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
SUN MORNING: 8:30-9:30am & 10am-12pm
MON-FRI MORNING: 6:30-7:30am
MON & WED EVENING: 7-8:30pm
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There are many ways to be involved with the Sangha.

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.


Kaj and Anshin in their black Buddhist robes.

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.

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.




Food Bank Service Project

Zen Center member Shuko holding a cabbage for the food bank

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 for directions to the garden or to discuss ideas for the garden or any questions you might have.


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.

Other Groups

There are opportunities to create your own interest group.

Please contact us for more info.