Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Upcoming Events (full list)

Note: Want to see what else is happening in the building in case you as a member want to go by for individual practice of to use the library (or you're part of a sangha group wanting to meet)? Please see the Building Calendar.

Upcoming events

    • 11 Apr 2018
    • 5:45 PM
    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 6:45 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
    • 1
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    A monthly precepts study group with Nomon Tim Burnett and Ryushin Andrea Thach.

    The Zen Precepts are a powerful tool for awareness that integrate the philosophy and attitude of Zen training with everyday life. 

    Who? (1) All Red Cedar Zen Members are invited to join. The group is not drop-in: students should have the intention to attend all 6 sessions and the two day retreats. (Schedule below, some is still preliminary)

    (2) Students moving towards Jukai are expected to attend all 8 sessions. Please talk to one of our teachers or senior students before the first meeting if you are interested in receiving Jukai this year. (For more on Jukai and other training options at Red Cedar please see: the Going Further page on the website).

    Use the registration form to RSVP to join the study group. Interested in receiving Jukai? Please speak with a sangha teacher.

    What? 
    A monthly study group with readings done ahead from 3 key books on the precepts supplemented by additional articles and reflections. Each group meeting will include discussion, experiential exercises, and reflection in small groups on what these precepts mean for us as human beings and students of Zen.

    In between meetings students will be invited to reflect on how the precept in focus shows up in their life and will asked to do some kind of active response. This response would be written, artistic or verbal. At each meeting a new assignment for the next month will be offered by the teacher of that month’s group.

    When? 

    Meeting 1 - Wednesday April 11th, 5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Meeting 2 - Wednesday May 2nd, 5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Meeting 3 - Wednesday May 30th, 5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Meeting 4 - Wednesday June 13th5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Meeting 5 - Wednesday July 18th5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Meeting 6 - Wednesday August 8th5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Meeting 7 - Wednesday September 5th5:45pm - 6:45pm

    Cohort Retreat - Sunday October 7th, 9am - 3pm

    Meeting 8 - Wednesday October 24th5:45pm - 6:45pm 

    Precepts Retreat & Ceremony - Saturday November 3rd,  6am - 5pm (ceremony at 3pm).

    More on receiving Jukai
    For those it suits, receiving Jukai is a wonderful step and provides the student with a focus and structure in practice also also offers the sangha support and nourishment through the student’s publicly made commitment to practice and precepts.

    If you’re interested in in receiving jukai: you must receive permission from a sangha teacher. Speak either to Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett, Sangha Teacher Ryushin Andrea Thach, or to one of our Mentors who have been shuso and are authorized to support you in preparation for jukai: John Wiley, Edie Norton, Talus, Bob Penny, Chris Burkhart, or Kate McKenna.

    To clarify: in addition to attending the Precept Study Group and receiving permission from a sangha teacher, in order to move towards jukai you will also be meeting with a sangha teacher to discuss your process of engaging with the precepts privately in Practice Discussion or Dokusan.

    And it’s important to note that it’s wonderful and complete to study the precepts without approaching jukai and that receiving jukai and wearing the rakusu is not a requirement (or a blanket recommendation) in our sangha. It’s a choice and a discernment to be made with a teacher. (For more on Jukai and other training options at Red Cedar please see: the Going Further page on the website).

    Texts:
    Diane Rizzetto, Waking Up to What you Do
    Robert Aitken, Mind of Clover
    Reb Anderson, Being Upright

    Please use the registration form at the left to RSVP if you intend to come to study group.


    • 02 Jul 2018
    • 06 Aug 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    Who was Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,” and the founding teacher of San Francisco Zen Center? 

    What is his teaching that continues to inspire eight decades later?

    Meet him and explore questions of why he was such an influential teacher. We will look the major themes in his teaching, which are both straight from the heart of Dogen’s Zen and unique to his understanding and encounter with the West.

    5 Mondays 7:00pm - 8:30pm evenings classes from July 2nd through August 6th (skipping July 30th).. There will be lecture, Q&A, and small group and some exercises. Plan on some readings between classes.

    Please review this Bibliography for the class and consider starting to read before the class starts.

    Ryushin Andrea Thach, a long time student of one of Suzuki Roshi’s early disciples, Sojun Mel Weitsman, will lead. Dana for the teaching is discretionary.



    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225

    Cancelled due to scheduling issues. We hope to reschedule the ceremony in the Fall.

    A ceremony to mourn the passing of children who have died.

    The loss of a child impacts our lives indelibly.  No matter how the child dies, born or unborn, whether through illness, accident, miscarriage, abortion or suicide, our sorrow is deep and may be long-lasting. 

    Jizo Bodhisattva is a Buddhist figure known as the guardian of children, women and travelers, and particularly of children crossing over from this life. 

    The Jizo Ceremony is a traditional Buddhist ceremony that allows family and friends to give time and space to open to our grief and acknowledge the children whose passings have touched our lives so deeply.

    Facilitated by Zen priests and teachers Ryushin Andrea Thach and Nomon Tim Burnett of Red Cedar Zen Community.

    • 29 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice in 2018 on the last Sunday of each month.

    We'll enjoy sitting and walking meditation in this peaceful yurt Zendo in  the largest clearing in several hundred acres of woodlands and the source of four watersheds.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP register so that we can plan accordingly.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: This quiet rural practice space is available to Red Cedar, other local sanghas and retreat groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is also available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page

    • 29 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 11
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    A silent 3-day Zen meditation retreat on the topic of busy-ness.

    Red Cedar Zen is delighted to announce a new, financially accessible, silent Zen sesshin at Samish Island Campground.

    The retreat revolves around the Zen koan:

    As Yunyan was sweeping the ground, Daowu said, "Too busy."

    Yunyan said, "You should know there's one who isn't busy."

    Daowu said, "If so, then there's a second moon."

    Yunyan helpd up the broom and said, "Which moon is this?"

    Come meet the one who's not busy and gaze up for the second moon when we come together for three days and nights of silent practice of sitting, walking, and work meditation in this beautiful church camp on the water on Samish Island in the Skagit Valley. 

    There will be oryoki meals, daily dharma talks by Nomon Tim Burnett, dokusan with Tim, and an extended afternoon work period. 

    The three-day sesshin runs from 5pm on Sunday July 29th until 6pm on Wednesday August 1st.

    In appreciation of the fuller work period (2-3 hours), and that we'll be doing our own food, our Samish Campground hosts have generously offered to reduce the rate significantly.

    Schedule: (full time attendance only)
    Sunday - arrive by 5pm to set up the zendo and be ready for evening practice starting at 7pm. Note that no dinner will be served, bring a snack as needed.
    Monday - 5am - 9pm silent sesshin day. 3 oryoki meals.
    Tuesday - 5am - 9pm silent sesshin day. 3 oryoki meals.
    Wednesday - 5am - 5pm sesshin day. Oryoki breakfast and lunch.
          After afternoon work we'll clean up and out at about 6pm. 

    Prerequisites & Requirements
    To benefit from being at a Samish Sesshin please sign up only if you have done Zen meditation with a community and can commit to silent practice, do your best to follow the entire schedule, and stay on the Samish grounds for the duration.

    Food
    The retreat includes 3 simple vegetarian meals per day starting with breakfast on Monday. Meals are taking with the oryoki eating bowls. Plan on bringing your own set or purchasing one from Red Cedar Zen.

    Housing: Housing is provided with three options:

    E-Cabins are recently built multi-room cabins with a bathroom shared by one neighboring room:

    E-Cabin, solo room, $80-$120 sliding scale (only 4 available to us, please consider sharing)

    E-Cabin, shared room: $70-$110  sliding scale (8 spots available in 4 rooms).

     e-Cabin Exterior

     e-Cabin Interior

    Rustic Cabins - simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's. Camp style bathrooms in a separate building. Most rustic housing will be private (not shared), however if couples or friends are willing to share a cabin this can make a difference in accommodating everyone if the sesshin is full.

    Rustic cabin, solo room, $60 - $100 sliding scale

     Rustic Cabin, exterior

     Rustic cabin, interior


    Tent
     - you can bring a tent and camp on the lawn. A lower cost option.

    Tent Option: $50 - $90 sliding scale

    Notes on fees:
    1) Dana (teacher donations) is not included in these fees. Registration fees cover retreat costs with any extra to Red Cedar Zen Community for our ongoing expenses and costs. An opportunity to make teacher donation (dana) will be available at the site.

    2) Paying higher on the sliding scale enables us to offer scholarships. In the registration process you first pick your housing and stay length which adds the base fee. Then additional funds may be added on the next screen.

    Registration Note:
    Until June 1st, registration is open to Members of Red Cedar Zen Community, Seattle Soto Zen, Saltspring Zen Circle and Mountain Rain Zen Community only. Open registration will begin June 1st.

    Scholarships
    Scholarships are available for all of our events on request. Please contact the registrar.

    Samish Island Campground

    We have rented the Community of Christ's wonderful camp at the eastern end of Samish Island for over a dozen years for our residential retreats. A wonderful place where sea meets sky.

    11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    Map and Directions


    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner
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    An easy stroll into the deep primeval woods of our region. Mediation, ritual, contemplation and community. NEW: we'll stop at Nooksack Falls, please bring sack lunch.

    Join sangha for a Zen experience in the Old Growth forest remnant off of Mount Baker Highway.  This spot is the home to the oldest living beings of our local area.  We make this visit annually to connect with the wisdom and peace of the grove.

    Parking is limited to 2 or 3 spots and carpooling is essential. Meet at the Dharma Hall at 9:00am, or at the grocery store in Nugent's Corner at 9:30am. After our easy walk, meditation and ritual in the Old Growth grove, we'll stop at Nooksack Falls with a sack lunch for additional practice and ceremony at the largest waterfall in our watershed. We'll return to the Dharma Hall at about 3:00pm.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 14 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 19 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham and Mount Baker Wilderness
    • 4
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    Our original wilderness excursion: now in it's 18th year, now expanded with a 4th day on the slopes of Mt. Baker.

    Inspired by Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra (Sansuikyo), this retreat includes silent backpacking through a beautiful old growth hemlock forest to a seldom-visited base camp at Mazama Park, just south of Mount Baker at the foot of Park Butte. Activities include traditional Zen practice, a short solo exercise, and opportunities for day hiking. The retreat is appropriate for new meditators and beginning backpackers.

    Tuesday evening - arrive 5pm
    Wednesday - Nature awareness retreat, packing 
    Wednesday evening - zazen at Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    Thursday - Sunday  4-day moderately strenuous backpack.


    Led by Reizan Bob Penny & Nomon Tim Burnett
    Please see www.RedCedarZen.org for details.


    Detailed Itinerary:

    The group prepares for the mountains in the lowlands at Hidden Mountain Zendo with an evening of practice, a day of nature awareness and packing, an evening at Red Cedar Zen Community's main zendo in Bellingham, leaving early Thursday morning for four nights in the wilderness on the slopes of Mount Baker.

    Arrival & Zen Orientation - Arrive at Hawk Meadow farm on Tuesday evening ideally at 5pm with time to set up your tent before dinner and an evening of practice.

    Nature Awareness Workshop - Wednesday 10am - 3pm. Engaging the senses and slowing down together in the rich natural area around Hawk Meadow Farm.  Formal meditation practice will be combined with outdoor explorations and encounters.

    Packing & Preparation -  Wednesday 3pm - 5pm. An essential time to get our packs together, ready for a early departure on Thursday morning.

    Zazen with the Community - Wednesday 7pm - 9pm


    Going to the Mountain - Early Thursday morning we leave for Mount Baker. Our trailhead is 2 hours drive away. Hiking in to our base camp in silence hiking and stopping for trail-side rituals along the way we arrive at our base camp for dinner. The shape of our journey is a pilgrimage, stopping at ritual sites along the way to recite Dogen's Mountains and River Sutra.

    3 Nights on the Mountain: At our base camp in Mazama Park we establish a zendo and practice sitting and walking meditation, solo wilderness practice, and day hiking with a mix of formal silent times and informal times. 

    Returning from the Mountain. On Sunday morning we hike back in silence completing the ritual sutra mapping of the mountain.

    Return Time We generally reach the trailhead again on Sunday between 4pm and 6pm arriving back at Hawk Meadow Farm in Bellingham between 7pm and 8pm. This is a hiking event so arrival time can vary. 

    More Details

    Cost includes breakfasts, dinners and trail parking passes and pre-registration via the website, plus a telephone interview with Bob to assess questions around hiking gear and fitness.

    NOTE: The base cost for this retreat does not, however, provide any compensation to the teachers.  Instruction for our Wilderness Retreat programs are offered on a dana basis.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    Registration required, please click the "Register" button on the left to being the process.

    There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.

    • 16 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
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    Join us at this required training in order to participate in the Family Promise Program. Please RSVP or contact Judith directly if you can attend.

    The Family Promise Program is an opportunity for members of RCZC to connect with another faith community while helping families experiencing homelessness regain their independence through supporting shelter, meals and community.
    Details about the program are available at  familypromisewhatcom.org.

    With our board's approval, RCZC has been designated a "Support" congregation, paired with First Congregational Church of Bellingham (one of 13 "Host" congregations).  In this role, we at Red Cedar would help hosting the families at FCCB for one week each quarter (7 consecutive days about 4 times a year).  

    The next scheduled host week during which RCZC volunteers will be supporting FCCB in housing families is Sunday, September 30 - Sunday October  7.  

    There is a Volunteer Training scheduled on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall.

    If you're interested or have questions, please be in touch with Judith @ 360-733-7244 or jkoontz@premier1.net.

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS:
    1) Family Promise is a program whose mission centers on providing shelter, meals and community to families experiencing homelessness, helping them regain independence.  In Whatcom county, it is part of Interfaith Coalition which is a partnership of diverse faith communities that works to improve the lives of local people in need focusing on housing for families experiencing homelessness.  With our board's approval, RCZC has been designated a support congregation for First Congregational Church of Bellingham.

    2) Participating in the program provides not only an opportunity for direct service to families in need but also an opportunity for volunteers to connect with another faith community in Bellingham.  This connection is supported by pairing "Host" and "Support" congregations.  See the website: familypromisewhatcom.org for details.   Note: each congregation hosts about one week a quarter ( 7 consecutive days, Sun pm - Sun am about four times a year)

    3) The kinds of volunteer opportunities include:  Dinner preparation - work with head cook in preparing the evening meal;    Dinner and evening hosts - dinner hosts socialize and eat with guests, dinner is informal, parents are responsible for their children, set out snacks, stay until overnight hosts arrive;    Activities - 2-4 volunteers plan and organize special activities and events such as arts and crafts projects for children and families, activities aren't required every night, families may or may not wish to participate;   Overnight hosts - two hosts spend the night at the church, may spend time with guests, help older kids with homework and are available in case of emergency, families are in private spaces by 10 pm lights out by 11pm, set out cold breakfast for guests' early departure in the morning;  Set-up Crew - Sunday afternoon of guests arrival;  Laundry crew - washing linens at the end of the week.

    4) Family Promise Volunteer Training program. All volunteers must complete one of the family promise volunteer trainings and fill out an application.  Those at RCZC interested should plan to attend the Family Promise Volunteer Training Program scheduled for Thursday August 16th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham located at 2401 Cornwall.  There is parking behind the church.

    5) If you're interested in volunteering or have questions, please be in touch with Judith @ 360-733-7244 or jkoontz@premier1.net.

    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice in 2018 on the last Sunday of each month.

    We'll enjoy sitting and walking meditation in this peaceful yurt Zendo in  the largest clearing in several hundred acres of woodlands and the source of four watersheds.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP register so that we can plan accordingly.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: This quiet rural practice space is available to Red Cedar, other local sanghas and retreat groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is also available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page

    • 01 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Samu - Zen work - is a key part of the Zen Buddhist practice tradition. Harmonizing body and mind we sweep, repair, and tend the temple.

    Please join the Red Cedar Zen Sangha for a joyful full morning of working together on many of the 1st Saturdays of the month.

    Feel free to bring your ideas and sangha projects, including training, some tools, a little food to share for either breakfast or lunch, but most importantly: just bring yourself.

    Saturday morning Zen + Work Day Schedule:
    6am-7:40am zazen, kinhin, zazen, kinhin, zazen
    7:40am service & soji
    8:25am breakfast - oatmeal plus potluck
    9:00am Work Begins
    Noon Service
    12:10pm Potluck Lunch - sangha soup plus potluck
    1:00pm Close

    2018 Work Days 
    Saturday April 7th
    Saturday May 5th
    Saturday June 2nd (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 7th
    Saturday September 1st
    Saturday October 6th

    Please do a quick RSVP with the registration system (no charges) and there's a comment box in the RSVP to suggest any work projects you'd like to do or other notes.

    ‘When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.’ ~ Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

    • 01 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Join sangha sewing teacher Shudo Chris Burkhart in sewing Zen ritual clothing. 

    Those sewing rakusu or okesa and any Zen related items and those who want to help with other sangha sewing are welcome. 

    Please check with Chris if it's a new project.

    Saturday 1pm - 4:30pm After the September Sangha Workday.

    Please RVSP so we know how many places to set up.

    Questions? Please contact Chris at chrisburkhart@hotmail.com. 

    • 04 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mount Hood, Oregon
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    This year the Red Cedar Zen Community Wilderness Dharma Program continues our progression of circumambulating the major volcanos of Pacific Cascadia with a ceremonial mediation journey around Mt. Hood.

    The week-long trip begins and ends with a night spent at Timberline Lodge.  Timberline is perhaps the crown jewel of old lodges in the Cascade range.  To wander through the soaring wooden spaces and view the copious artwork and carvings that make up this grand structure is an experience in itself. The lodge stands as a home base for all in the region who love mountains.

    Standing at 11,240' Mt. Hood, our regions second highest peak, is second only to Mt. Fuji on a list of  the world's most climbed high technical mountains, and is a prime destination for hikers, recreationalists, and pilgrims far and wide.  Our seven day route will be the famed Timberline Trail, one of Pacific Cascadia's most treasured mountain circuits. Our trek will take us sunwise around the mountain, in hiking days ranging between 5 and 10 miles.  As we hike we will perform daily rituals at significant places such as monumental views and waterfalls.  Along the way we will traverse Mt. Hood's vast carpeted wildflower meadow, deep forested valley's, and high volcanic ridges and glaciers.

    Our journey will be conducted in our usual manner as a meditation retreat, with silent hiking, and morning and evening meditation periods.  We will operate as a mobile meditation retreat, sharing roles and duties to keep us all moving down the trail as a tightly knit cooperative expedition group. As we near the completion of our circuit we will stop for a one day mediation retreat at a remote log shelter in the wilderness, before our final day of hiking, making a ford across the White River and back to the lodge.

    The registration fee for this program covers all food and housing, except for meals at Timberline Lodge.  This fee covers only the hard cost portion of the retreat.  Teaching and guidance in meditation and backpacking is offered on a Dana (generosity) basis.  Dana is considering like "paying it forward", so that others may experience what you have experienced.  A separate opportunity is given to contribute Dana towards the leadership and instruction received on the trip.  All participants will have a phone screening with the trip leader before final acceptance for the program.

    • 14 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Camp Indianola 10635 NE Shore Drive Indianola, WA 98342
    Nomon Tim BurnettSesshin, our Soto Zen form of intensive meditation retreat, offers us the chance to deeply investigate the true nature of this human life. Seattle Soto Zen will again host a five-day residential sesshin at Camp Indianola. The retreat will be co-taught by Eko Jeff Kelly and Nomon Tim Burnett

    Our silent sesshin will include zazen, kinhin, service, Dharma talks, dokusan and oryoki meals. Oryoki instruction will be available. Camp Indianola is situated on Puget Sound, across Agate Passage from the north end of Bainbridge Island. It offers beautiful views and the chance to walk on the beach during breaks. The zendo is a wonderful high-ceilinged space facing the water. We will be sleeping dormitory style in eight shared bedrooms with some options for doubles and singles.

    To attend, you must have completed at least one full-day retreat or have permission from one of the teachers. You may attend the weekend portion of the sesshin or attend the entire sesshin.

    The weekend portion runs from Friday,7pm to Sunday, 5pm.

    Further details and registration available at: the Seattle Soto Zen website

    Begin: Friday, Sep. 14, 7:00 pm

    End: Wednesday, Sep. 19, noon with the option to attend the weekend or the whole retreat.

    Camp Indianola
    10635 NE Shore Drive
    Indianola, WA 98342
    (more on 
    Camp Indianola on the Kitsap Peninsula)








    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner
    Register

     

    Image result for nooksack cirque

    An intensive long day hike to the source of the Nooksack River: Nooksack Cirque.
    This long and strenuous hike in and out of the the Upper North Fork drainage is largely off trail on rocky terrain. Plan on a full day, hiking at a good pace, and wearing hiking boots. At the Cirque we will perform a ritual in the sacred space of many hanging glaciers and waterfalls.

    A very early start is essential to have sufficient daylight for this long day hike. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 5:00am or at Nugent's Corner at 5:30am.  If you are unsure of your fitness for this hike please contact Bob before registering.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice in 2018 on the last Sunday of each month.

    We'll enjoy sitting and walking meditation in this peaceful yurt Zendo in  the largest clearing in several hundred acres of woodlands and the source of four watersheds.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP register so that we can plan accordingly.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: This quiet rural practice space is available to Red Cedar, other local sanghas and retreat groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is also available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall to trailhead at Samish Overlook
    Register

     A four mile day hike to close the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike to gem of the Chuckanuts: Oyster Dome. Our final mindful foray into the local mountains to close the season.

    This popular local destination, a prominent rocky outcrop on the southwest face of Blanchard mountain, will be our place of Closing the Mountains for the ending of our ritual hiking season.

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the last ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests putting the mountain to rest, will be a 4 mile round trip with about a 500’ elevation gain.


    Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 9am. Those coming from Skagit can meet us at the trailhead at the Samish Overlook at 9:30, via the Alger exit (please indicate in the RSVP registration where you will meet us).

    To make a very full day consider joining the zendo practice at 6:00am that morning.

    We'll return to the Dharma Hall about 4pm.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. If you choose to offer dana (details on Dana Paramita here) please visit our Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.
    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow for the last Sunday practice of the year followed by a Harvest Potluck lunch.

    Please bring a potluck offering that represents the harvest: home grown or locally produced.

    We'll enjoy sitting and walking meditation and community in this peaceful yurt Zendo.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP register so that we can plan accordingly.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: This quiet rural practice space is available to Red Cedar, other local sanghas and retreat groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is also available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page

    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for an evening of star gazing. The fire will be lit, a planetarium will be enacted in the yurt's dome, and over mulled cider we'll contemplate the stars.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP register so that we can plan accordingly.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: This quiet rural practice space is available to Red Cedar, other local sanghas and retreat groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is also available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page

Past events

14 Jul 2018 Opening the Mountains Hike
07 Jul 2018 Sangha Work Day - July 7th
24 Jun 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: June
23 Jun 2018 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2018
16 Jun 2018 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2018
15 Jun 2018 Samish Island Sesshin 2018
15 Jun 2018 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2018 Summer Sesshin
03 Jun 2018 Sunday Simple Sit
02 Jun 2018 Sangha Work Day - June 2nd
27 May 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: May
23 May 2018 Dharma Songs with "Urban Monk" Marc Anderson
19 May 2018 Hidden Mountain Spring Retreat
19 May 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Work Party/Ceremony/Potluck
06 May 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in May
05 May 2018 Sangha Work Day - May 5th
29 Apr 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: April
21 Apr 2018 The Way of Flowers
14 Apr 2018 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
07 Apr 2018 Sangha Work Day - April 7th
04 Apr 2018 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
30 Mar 2018 Zen Sewing Retreat
28 Mar 2018 “A-I-U-E-O” Pronouncing Japanese!
25 Mar 2018 Hills and Streams Hike (Lost Lake Falls)
25 Mar 2018 CANCELLED: Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: March
18 Mar 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
17 Mar 2018 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
16 Mar 2018 Zen Calligraphy Practice Group
07 Mar 2018 Practice Period Closing Circle
07 Mar 2018 Namu Kie Butsu: Learning the Zen Sewing Stitch
04 Mar 2018 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
02 Mar 2018 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Nōgen Connie Martin
01 Mar 2018 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
25 Feb 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: February
17 Feb 2018 Samish Clean Up Day
14 Feb 2018 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
05 Feb 2018 Introduction to Zen Meditation
03 Feb 2018 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
03 Feb 2018 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
28 Jan 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
24 Jan 2018 The Dharma of Anger (Shuso's Class)
17 Jan 2018 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
17 Jan 2018 Winter Practice Period 2018 - overview & registration
07 Jan 2018 Zazenkai: CANCELED due to schedule conflict
31 Dec 2017 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
09 Dec 2017 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
07 Dec 2017 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
06 Dec 2017 Rohatsu 2017 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
29 Nov 2017 Dharma Talk with Koshin Cain
19 Nov 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
04 Nov 2017 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
04 Nov 2017 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
01 Nov 2017 Spirit Settling Ceremony
23 Oct 2017 History of Buddhism: Dōgen in Context
22 Oct 2017 CANCELLED: Sunday Simple Sit
22 Oct 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
15 Oct 2017 On the Vimalakirti Sutra
14 Oct 2017 Closing the Mountains Hike
11 Oct 2017 Movie: Walk With Me (instead of usual Red Cedar Wednesday Night)
07 Oct 2017 Sangha Work Day - October 7th
06 Oct 2017 Sangha Arts Night
30 Sep 2017 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
29 Sep 2017 Movie: The Last Dalai Lama
24 Sep 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
17 Sep 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
15 Sep 2017 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
06 Sep 2017 Genjo Koan Study Group
02 Sep 2017 Sangha Work Day - September 2nd
01 Sep 2017 Sangha Campout on Mount Rainier
27 Aug 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
16 Aug 2017 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
13 Aug 2017 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children
05 Aug 2017 Meditation in the Old Growth
30 Jul 2017 CANCELED: Sunday Simple Sit
23 Jul 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
22 Jul 2017 The Way of Flowers
15 Jul 2017 Opening the Mountains Hike
05 Jul 2017 Summer Dharma Seminar: Encounters with Dogen
02 Jul 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
01 Jul 2017 Sangha Work Day - July 1st
25 Jun 2017 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2017
25 Jun 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
18 Jun 2017 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2017
16 Jun 2017 Samish Island Sesshin 2017
16 Jun 2017 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2017 Summer Sesshin
09 Jun 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Opening
03 Jun 2017 Sangha Work Day - June 3rd
20 May 2017 Awakening in Everyday Life: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
13 May 2017 Contemplating Nature Workshop
06 May 2017 Sangha Work Day - May 6th
30 Apr 2017 Norman Fischer Poetry Reading
30 Apr 2017 Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Nomon Tim Burnett
29 Apr 2017 Guiding Teacher Stepping Down Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
20 Apr 2017 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
12 Apr 2017 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
03 Apr 2017 A Conversation About Death and Dying
01 Apr 2017 Sangha Work Day - April 1st
26 Mar 2017 Sangha Mentors Program - April through September 2017
19 Mar 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
10 Mar 2017 Calligraphy Practice Group
08 Mar 2017 Practice Period Closing Circle
05 Mar 2017 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
03 Mar 2017 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Ryushin Kate McKenna
02 Mar 2017 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
25 Feb 2017 Blanchard Mountain Meditation Hike and Meeting
13 Feb 2017 Introduction to Zen Meditation
08 Feb 2017 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
05 Feb 2017 Zazen in Uncertain Times: Sitting with the Fire - Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
04 Feb 2017 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
22 Jan 2017 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
22 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
21 Jan 2017 Women's March on Bellingham
18 Jan 2017 Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (Shuso's Class)
11 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
11 Jan 2017 Winter Practice Period 2017 - overview & registration
07 Jan 2017 Sangha Work Day
01 Jan 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
17 Dec 2016 Saturday Morning Practice with Breakfast
03 Dec 2016 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
01 Dec 2016 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
30 Nov 2016 Rohatsu 2016 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
08 Nov 2016 Election Day Sits
07 Nov 2016 Let Love Be Our Legacy Interfaith Banner Display and Community Gathering
29 Oct 2016 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
22 Oct 2016 Inter-Sangha Work Party
16 Oct 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
15 Oct 2016 Sangha Work Day - CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
13 Oct 2016 Cultivating the Seven Factors of Enlightenment
08 Oct 2016 Closing the Mountains Hike
01 Oct 2016 Understanding Consciousness: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
24 Sep 2016 CANCELED: Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
16 Sep 2016 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
10 Sep 2016 Circumambulation of Mount Adams - Journey into Wildness
04 Sep 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart: Paramitas of Meditation and Wisdom
03 Sep 2016 Sangha Work Day
15 Aug 2016 Zazen in the Cedar Grove
15 Aug 2016 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
07 Aug 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
06 Aug 2016 Meditation in the Old Growth
05 Aug 2016 Calligraphy Practice Group
17 Jul 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
16 Jul 2016 Opening the Mountains Hike
06 Jul 2016 Summer Dharma Seminar: Our Embodied Life
02 Jul 2016 Sangha Work Day
25 Jun 2016 Samish Sangha Clean Up
18 Jun 2016 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2016
17 Jun 2016 Samish Island Sesshin 2016
04 Jun 2016 Sangha Work Day
20 May 2016 Skagit Poetry Festival with Norman Fischer
30 Apr 2016 Gentle Zen Retreat
03 Apr 2016 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
02 Apr 2016 Sangha Work Day
13 Mar 2016 Norman Fischer Reading at Village Books
13 Mar 2016 Norman Fischer reading at Village Books
13 Mar 2016 Practice Period Closing Ceremony
11 Mar 2016 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
10 Mar 2016 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
07 Mar 2016 Zen Precepts Study Group
04 Mar 2016 Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
04 Mar 2016 Introduction to Buddhist Meditation with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
26 Feb 2016 Buddhism in Bellingham panel - Whatcom READS!
21 Feb 2016 Sunday Simple Sit: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
17 Feb 2016 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
08 Feb 2016 Introduction to Zen Meditation Practice
03 Feb 2016 Zen Pioneers Study Group
30 Jan 2016 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
27 Jan 2016 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
27 Jan 2016 Winter Practice Period 2016 - overview & registration
20 Jan 2016 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
17 Jan 2016 Sunday Simple Sit
16 Jan 2016 Tim's 50th Birthday
02 Jan 2016 Sangha Work Day
31 Dec 2015 New Year's Ceremony
05 Dec 2015 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
05 Dec 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Eko Jeff Kelley
04 Dec 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
03 Dec 2015 Rohatsu - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
18 Nov 2015 Visiting Dharma Talk with Eko Jeff Kelley
31 Oct 2015 A Day of Compassion with Nomon Tim Burnett
29 Oct 2015 Jukai Ceremony
14 Oct 2015 Stories of Awakening with Anita Feng
26 Sep 2015 Closing the Mountains Hike
18 Sep 2015 Four Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
13 Aug 2015 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
01 Aug 2015 Meditation in the Old Growth
11 Jul 2015 Opening the Mountains Hike
28 Jun 2015 Samish Sangha Clean Up
20 Jun 2015 Samish Dharma Talks
20 Jun 2015 Gentle Zen Retreat
19 Jun 2015 Samish Island Sesshin
06 Jun 2015 Sangha Work Party
11 Apr 2015 Sangha Work Party
05 Apr 2015 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
05 Apr 2015 Circumambulation of Mount Erie
01 Apr 2015 Buddha's Birthday
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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