Zen Tradition in the Pacific Northwest
Three Treasures Sangha of the Pacific Northwest (TTS) is a lay Zen group located in Seattle, Washington and affiliated with the Diamond Sangha, an independent lineage founded by Robert Aitken Rōshi, a dharma heir in the Sanbō Kyōdan (Harada-Yasutani-Yamada) lineage.
Our form is derived from the Japanese tradition, favoring simplicity. While we focus on individual sitting meditation (zazen), we also recite texts (sutras) together. Talks and private interviews with the teachers provide a chance to ask questions and to refine our understanding. Our practice emphasizes experience over concepts, so no beliefs are necessary; it allows us direct experience of underlying reality, so it is not in conflict with other faiths. This practice fosters concentration and clarity of mind, going to the core of all spiritual work.
All aspects of the practice are designed to foster immediate engagement with the boundless totality available to us all. Our practice is both personal and engaged with community and the world in which we live. We warmly invite you to join us.
Getting Started with Three Treasures Sangha
You do not need to be a member of Three Treasures Sangha to sit zazen with us. If you’re a beginner, though, we ask that you attend an orientation with us about how to sit zazen.
To learn more about the opportunities to practice with us, visit the Our Practice page.
If you’d like to become a member please visit our Join Us page.
Dharma Gate is our primary zendo. Located in south Seattle, it is a renovated house with a zendo, kitchen, library, dokusan room and beautiful garden. Our weekly and monthly sittings, and garden retreats are held here.
Dharma Gate is located at 1910 – 24th Ave S. P.O. Box 12542 Seattle, WA 98111
Three Treasures Sangha is associated with Mountain Lamp, a rural retreat center located in beautiful Deming, Washington. Three Treasures holds its fall sesshin there every year, and it is a place where our teacher offers practice opportunities in the Robert Aitken tradition.
To find out more about Mountain Lamp retreats, go to the Events page on its website.
Three Treasures Sangha
1910 – 24th Ave S.
P.O. Box 12542
Seattle, WA 98111
Teacher: Jack Duffy