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

Membership & Donations

Become a member or make a simple donation. There are many ways to support the Sangha.

Become a Member

Wherever you live, and whether or not you can join us in person, we would welcome your becoming a member of the Puget Sound Zen Center. You may find your membership benefits you in various ways:

  • Receive a discount on retreats and events.
  • Deepen your commitment to your practice.
  • Help sustain a growing Zen community.
  • Membership dues and donations are tax deductable.

We are a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization. Tax ID: 43-1986006

We invite you to become a member of the Puget Sound Zen Center.

Membership levels

Please consider making a one-time donation to support the Sangha.

Other ways to support us

Please consider a donation to our scholarship fund to help others attend retreats and programs.

PSZC Scholarship Fund Donations

Please consider making a one-time donation to support the Sangha.

An Invitation from Koshin

Friends of the Puget Sound Zen Center

This year, along with talks from various Zen teachers, we have listened to an illustrator, an addiction specialist, a Jewish social worker, a Catholic with stage four cancer, an Episcopal priest, and a coffin maker. I believe the practice of Zen includes learning lessons from others. Spiritual life is not a competition between paths, but an honest exploration into the nature of ourselves and our world. Zen is a finger pointing at the moon, not the moon itself, and other traditions can help us discover the moon and live more comfortably in the moonlight. I want the Zen Center to be a place of serious practice, and a place where we listen to others. It is my belief that we can have both.

To realize this vision, we have to keep a strong core of Zen practice, deeply rooted in silence. We have to get to know the basic forms and rituals of Zen, its philosophy, and its history. We have to get good at this particular practice.

And we have to get good at connecting with others. Living on an island, I have gotten to know my neighbors and their talents and beliefs more deeply than I might have otherwise. I know something about the lives of a few grocery baggers and I know some of the hopes of the evangelical minister whose church is on my street. I think our island Zen Center has become a place where we can get to know people of different backgrounds and beliefs better, and learn from them.

This combination of seriousness and openness, of silence and discussion, of formality and flexibility may be challenging for us to embrace sometimes. But I believe it also makes our sangha stronger, more resilient, and more understanding. Won’t you join us?

If you have thought about becoming a member, I encourage you to take the plunge today. If you have been following us from afar or attend zazen regularly, and if you appreciate the work that we do, the very best way that you can give back is by becoming a member. If you are already a member, we hope that you will consider increasing your monthly membership.

We appreciate any gift you can give as our sangha grows into the future.


Koshin Chris Cain
Abbot, Puget Sound Zen Center