PSZC

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
Join us on Zoom HERE
Email pr@pszc.org to request password
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Groups

There are many ways to be involved with the Sangha.

Racial Healing Group

We are a racial affinity group.

We meet, discuss, and lean into the ways that Buddhist practice can help us learn to recognize racism in ourselves and our environment, and respond with wisdom and compassion. As a group, we help each of us reflect and hold ourselves accountable. We invite others to learn with us as part of the commitment to be present to these issues in a way that transforms our sangha and the wider community.

Soon we will post a collection of resources that have inspired us to expand the paradigms of our thinking about race. Questions? Contact justice@pszc.org

Here is a statement from the PSZC Board, in July 2020, Reflecting on the Legacy of Racism.

Zen Death Group

Talking about living and dying.
The Zen Death Group meets online twice monthly on the second and fourth Mondays from 12- to 1 or 1:15. We discuss, from a Buddhist perspective, issues surrounding death – our own and other’s – and how these experiences effect the way we live our lives. Members take turns facilitating the sessions and topics are predetermined. Often there are readings or other material that participants are invited to look at and ponder in advance if possible. New folks are very welcome. The meetings can be accessed through the standard PSZC Zoom link; 511-706-4990. Please contact death@pszc.org for the password or if you have any questions.

Food Bank Garden

Dirt, sweat, and growing things – we love it. Thanks to the passionate and robust efforts of Shuko Sissel Johannessen the PSZC now supports an impressive vegetable garden for the Vashon Food Bank.

Shuko will be in the garden every Monday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-11:00am.  People are invited to stop by then or work an hour whenever they have time.  There are a few tools on site, but feel free to bring your own.

Please contact Shuko Sissel Johannessen at shuko@pszc.org for directions to the garden or to discuss ideas for the garden or any questions you might have.

Sangha Care Team

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.

Email: care@pszc.org

 

 

Zen Trash

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.

Program currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions

Library

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 zendo. 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.

Community IFCH Dinners

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.

Program currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions

Qigong Saturday with Anshin

Relax. Breathe. Move.
Join us in the ancient practice of harmonizing body and mind using simple, easy to follow meditation in motion.

You will learn breathing techniques that generate free- flowing energy in the spirit of non achieving. and removing hindrances for health benefits. See our calendar page here for more details.

All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Precepts

The precepts orient a practitioner’s heart toward noticing the effects their actions have on others.

In order to receive the precepts at PSZC a person must perform each of the five zendo officer positions (jikijitsu, shoji, densu, mokugyo, and tenzo) for 6 months. Then the candidate takes the precepts class for a year. Classmates study and discuss how ones actions affect other people and to act in ways that cause suffering with the guidance of the abbot and prior preceptors.

Read more about the precepts here.

There are opportunities to create your own interest group.

Please contact us for more info.

Email: programs@pszc.org