Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

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The Red Cedar Zen Community invites you to join us in the practice of Zen meditation. By settling the heart and mind in this very moment, we can bring a little more peace and openness to our lives and our world. Our Soto way emphasizes the daily practice of sitting meditation (zazen) and the integration of formal practice and daily life.

We follow the traditional forms of the Soto school of Zen with a spirit of warmth and inclusion. Everyone interested in meditation, whether brand new, experienced in other traditions, or schooled in formal Zen, is welcome to join our practice.

Our weekly meetings are every Wednesdays nights at 7pm, Friday at noon, and Saturday mornings at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall (see practice). Retreats of one to eight days are held annually at the Dharma Hall and a rented church camp in the Skagit Valley (see the Events list and calendar).

Orientations for new sitters are regularly offered at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and at other times by request. We also have retreats of one to seven days at the Hall and at rented facilities in the area (see events). The Dharma Hall is located at 1021 N. Forest Street, just south of Forest and Maple (two doors down from The Majestic). (see directions).

Meditation instruction and orientations are available for new students. Please call or write to arrange an orientation. You are also welcome to “just show up.”

Mailing List & Membership

Our email list offers occasional updates and the Responding Gate newsletter - Sign Up Here. Or consider joining Red Cedar Zen as a Member.

Sangha News

Registration is open for our annual Samish Sesshin beginning on June 16th. There is also a shuttle bus from SeaTac airport available this year and if you'd like to give or receive a ride see the Samish rideshare board.

Upcoming events

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