Come join us the first Sunday of the month for our Children’s Program and Community Potluck! All are welcome!
Our Children’s Program engages children and teens in an interactive and fun exploration of basic Buddhist concepts and practices like mindfulness, compassion, kindness and connection.
Adults and children start the morning together with a brief shared tea service and singing or chanting. Children’s Program teachers and children then head outside for “follow the leader” (child-friendly walking meditation) before breaking into their age groups for games, stories, and art and theatre-based activities. Adults are welcome to join their children or stay in the meditation hall for sitting meditation, walking meditation and a dharma talk.
Each month, the program focuses on a different Buddhist theme.
New families: Please arrive by 9:45 am to get settled in before the 10:00am service.
Waking Fully to Living and Dying is a PSZC program that was first started in 2011, and has gone through several forms over the years.
The focus has been on practicing to face death squarely in order to live more fully.
For two of those years, Carol Spangler, Cheryl Ellsworth, and David Steel led popular intensive workshops entitled Waking Fully to Living and Dying, which had some 50 Vashon graduates.
During that time, the purely Zen Center group was re-named FOLD (Friends of Living and Dying), which held monthly meetings for discussion, and also sponsored such events as the Full Moon Cemetery Sit and the annual Death Our Companion.
Sissel is happy to talk to you about becoming part of this community, and the current plans for the group.
The Practice Plan is a program offered to PSZC members to help you define, stick to, and deepen your practice. There is no cost, but you must be a member in good standing. Long distance participation is also possible!
Enrolling requires a sincere and sustained effort. You will create your own personal practice plan for daily life, and whatever your personal circumstances, there are many ways to practice.
With support from Koshin, you will finalize and commit to your practice plan for the coming year, and be enrolled in the Practice Plan program. At the beginning of each quarter you will revisit your practice plan, tweak if necessary, check in with the teacher, and re-commit for the coming months.
Periodically the Zen Center holds a year-long class in preparation for taking Buddhist precepts – a formal commitment to the Zen path. Our next round of classes starts in 2018, and will conclude with the taking of precepts in 2019.
To be eligible for the class, preceptors serve in a variety of officer roles in Zendo services (shoji, jikijitsu, etc).
If you are interested or curious about joining the current preceptor class, please contact Koshin to talk further.
PSZC volunteers serve a meal the Methodist Church on the second Monday of each month for around 22-32 people as part of their commitment to the Inter-Faith Council for the Homeless (IFCH). We need help to make this happen.
Here is a link to a sheet on the internet we use to coordinate the dinners. It tells the date of the next dinner and what the main dish will be. There are also suggestions for other food that would go well with the main dish, and other suggestions are welcome.
Puget Sound Zen Center has adopted Cove Rd from 129th Lane SW to Vashon Hwy SW.
We are committed to keep this section of road clear of trash at least twice a year – and we always need help.
Volunteers must complete the Individual Participant Release Form and watch the safety video. Per King County rules, no minors are allowed. Email completed forms or drop them off at the Zendo in the Zen Trash envelope hung on the bulletin board.
There are often opportunities to create your own interest groups that can meet periodically. The PSZC Women’s group meets every few months to discuss ways of experimenting with the Zen form as women, to socialize and have fun! We normally have a quarterly potluck/get-together.
Please contact us for more info about setting up your own group, or connecting with the women’s group.