Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

About Membership

For more than 30 years, Red Cedar Zen has offered a Soto Zen practice community in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner Mind. Most of our activities and events are open to everyone; you do not need to be a member in order to participate. However, as a non-profit organization with no outside funding source, we rely on a broad base of support to cover our operating expenses. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

One way to support our community is to become a member. We have a wide variety of membership levels to choose from, for all income levels. It is not our intention to turn away anyone who is sincerely committed to zen practice. Please see our Membership Form for a list of available membership levels and to start the process of becoming a member or renewing your membership. 

Red Cedar Zen Community benefits greatly from your membership, but you benefit as well.

Benefits of Membership

  • Supporting a growing Zen practice community and the Everyday Zen experiment of a committed lay practice. Numerous opportunities to work together with other members to sustain our practice and organization.
  • Periodic updates by email of events at Red Cedar, plus Responding Gate, our monthly sangha newsletter.
  • Access to our Teachers and Leaders.  As a Member, you are invited to approach any of our Teachers and Leaders for private discussions about your practice, mentorship, and formal training - for more on these options, please visit our Going Further page. Our Guiding Teacher is also glad to perform ceremonies for members including weddings, funerals, blessing ceremonies and health and well-being ceremonies.
  • Discounted fees for retreats and classes.
  • Eligibility for grants and scholarships for retreats hosted by Red Cedar Zen Community, and those hosted by other groups.

Other Ways to Support the Sangha

In addition to becoming a member, there are other ways that you can support the sangha:

  1. DONATE: Make a One Time Donation to Red Cedar Zen Community.
  2. DANA: Support our teachers directly through the Donate to a Teacher page.
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