PSZC

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
TUES & THURS-SUN EVENING: 7-8pm
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FAQs

Everyone has questions. We hope to answer some of them here.

Have a Question?

Everyone is the welcome whether you are a newcomer or a long-time practitioner. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us at programs@pszc.org. We are happy to help.

When and where are your services?

Currently, all of our events are online on Zoom here. Password 108108. When it is safe to meet in person again, we will publish our addresses on Vashon Island and West Seattle.

Early Bird Sunday Service
8:30 – 9:30am on Zoom.
Tea, two 25-minute sitting periods, one walking meditation.

Sunday Morning Service
10:00am – 12:00pm on Zoom.
Tea, chanting, two 25-minute sitting periods, one walking meditation, and a dharma talk. First Sunday includes a Community Potluck

Monday Evening
7:00-8:45pm on Zoom.
Two sitting periods, one walking meditation period, tea, chanting, and a book discussion or dharma talk. 

Wednesday Evening
7:00 – 8:30pm on Zoom.
Tea, chanting, one sitting period, one walking meditation and a book discussion. No need to have read the book beforehand–we read together as we go.

Monday through Friday Morning
6:30 – 7:30am on Zoom.
Tea, chanting, one sitting period, one walking meditation

Saturday Morning
8:00am – 9:00am on Zoom.
One sitting period followed by Qi Gong, a gentle movement exercise

What can I expect from one of your services?

There is tea, chanting, 20-25 minute periods of silent meditation, and walking meditation. Our Sunday morning services include a dharma talk, and our Wednesday night services include a book discussion (we read as we go–no need to have read the book beforehand).

Most Sunday mornings there are about 20-25 adults.

Wednesday evening meditation and book discussion from 7-8:30.  Currently we are reading topical articles taken from Buddhism-oriented publications. No need to have read ahead of time-we read as we go. Most Wednesday nights, about 15 people attend.

Monday through Friday mornings, early Sunday mornings, and Monday nights are a smaller crowd-up to half a dozen people, and no dharma talk or discussion.

Can I come to the Zen center if I’m new to Zen meditation?

Absolutely! We welcome people from all different mediation/spiritual traditions and those who have never meditated and are curious.

Come by to check us out.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing loose-fitting clothes. Feel free to bring any cushions or meditation equipment of your own–we also have plenty at the Zendo. We encourage you to wear whatever makes you comfortable and helps facilitate your practice.

What are the people like?

Some at the Zen Center have been practicing Zen or other forms of meditation for decades and some are just starting out.  Some attend services with other spiritual communities in addition to Zen.  Wherever you are in your spiritual practice you are welcome here.  Our community is open to all regardless of age, ethnicity, religious affiliation, disability, or sexual orientation.

Our Abbot Koshin Christopher Cain trained at Mt. Baldy Zen Center for 12 years under Joshu Sasaki Roshi.  He is a member of the American Zen Teacher’s Association.  Koshin is married to Soshin Lidunn Cain and they have two children.

For information on our Abbot and our current Board members, see here. 

How long has the Zen Center been on the island?

The Puget Sound Zen Center was founded in 2003.  It started above an orthodontist’s office in the IGA parking lot, then was at the Mann Studio near KVI beach for several years. In 2015 the Zen Center moved to the Havurah Ee Shalom Building. In 2020, a branch was started in West Seattle. We are now searching for new locations for when we are able to meet in person again.

Where can I get some intro instruction, or some guidance on basic etiquette?

Come 10 minutes before any service, and we’ll give you some brief instructions. Or just walk on in and follow along.

We periodically host free “Intro to Zen” classes.

Also, here are a couple of talks from our Abbot on breathing and posture: talk 1 and talk 2

If I can’t sit cross-legged can I come?

Absolutely. If you come visit us, you can choose to sit on a cushion on the floor (you can use multiple cushions in whatever comfortable configuration works for you), or you can choose a chair, a stool, or a kneeling bench.