Zazen, Zen Meditation, is the Center of our Practice and

Daily Life

Olympia Zen Center is slightly open for practice on a limited schedule due to the increase in Covid/Omicron.   Health Department requires that you show evidence of a full vaccination against Covid-19. We fully encourage everyone to receive a vaccination and a booster for their own sake and for others around them. All of our events can be found on Zoom.

Poetry Night

7:00 p.m.

January 5, 2022

Write your own poem and share together in recognition of Poet/Priest Ryokan.

On Zoom




One-Day Retreat  January 15

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Day of silent reflection and renewal.

Limited in-person and on Zoom.



Olympia Zen Center has an opening in mid October for one or two persons, or a couple, to live in residency and contribute to the ongoing practice and dynamic health of our Sangha. Residents keep the Zazen schedule, assist with administration, support the efforts of the Board, help in the garden, and can train in all aspects of Soto Zen. Residents pay a small tuition and can also have part-time employment outside. We are a diverse and good humored Sangha who value those who support our practice. Please phone for an application: 360-357-2835.

We look forward to a return of Inoue Kando Roshi.

Please watch this space for details on Zoom live from his temple, Shorinji in Japan

"Unless one knows the essence of studying the Way, it is impossible to practice it; for how, otherwise could one determine what is right and what is wrong? Those who now study the Way through the practice of zazen naturally transmit this essence."

Eihei Dogen Zenji

Founder of Soto Zen

More About Our Practice

Zen sitting, Zazen, is our most important matter. All of our actions begin with the spiritual practice of Zazen which is the deepest form of prayer. We also hold ceremonies in which we chant, voicing the Buddhadharma.

The Zafu

The Zafu cushion is used to  sit quietly in meditation, but we also offer benches and chairs. This makes it suitable for all ages and abilities to experience profound and restorative silence as we sit together.

Zendo and Dharma Hall

The Zendo, or Dharma hall is our sacred place of practice. A statue of the Buddha reminds us of the virtues advocated in Zen practice and exemplified by the Buddha and our two founders Eihei Dogen Zenji and Keizan Jokin Zenji.

Zen Sitting Together

In this challenging and changing world, we come together to support one another as we sit in silence and strengthen our resolve to Awaken and serve life in the best way possible.

"The moon and the earth are one
and myself one with them."