A welcoming place and a nourishing community for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism, from the simply curious to the deeply committed.

  • Sunday Service: 10:00-11:45am
    Early Sunday Sit: 8:30-9:30am
  • Wednesday Service: 7:00-8:30pm
    Meditation and discussion
  • Morning Sits: 6:30-7:30am
    Mondays & Fridays
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(206) 259-3145
15401 Westside Highway, Vashon

SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:00-11:45am
Early Sunday Sit 8:30-9:30am.
Wednesday Service: 7:00-8:30pm
Meditation & Discussion
Morning Sits: 6:30-7:30am
Mondays & Fridays


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. We are happy to help.

When and where are your services?

Our Zendo is in the Havurat Ee Shalom Building, 15401 Westside Highway, Vashon WA 98070.

Early Bird Sunday
8:30 – 9:30AM at the Zendo

Sunday services with dharma talk
10 – noon at the Zendo
First Sunday includes a Children’s Program and Community Potluck

Monday night
7- 8:45PM at the Zendo
Three sitting periods, two walking meditation periods, tea, and one chant at the end of the evening

Wednesday night
7 – 8:30PM at the Zendo
Tea, chanting, one sitting period, one walking meditation and book discussion

Saturday morning
8 – 9:30AM outdoor at the land just north of the Harbor School
Meet at the trailhead area. Bring your own cushions (optional tarp or plastic for underneath) or camp chair

Monday and Friday morning
6:30 – 7:30AM at the Zendo
Tea, chanting, one sitting period, one walking meditation

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. On our Children’s Program Sunday (usually the first Sunday of the month–January 8 in January) there are also about a dozen kids.

Wednesday evening meditation and book discussion from 7-8:30.  Starting January 17 we will be reading “The Hidden Lamp”, stories from twenty five centuries of awakened women. No need to have read ahead of time-we read as we go. Most Wednesday nights, about 15 people attend.

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

We encourage you to wear whatever makes you comfortable and helps facilitate your practice.

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 its current location at the Havurah.

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.

Every second Sunday of the month, from 9 to 9:45am in the Havurah building, we also do a program called “Introduction to the Zen Center”.

In this introductory session, we briefly discuss meditation practice and posture, Zen practice, and what to expect at a Zen service. The regular Sunday service follows at 10am.

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.