roses over the gate breathing out gravity is a hoax am I Let it go nothing separate nothing solid dreamily floating let it go the dream all is isnes let it go O   6/25/19 David Steel David...

A while ago I read an article about a homeless community in Los Angeles that puts on a production of Handel’s Messiah every year at...

In the last weeks of my Dad’s life, I would come home on the passenger ferry from a day of being with my Mom and...

I love etymology- the study of words and how they grow and change and move across time and through cultures. Through an understanding of their...

Woke up. This morning. Easily. Rested. So lithely alive. Sweet, after a month of wretched asthma. Breathing deeply, ahhhh. And I thought, if I were a...

A few years ago, when I was feeling really out of sorts, my psychologist recommended getting out in the garden and pulling up some weeds. When...

In spring of 2018, our Abbot traveled to Kyoto. Click here to read his travel blog. ...

Peace isn’t luck for six years stand facing a silent wall until the you of your face melts like a candle –Ikkyu   Don’t wait for the man standing...

This month in America we celebrate our freedom and independence. But according to Buddhism, we are not as free or as independent as we might...

I’m re-reading a book I first read as a monk in training – “The Gift of Fire” by Richard Mitchell.  It’s a book about thinking...

Earlier this month I led a retreat at North Carolina Zen Center, where I started my Zen practice 28 years ago.  Among the participants were...

That’s what I was taught during my training at Mt. Baldy Zen Center. It didn’t matter what your past was. It didn’t matter what mistakes you’d made....

As a landscape laborer in high school, I couldn’t believe the amount my boss told me to prune back bushes. “They’ll grow back better this way,” he said....