Join us for one of our services at the Zendo: 15401 Westside Highway, Vashon. 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
Join us on Zoom HERE
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An overview of upcoming events

To accommodate COVID-19 we are using Zoom unless otherwise noted.  To attend please go to and use password 108108. See times for our upcoming services. Follow along in our chant book.  First time? Find out what to expect here. All are welcome!

Fall Discussion Series: America’s Racial Karma

September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19 | 4-5:30PM
hands raised in protest at night, asking for racial justice..

Join us on six Tuesdays to discuss Dr. Larry Ward’s book America’s Racial Karma: An Introduction to Heal. Dr. Ward is an ordained Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition.

Genko Kathy Blackman – Sun-faced Buddha, Moon-faced Buddha

September 19| 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
metal Buddha in meditation with a moon and sunrise behind him

Genko Kathy Blackman will explore the moon in Zen, beginning with the koan, Case 3 of the Blue Cliff Record, Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha.

Fall Retreat – A Brisk and Lively Life

October 14 through 17

Zen seems to promote a meditative way of life.  Yet the 8th century teacher Linchi tells us that the true person of the Way is brisk and lively.  Paradoxically he says, to get there we must become a person with nothing to do.

Join us for an intense period of meditation, Qi Gong, dharma talks, and dokusan.

ZenArtSpin – Fall Dharma Study

Saturdays, October 23 through November 20| 10:00 – 11:30A

Join us on this five week journey of applying your Zen practice to understanding how art has intertwined with Zen through time and across cultures.

Together we’ll examine the Zen principles embodied in various arts, both in their traditional forms and in the ways they have emerged in modern Western art. Participants can join in – creating their own art embodying Zen principles. You don’t have to be an artist to create art. Stimulating, hands-on, and fun.

Puget Sound Zen Center

In-Person Covid-19 Guidelines (August 2021)

The Puget Sound Zen Center Board of Directors wishes to prioritize the health and safety of all who wish to attend events in person. Our policies regarding COVID-19 safety are a blend of the most current CDC guidance, King County requirements, and Vashon Island community considerations. These policies may change as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

Fully vaccinated persons are welcome to attend any outdoor in-person events. Those who are unvaccinated are asked to attend online via Zoom.

  • Those planning to attend in-person are not required to show proof of vaccination but are asked to register in advance (events are free) and to affirm vaccination status on registration.
  • Masks are optional at outdoor in-person events with the exception that masks are required for chanting.
  • Chairs and cushions will be placed six feet apart and attendees are encouraged to observe social distancing.
  • We will keep a record of those in attendance at both events.

Eventually we will have our first indoor sit at the proposed new Zen Center home (Island Funeral Services building). This sit will be dependent on the status of the property negotiations and on the changing Covid-19 situation. For an indoor in-person sit the guidelines are:

  • Fully vaccinated persons only at indoor in-person events. Services will be online for those who are unvaccinated or who are otherwise unable to attend in person.
  • Those planning to attend indoor in-person events will be asked to send proof of vaccination in advance to Jim Hunziker, who will maintain a list of vaccinated persons eligible to attend in-person.
  • Masks are strongly advised at all times for indoor in-person events, but may be removed for tea service.
  • Masks are required for chanting.
  • Chairs and cushions will be placed six feet apart and attendees are encouraged to continue to observe social distancing at all times.
  • We will keep a record of those in attendance