The Sangha Care Team provides a structure for Sangha members to support one another through the difficult times we all inevitably face. Jean, Sharon and Koshin serve as contacts for those who need assistance. They coordinate requested help such as meals, shopping, rides to doctors’ appointments, home and hospital visits and more.
The Zen Center periodically holds a year-long class in preparation for taking Buddhist precepts – a formal commitment to the Zen path. To be eligible, preceptors serve in a variety of officer roles in Zendo services (shoji, jikijitsu, etc).
If you are interested or curious please contact Koshin to talk further.
Zen Stories is a section of the website where preceptors and teachers share their reflections on practice and life.
The PSZC library consists of about 400 books on topics including Zen Buddhism, other Buddhist traditions, world religions and spiritual practices, psychology, end of life, literature, arts and culture. The library is located in the basement of the Shalom Ee Havurat Building. Everyone is most welcome to browse the collection. The library contents can also be browsed in the online catalogue. The procedure for checking out books is contained here.
PSZC volunteers serve a meal the Methodist Church on the second Monday of each month for around 22-32 people as part of their commitment to the Inter-Faith Council for the Homeless (IFCH). We need help to make this happen.
Here is a link to a sheet on the internet we use to coordinate the dinners. It tells the date of the next dinner and what the main dish will be. There are also suggestions for other food that would go well with the main dish, and other suggestions are welcome.
Puget Sound Zen Center has adopted Cove Rd from 129th Lane SW to Vashon Hwy SW.
We are committed to keep this section of road clear of trash at least twice a year – and we always need help.
Volunteers must complete the Individual Participant Release Form and watch the Safety Video. Per King County rules, no minors are allowed. Email completed forms or drop them off at the Zendo in the Zen Trash envelope hung on the bulletin board.
Parenting can be challenging! Sharing experiences and lessons learned with fellow parents often provides new perspectives and new approaches to addressing these challenges. Discussions will NOT focus on Zen topics, but a thread of mindfulness and compassion will run through the sessions. All are welcome.
Meetings happen on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the library. More info here.
There are opportunities to create your own interest group.
Please contact us for more info.