Keep up to date on what's happening on the land. The upcoming events, how you can help, and our future plans.
Some background: In May of 2018, the Zen Center purchased a ~7-acre parcel of land just North of The Harbor School at 15816 Vashon Highway SW. We continue to hold most of our services at the Havurat Ee Shalom, 15401 Westside Highway, and look forward to developing this land in the future.
Some words from Koshin our Abbot on the land purchase:
Buying land separately from a building allows us to proceed more quietly and steadily, and to fundraise over a period of years.
In the pause between buying the land and building a zendo, we can cultivate the land, build trails, plant a garden, have picnics and moonlight sits. It is my hope that we will be able to continue to use the beautiful practice space of the Havurah, generously rented to us by the island’s Jewish community, as our Zen Center’s home for a number of years to come.
I am under no illusions about the work it will take to build on this island. The work may indeed take many years. When, some years from now, it’s time to build, we will need to have a big capital campaign. We’ll ask for the sangha’s help in many ways. It will be hard work.
On the other hand, we will be doing this hard work together as a sangha. I take great satisfaction in working together on projects with sangha members and feel that this hard work will strengthen us as a sangha, as well as challenge us.
When we build our own Zen Center, we build an opportunity for Zen practice to continue on Vashon long after we’re gone. We build a place where people we haven’t met yet; who might not even have been born yet; can come to discover the beauty and quiet of this ancient tradition.
I’m excited about the possibility of these next few years of dreaming, working, practicing, and building together.
February 2019 Property Committee News:
We received an anonymous complaint about the property from the county, and are just beginning to respond to it. But we met with a county representative who said that technically, being a residential property, we can’t hold regular events there.
There’s a way to get a conditional use permit from the county to use the residential parcel for religious use. We’ll start into looking into all of that with the county but it’ll take a while, and we’re not sure what all is involved with it.
Members are welcome to work on the land, sit in the small brown shelter in the woods, and walk the trail, on an individual basis.