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    Early Sunday Sit: 8:30-9:30am
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Blogs & Stories & Radio Show

Stay connected through Podcasts and Dharma talks.

Zen Radio Show and Zen Stories

Zen Crossing Radio Show

In a 2017-2018 radio show, Koshin Chris Cain and guests
discuss connections between spirituality and everyday living.

Zen Stories

A collection of stories, recollections, and everyday revelations from our preceptors and teachers.

Archived Podcasts

We have archived a selection of recorded talks. Please feel free to download and listen at your leisure.

Reflecting on the Legacy of Racism

We at Puget Sound Zen Center, like so many in our country and indeed the world, feel anguish at the tragic loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and of so many other Black lives – to violence stemming from systemic racism which has been a part of this country’s legacy since its very beginning.

Though we feel we are a welcoming community, the truth is we at PSZC have not put enough work into the issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and bias. We commit to being present with these issues in a way that transforms our sangha and the wider community. We commit to directing the fruits of our practice toward acknowledging and reducing discrimination based on race in our sangha, our community, and our world.

Every day we vow to transform the three poisons, greed, hatred, and ignorance. Surely these are the poisonous roots that have fueled racism for millennia – greed for wealth and superiority; hatred of the other; and ignorance of our fundamental commonality. How shall we transform these poisons?

Every day we chant “Beings are numberless, I vow to liberate them.” How shall we liberate ourselves from the unconscious biases we hold? How shall we liberate others from their biases, and how shall we liberate others from the harm caused by racism?

As an institution we must do our part. We recognize that the work will be difficult and uncomfortable at times, but we are committed to that work, guided by a vision of a world in which racism, hatred, and greed are transformed into compassion, love, and inclusivity.

Koshin Christopher Cain, Abbot
Genko Kathy Blackman, Adjunct Teacher
Board of Directors
Karen Hedlund
Diane Sweetman
Elizabeth Nelson
Jean Spohn
Carol Spangler
Josh Lawler

July 2020

Juneteenth: an invitation to practice


With every sit, we take four vows. This celebration – Juneteenth – is itself a dharma gate we can enter.
It carries a legacy of greed, hatred and ignorance, and an opportunity for us to know nothing, be
present, and better embody the Buddha’s way.


Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery.

On his arrival in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, General Granger read General Order Number 3, announcing that all slaves are free.
He had the backing of federal troops to ensure this order was implemented. Celebrations arose spontaneously, then became an annual tradition – spreading across Texas and, over time, across the country.


But dig deeper. The significance of Juneteenth is as complicated as our country’s history.


Ready for goosebumps? Listen to and watch this powerful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.


In that song, we can hear and see the impact of what has described as America’s Racial Karma.
We invite you to be present to the voices quoted in this Crosscut article. They share:

  • Anger at false promises of equality. From the war of independence, to the Emancipation Proclamation, through Civil Rights movements and Black Lives Matter; the struggle for equality continues.
  • Defiant, courageous joy that black people thrive, overcoming fear, hatred and violence. This is a celebration of a resilient culture, resisting ongoing attacks with faith, love, strength, food, singing.
  • Optimism for the future. Hope lies in community unity and healing work, building on a legacy of resistance and liberation.
  • Growing awareness is bittersweet: Juneteenth has personal significance. It’s a time to recharge; to plug into “joy as a revolutionary act”. There is fear that this will be co-opted by those who haven’t
    lived the struggle – becoming just another day for a picnic or sale.


Join us as we enter this dharma gate. Honor the day; don’t let it slip by. Read, listen, sit… we will soon be adding some of our favorite podcasts and articles here.
Support black businesses in the celebration, and recognize the depths of it.


May we act to transform our country’s racial karma.


– from the Racial Healing Group