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
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An overview of upcoming events

Zen Jam 2 with Daryl & Eva

Friday, August 9| 7:00 – 8:30PM | Puget Sound Zen Center

Join us for our second annual Zen Jam featuring Daryl Redecker and his student Eva Cain. Daryl is a musician, composer and one of Vashon’s most sought-after guitar teachers.

Yard Sale and the Temple!

Saturday, August 3 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Puget Sound Zen Center

Find Emptiness in August

Clean Out Your Closets for the PSZC Yard Sale!

Take this opportunity to clean out your closets and garages and help us raise funds for our Temple. Some items will be priced, but most will be “By Donation” only.  ALL proceeds will go to PSZC.

All Sangha Picnic

Saturday, September 14 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Puget Sound Zen Center

Join us for our annual Sangha Picnic. Bring a dish to share! Click here for more details.

Day Sit (West Seattle)

Saturday, September 21 | 8:30AM – 5:30PM | Fauntleroy Church, UCC | No Zoom
Zen Center Meditation Retreat

Please join us for a day of Zen practice. Our teacher will be Abbot Koshin Cain. Our day-long retreat, in the Rinzai tradition, will include seated and walking meditation, chanting, a dharma talk, and the option of meeting privately with one of our teachers.

The retreat is in person only. Masks are optional. Bring a sack lunch.

Fall 2024 Zazenkai

October 9 – 13, 2024| Puget Sound Zen Center
Buddhist monk in traditional garb

Please join us for this non-residential retreat at the Zendo on Vashon. Our teacher will be Koshin Chris Cain.

Dongshan and the Interplay of Absolute and Relative

The T’ang Dynasty monk Dongshan wrote the Verses of the Five Ranks, which have been used as a framework for spiritual development by both Rinzai and Soto schools.   They are a meditation on the interplay between the absolute and relative that can be a valuable guide to our practice.

The zazenkai will run:

  • Wednesday 9 Oct 7-8:45 pm. (Beginner’s instruction at 6 pm)
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-12 Oct. 6:30 am- 8:45 pm.
  • Sunday 13 Oct- 6:30 am- 5 pm

Fall 2024 Dharma Study

October 17 – November 5, 2024| Puget Sound Zen Center | Zoom
A torso of Buddha with hand raised signifying teaching

Please join us for our Fall Dharma Study at the Zendo on Vashon. Our teacher will be Koshin Chris Cain. You may attend in person (limited seats) and via Zoom.

There will be six class sessions (in person and on Zoom) on Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The class will meet on Oct 17, Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7, and Nov 15.

In the class, we’ll study portions of 16 ancient Buddhist texts.  By the end of the series, you will have gained:

  • An appreciation for the basic teachings of the Buddha, and what concepts and practices were most important to him.
  • An understanding of the ancient world that the Buddha inhabited, and the context for his teaching.
  • An idea of how these ancient texts relate to your Zen practice.
  • A better appreciation of some of your sangha members.

There will be five classes on five successive Thursdays.

For this class you’ll need to buy or borrow a copy of Basic Teachings of the Buddha by Glenn Wallis.

Each class will consist of lectures, small group discussions, and large group discussions. My aim is to connect the old texts we’re studying with Buddhist and Zen practice. I hope you’ll bring both your analytical, philosophical self and your personal, spiritual self to each class.