Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Weekly Practice Schedule (all online with Zoom)

Online Zendo Schedule. Connect with this link: https://zoom.us/j/5601791305 
                                         (contact us for the password, info@redcedarzen.org)

Monday - Thursday 7am - 7:30am a simple morning sit: zazen, and brief dedication of merit. Verses used are available here. 

Wednesdays 7pm - 8:45pm  Zazen, kinhin, service, and a Dharma Talk (usually with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett). You may wish to print the Downloadable printable Chant Book so you can participate fully in service.

Saturdays  7am - 8:30am Zazen, kinhin, zazen, and the full morning service. Followed by "coffee time" - be ready with some coffee or tea to make and hang out afterwards. You may wish to print the Downloadable printable Chant Book so you can participate fully in service.

Sundays 10am - Noon (Weekly starting in January 2021) Our "Zen Alive!" program with zazen, kinhin, Dharma Talk, and service. Our Sunday program has frequent guest speakers. You may wish to print the Downloadable printable Chant Book so you can participate fully in service.

Note that Dokusan (private check in) meetings with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett are available during all zazen period when Nomon is present.

RESOURCES

  • Info on using Zoom and connecting to our Virtual Zendo: Zoom - Online Zendo
  • Downloadable Printable Chant Book (click the link to download our chant book as a PDF document reformatted for home printers)
  • Doan directions are updated and available on the Chanting page
  • Memorial and well being lists: add any names for our morning health and well-being and memorial ceremonies which conclude each of our 5 morning services each week.
  • The brief morning verses for our Monday-Thursday practice a

Live In-Person Zendo Activities - see above for current online schedule

Please also see the Getting Started page if you are new to Zen practice.

    Wednesday Evening Program

    • Wednesday evenings, orientation 6:30pm, practice 7:00 – 9:00pm.   
      Private interviews (dokusan) with the teacher are available as a part of the evening.

    Saturday Morning Program

    • Early Morning Practice: every Saturday morning 6am – 8:30am (zazen, service, temple cleaning) and breakfast).Includes breakfast 8:30am – 9:00am on the 1st Saturday of the month typically. Breakfast is served every Saturday during our Winter Practice Period.See below for schedule details. Arrival options later than 6am are available.
      Private interviews (dokusan) with the teacher are available as a part of the morning.

    Weekday Mornings

    • Weekday Mornings, 6:30am – 7:15am Dharma Hall open sit - note this is not a formal Zen sit.

    WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAM

    Our central weekly practice and community meeting. The usual pattern is: 1st Wednesday of the month Precepts Ceremony, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of the month Regular Schedule, and if there's a 5th Wednesday of the month we have the Member Appreciation & Sangha Conversation. The Winter Practice Period Schedule is used from mid January to early March each year and the Dharma Seminar Schedule is used in July.

    If you would like to have a private interview (dokusan) with our Spiritual Director, Nomon Tim Burnett, simply put out the white card on your cushion as invited by the Ino (meditation call director). Practice Discussion and Dokusan with our other teachers and leaders is often available as well.

    Wednesday evening schedules:

    Precepts Ceremony Schedule 
       (1st Wednesdays)
    6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
    7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
    7:40pm Zazen 
    8:10pm Precepts Ceremony
    8:50pm Refuge Chant & Close
    Regular Schedule 
       (2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays)
    6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
    7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
    7:40pm Zazen 
    8:10pm Service (offering, bowing, chanting)
    8:25pm Dharma Talk
    9:00pm Refuge Chant & Close

    Member Appreciation & Sangha Conversation
       (5th Wednesdays)
    6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
    7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:40pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
    7:50pm New Member Appreciation Ceremony
    8:05pm Sangha Conversation (open, counsel style 
                   community conversation)
    9:00pm Refuge Chant & Close

     Winter Practice Period Schedule
               (January & February)
    6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
    7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
    7:40pm Zazen
    8:10pm Kinhin
    8:20pm Zazen
    8:50pm Refuge Chant & Close
    Dharma Seminar Schedule 
       (Wednesdays in July)
    6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
    7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:40pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
    7:50pm Service (offering, bowing, chanting)
    8:05pm Dharma Talk & Discussion
    9:00pm Refuge Chant & Close 

    Doksuan (private interviews) with Spiritual Director Nomon Tim Burnett are offered during zazen periods. Typically you set out a white index card on your cushions to signal to Tim’s assistant that you would like a meeting.

    SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM

    Every  Saturday morning we offer early morning mediation. On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month a potluck breakfast follows. Sitting early in the morning is a powerful part of the Zen tradition and we are happy to be offering it on a regular basis.

    Saturday Morning Meditation Schedule

    6:00am zazen (opening with robe chant, early morning bells, and priest’s jundo)
    6:25am kinhin
    6:35am zazen
    7:00am kinhin
    7:10am zazen
    7:40am service (longer morning service)
    8:10am soji (template cleaning)
    8:25am 1st / 3rd Saturday of the month: potluck breakfast
    (with oatmeal, coffee and tea provided)
    or close.

    SATURDAY MORNING ARRIVAL CHOICES: Please note that this is a flexible schedule. Please avoid entering or leaving the zendo during zazen (sitting meditation). Come at 6am for the entire program or arrive on the half hour for: the second (6:30am) or third (7:00am) zazen period, service (7:30am) or soji and breakfast (8:00am). If zazen in in progress when you arrive just wait in the lobby until you hear the bell then enter quietly and take your place standing before an empty cushion or chair.

    1st & 3rd SATURDAY MORNING POTLUCK BREAKFAST: A pot of oatmeal, tea and coffee are made that morning at the Dharma Hall for community breakfast. To keep cooking work to a minimum we invite each person coming to bring a small potluck item. Suggestions: a bowl of nuts, fruit, bread, or anything that can be added to a bowl of oatmeal.

    Dokusan (private interviews) with Spiritual Director Nomon Tim Burnett are offered during zazen periods. Typically you set out a white index card on your cushions to signal to Tim’s assistant that you would like a meeting.

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