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

    • Friday, January 03, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Friday, December 25, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 52 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    NOON PROGRAM

    We offer meditation to the sangha and the broader community every Friday at noon. Building opens at 11:45 with a host there to answer questions. Or come use the library. The bell rings to begin a 30-minute period of sitting at 12:10. At 12:40 a brief bowing and chanting service in which we chant the Metta Sutta and a short dedication is given. The program closes at 12:50. If you need to be back to work sooner it is fine to leave at 12:40. Please do not leave during meditation.

    If you would like to have a private interview (dokusan) with our Guiding Teacher, Nomon Tim Burnett, you may place a white card from the back table on your cushion.


    • Saturday, January 04, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Saturday, December 26, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 52 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    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 Guiding Teacher 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.


    • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 52 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    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 Guiding Teacher, 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.


    • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall
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    Overview and main sign up for participating in the 2020 Winter Practice Period. You may register for all Practice Period events here this year.

    Practice Period is a time in which Zen students practice intensively together. Historically, practice period started with the rains retreats of the early Buddhist nuns and monks when they could not travel due to heavy rains. During that time they settled down for more intensive practice. Annual practice periods have been an essential part of Zen practice for a thousand years and an important part of Red Cedar Zen for over 20 years.

    Although we don't live in monasteries, each winter in the spirit of those in monastic practice, we settle our busy lives in order to intensify our practice. We bring our mindfulness and Dharma practice to the foreground of our lives more than usual.

    In the center of the mandala of Practice Period is often a head student, or shuso, who serves as the center of the sangha wheel giving classes, Dharma talks, and meets privately with practice period students over tea. This year we won't have a shuso. Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett will be leading the Practice Period.

    Practice Period ThemeWe will also be guided this year by the theme: "Taking Care of Self and Other". We'll be exploring how Zen practice supports us understanding the difference and sameness of self and other and encourages wise and compassionate engagement, boundaries, and generosity in all of our actions.

    Practice Period Class: Nomon Tim will lead us in a weekly Wednesday evening 6pm class. Please register for this course. Like all RCZC classes there is no charge for members. Five Wednesday meetings from Jan. 29 to Feb 26 starting promptly at 6pm.

    Pepper Sisters "Happy Hour Office Hours" instead of Tea with the Shuso: When we have a shuso Practice Period Participants are warmly invited to have tea with the shuso to discuss practice and get to know each other more deeply.
    Instead this year Nomon Tim will be at Pepper Sister's Restaurant just below the Dharma Hall on State Street starting at 4:45pm each Wednesday of Practice Period before class (Jan 29 - Feb 26). Feel free to join Tim for a bite and conversation. Drop in. All are welcome.

    Wednesday evening practice: Note that during Practice Period the 7pm-9pm schedule will include three periods of zazen meditation and more opportunities than usual for dokusan with Tim, dokusan with Chris, and practice discussion with the other teachers.

    Buddies and Mentors: The weeks of Practice Period go by quickly. To help stay connected to practice period we recommend that you choose to work with a practice period partner. We can help you find one. Someone you get together with or call regularly during practice period to discuss how it's going with your intentions and practice. When you sign up please let us know if you'd like help finding a practice partner.

    Remote Participation: Do you live at a distance from Bellingham? We do our best to make the practice period accessible by posting recorded classes and Dharma Talks promptly but the best bet it to be in touch with a local member or teacher. You may request this in the sign up form.

    Opening Ceremony: We start with an opening ceremony on Wednesday January 22nd, 7pm - 9pm, at the Dharma Hall which includes the opportunity to verbally share your practice and life intentions for this year's Practice Period.

    Opening Sesshin: There is an opening 1-day sesshin Practice Period Opening Sesshin on Saturday February 1st, which requires pre-registration to sit the day. Nomon Tim will give a formal Dharma Talk at 10:30am that morning - the topic is his Way Seeking Mind (practice autobiography) all are welcome to attend this talk.

    Introduction to Zen Meditation class: Our annual Introduction to Zen Meditation class. A wonderful 4-week class on Monday evenings in February. Great for those brand new to Zen and those who've been exploring for a while.

    The Parinirvana Ceremony on Wednesday evening February 12th gives us a deep opportunity to consider the passing away of the Buddha and marks the mid-point of our Practice Period (note: no circle check-in this year).

    The practice period closes with three events in sequence:

    (1) The 4-day Practice Period Closing Sesshin from the evening of Wednesday March 4th - afternoon of Sunday March 8th. Part time (whole days only please) attendance is allowed. Signing up early is helpful.

    (2) This sesshin concludes with an important event which is also open to all in the practice period: Shosan Dharma Questions Ceremony at 11am on Sunday March 8th.

    (3) A final closing circle will be held Practice Period Closing Circle on Wednesday evening March 11th.

    Please use the registration system to state your intentions in writing. There will also be an opportunity to say something about your intentions for practice period at the opening ceremony. If you are practicing at a distance you can ask your intentions to be read to the circle.

    Please tell us in the form if you are participating at a distance and would like to be assigned a practice leader who will check in with you during practice period. Also let us know if you would like help finding a practice partner to stay in touch with.

    And please consider renewing or expanding your commitment to our regular practice times during Winter Practice Period:

    Wednesday Night Practice 7pm - 9pm - is especially important during practice period. During this time we offer three periods of zazen with walking meditation in between. A weekly opportunity for a deep immersion in silence. Dokusan with Nomon Tim Burnett and private meetings with the other teachers will be available.

    Noon Practice Noon-1pm. Consider if you are able to arrange your schedule to attend our increasingly popular sit from noon to 1pm on Fridays.

    Saturday Morning Practice 6am - 8:30am. Deep quiet, 3 periods of meditation, and the full morning service which is seen as a central and important ritual in Soto Zen. We enjoy breakfast afterwards at the zendo on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and often go to the Food Coop together on the other weeks. 

    To sign up for practice period:

    Fill out the registration form to sign up for practice period. You may register here for each of the practice period events you plan to attend.

    REGISTER FOR PRACTICE PERIOD


    • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA

    Where does the self end and others begin? How do we take good care of ourselves without being greedy. Is being self-centered a bad thing? Is being other-centered a potential problem? How do we act in a wise and compassionate way in a complex interpersonal world?

    Please join Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett in exploring these issues of self and other as informed and reflected by the classic Zen poem The Merging of Difference and Unity 

    Optional Text: Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai  by Shunryu Suzuki. Tim will be basing his talks on this text but also going beyond it and giving handouts and other readings. Get Suzuki Roshi's book if you'd like to do extra Buddhist studies work. It is optional.

    Schedule:  Five Wednesday evening sessions starting promptly at 6pm January 29th - February 26th.

    Registration Required (not drop-in) - no charge for Red Cedar members but you must register to participate in this course. 

    Remote Participation. We will do our best for remote Practice Period participants to post audio and handouts from the class promptly, but It's best to be in touch with a local member (options to request this in the overall practice period sign up).

    Registration: Please use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for each of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.


    • Saturday, February 01, 2020
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-08:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
    • 23
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    One Day Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett/

    After our Opening Ceremony and the first meeting of the Practice Period class, Practice Period continues to open with a one day formal Zen Sesshin.

    The practice of sesshin is a powerful opportunity - watching the sun rise in the morning and set in the evening from your seat in the zendo. The day includes sitting and walking meditation, Dharma Talk, dokusan with the teacher, formal oryoki meals, breaks, and afternoon tea.

    Schedule: 6am - 5pm sesshin oryoki breakfast and lunch.

    Oryoki: please bring a 3-bowl oryoki eating set. They can be purchased from our friends at Still Sitting for a reasonable rate.

    Options: unable to attend the full day?
            Join us for just Nomon Tim's Dharma Talk at 10:30am
     

    If you are attending the sesshin plan on committing to the full schedule (modified schedules with extra rest due to physical need can be arranged with the Ino). 

    Registration: You can Register Directly for this sesshin use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.


    • Sunday, February 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Dharma talk by Shudo Chris Burkhart on "Fukanzazengi - why sit?"

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Monday, February 03, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Monday, February 24, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    A 4 week class on Monday evenings in February

    This class is designed for those who are curious about Zen meditation as well as those who are already meditating and want to learn more.

    The class will cover instruction in sitting and walking meditation, information about Buddhism and Zen practice, and integrating meditation practice into daily life. There will be small and large group discussion and meditation and mindfulness exercises outside of class.

    The class will be taught by two Red Cedar Zen Practice Leaders.

    We ask participants to make a commitment to attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions.  To register for the class please click the Register button on the left. 

     Pre-registration required.

    Registration: If you are participating in Winter Practice Period, please use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.

    You are also welcome to take just this class. Please register here. 


    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-08:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    On this middle Wednesday evening of the Practice Period we will close our evening of practice to contemplate the Buddha's Parinirvana (passing away). Note that unlike in previous years we will not have a check in, rather keeping the evening silent for practice. The evening's zazen will be two 40-minute periods (on the other Practice Period evenings we sit three 30-minute periods).

    Evening's Schedule
    (6pm Practice Period class pre-registration required)
    7:00pm Zazen
    7:40pm kinhin
    7:50pm Zazen
    8:40pm Parinirvana Ceremony
    9:00pm close

    No pre-registration required for this event but please register for the overall Practice Period at the Practice Period Overall registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending.

    • Wednesday, March 04, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (UTC-08:00)
    • Sunday, March 08, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    Our 4-day sesshin with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett and Ordained Teacher Shudo Chris Burkhart.

    The practice of sesshin is a powerful opportunity including alternating sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, dokusan with the teachers, formal oryoki meals, breaks, and afternoon tea.

    The retreat ends with the Shosan Dharma Questions Ceremony on Sunday at 11am. All in the practice period are warmly invited to this ceremony. 

    Schedule: Wednesday 7pm - 9pm, Thursday 6am - 9pm, Friday 6am - 9pm, Saturday 6am - 9pm, Sunday 6am - 3pm

    Attendance: Full time attendance is preferred. Part time attendance is also fine but please commit to full days (do not come and go during a given day).

    Other Options: you may come to the Dharma Talks Thursday - Saturday morning at 10:30am. Please come to the Shosan Dharma Questions Ceremony on Sunday at 11am.

    Oryoki: please bring a 3-bowl oryoki eating set. They can be purchased from our friends at Still Sitting for a reasonable rate.

    Housing: We will try to assist with housing for out of town retreatants, you may request housing in the registration process. Have a space guest room? Please let us know. There are a number of spots available to sleep at the zendo.

    Registration: You can Register Directly or this sesshin or use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for each of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.

    • Thursday, March 05, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Sunday, March 08, 2020
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
       
    Nomon Tim Burnett Shudo Chris Burkhart
    As part of the Practice Period Closing Sesshin the morning Dharma Talks are open to sangha members, practice period participants, and visitors. The Shosan Ceremony on Sunday is open to all who have participated in the Winter Practice Period whether you attend the closing sesshin or not. 

    Thursday
    10:30am Nomon Tim Burnett

    Friday
    10:30am Shudo Chris Burkhart

    Saturday
    10:30am  Nomon Tim Burnett

    Sunday
    11:00am Shosan Dharma Questions Ceremony

    The morning talk starts at 10:40am please arrive 10 minutes early and wait in the lobby for the Ino to invite you in. Kindly remember that you are joining a silent meditation retreat.

    No pre-registration needed for public dharma talks. All are warmly invited.

    Registration: You are welcome to simply attend the Dharma Talks. If you are participating in Practice Period, please use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.


    • Sunday, March 08, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    An important ceremony for culmination of Practice Period.

    Join us with a question from the heart to share with the sangha and receive a response from Practice Period leader and Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett at the Practice Period Closing Sesshin.

    Everyone in the Winter Practice Period is warmly encouraged to attend whether you are able to sit the sesshin or not.

    The ceremony is a heart-to-heart encounter between each Practice Period student and the teacher. Together we bring up the Dharma in this important ritual of engagement and sangha.

    For those not sitting the sesshin: please RSVP with the registration system to let us know if you're coming. The ceremony at 11am takes about an hour and is followed by lunch, social time, and cleaning up the zendo.

    Registration: You are welcome to simply attend the Dharma Talks. If you are participating in Practice Period, please use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Our final closing event of Practice Period

    After the festivities the previous weekend with the Practice Period Closing Sesshin we will gather one last time on Wednesday evening to sit in circle and close the 2020 Winter Practice Period.

    Evening's Schedule
    7:00pm Zazen
    7:40pm kinhin
    7:50pm Closing Ceremony and Sangha Discussion
    9:00pm Refuges & close

    No registration required for this event but please register for the Practice Period. You may register for this retreat individually or use the online Practice Period Overall registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending.


    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    A monthly group with Shuko Edie Norton and Seishu John Wiley supported by Nomon Tim Burnett for all Red Cedar Zen Members interested in precepts studies. Students should have the intention to attend all 7 evening meetings and the two day retreats. 

    Students moving towards Jukai are expected to attend all sessions.Speak to a teacher before the first meeting if you are interested in receiving Jukai this year. (See the Going Further page on the website for more).


    SCHEDULE

    • Meeting #1 Wednesday March 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - about the precepts, refuges
    • The Zen Sewing Weekend March 20-22 is important for jukai students sewing rakusu
    • Meeting #2 Wednesday April 15th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - pure precepts
    • Meeting #3 Wednesday May 13th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 1 & 9
    • Meeting #4 Wednesday June 10th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 2 & 3
    • Meeting #5 Wednesday July 15th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 4 & 5
    • Meeting #6 Wednesday August 26th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 6 & 7
    • Cohort Retreat - Saturday September 19th, 9am - 1pm
    • Meeting #7 Wednesday September 23rd, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 8 & 10
    • Precepts Retreat & Ceremony - Saturday October 31st, 6am - 5pm (ceremony at 3pm, Jukai students usually invite friends and family).
      Separate registration is required for the retreat.

    Texts Used

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

    Study Process
    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 and in reflection of the teachers' comments in the 3 primary texts we study (see below).

    In between meetings students will be invited to reflect on how the precept in focus shows up in their life and will be 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.

    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.  It 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, Tanto Shudo Chris Burkhart, Lay Teacher John Wiley or to one of our Mentors who have been shuso and are authorized to support you in preparation for jukai: Edie Norton, Talus Latona, Bob Penny, or Kate McKenna.

    Jukai preparation also includes practice interviews: 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 individually with a sangha teacher to discuss your process of engaging with the precepts privately in Practice Discussion or Dokusan.

    Jukai is not required or expected: 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).

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

    • Friday, March 20, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Sunday, March 22, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall
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    Join sangha sewing teacher Shudo Chris Burkhart in sewing Zen ritual clothing. 

    Schedule:

    Friday 9am - 4pm Sewing for jukai students and others. 
    Saturday 9am - 4pm Sewing for jukai students and others.
    Sunday 9am - 4pm Sewing for jukai students and others.

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

    Questions? Please contact Chris at chrisburkhart@hotmail.com or check in with Tim.

    • Saturday, April 04, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Saturday, October 03, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 7 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Held on the first Saturday of the Month April through October

    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 all of the 1st Saturdays of the month from April through October

    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

    2020 Work Days are listed on the left hand column.

    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

    • Sunday, April 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk by Seishu John Wiley  on "Merging of Difference and Unity."

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Sunday, May 03, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk by Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, co-Abbot of Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Sunday, June 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk speaker: Kanshin Allison Tait, Resident Teacher of Seattle Soto Zen.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Friday, June 12, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Saturday, June 20, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232
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    Register

    Registration will open to Red Cedar Zen Sangha members on January 22nd. Registration will be open to everyone on February 5th.

    Our annual 7-day (8 nights) silent Zen sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer with talks and interview also available with Nomon Tim Burnett and others, includes seven days and eight nights of silent practice of sitting and walking meditation in this beautiful church camp on the water on Samish Island in the Skagit Valley. Retreat includes dharma talks by Norman and other Northwest teachers, dokusan and practice discussion, sitting and walking meditation, and delicious vegetarian meals eaten in the formal 3-bowl oryoki style (you must bring a oryoki set to this sesshin). A deep time for practice and reflection with the support of sangha and teachers.

    See also our Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett - a very affordable 3-day sesshin being held at the same site June 28th - July 1st.

    Coming soon: sign up for the airporter shuttle for those flying in to SeaTac.

    Many photos of Samish are available on our Photos page.

    Schedule:

    You may attend the entire retreat, or the first or second half. Second half attendance is only appropriate to those who have sat sesshin with us before. We are unable to offer other attendance choices. Signing up is making a commitment to be part of the retreat for the entire period you signed up for.

    Full Retreat - Friday 5:00pm to Saturday  at noon

    First Half - Friday  5:00pm to Tuesday at 5pm

    Second Half - Tuesday at 5pm to Saturday at noon.

    Prerequisites & Requirements

    This is a rigorous and structured experience. To benefit from being at Samish Sesshin please abide by the following requirements.

    • You should have attended at least one full day formal meditation retreat before attending this 7-day retreat. Please do not register if you have never sat a full day of formal meditation (in Zen or other traditions is fine).
    • If you have never attended Samish sesshin please start at the beginning (attend full retreat or first half) and do not attend just the second half. Orientation and instructions are offered at the beginning only.
    • No attendance options other than the three listed above can be accommodated. 
    • This is a silent retreat without talking, reading, writing, computer or cell phone use. Please be prepared to follow this guideline fully.
    • Following the full schedule is a core practice of Zen. Some alternate schedules can be arranged with the Ino in cases of health and other needs.
    • Plan on remaining at Samish Island camp during the entire time of your sesshin attendance, not leaving for errands or appointments, etc., and remaining at the camp through final clean up at noon on Saturday unless illness or unavoidable travel arrangements prevent this.

    Housing:
    Housing is provided with three options:

    E-Cabins are recently built multi-room cabins with a bath shared with one other room. E-Cabins are in short supply in this retreat. Please choose a rustic cabin if that is possible for you in order to leave the e-cabins for those with health challenges. Or consider sharing an e-cabin. 

     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, exterior

     Rustic cabin, interior

    RV Site with Hook-Ups - are available.

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

    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.

    Dates and Cancellation

    • January 22 -  Registration opens to Red Cedar Zen members
    • February 5 - Registration open to all.
    • May 1 - Final scholarship awards.
    • May 14 - Last day to cancel with full refund. Full payment due.
    • June 1 - Registration Closes. Last day to cancel with partial refund. Incomplete (unpaid) registrations will be cancelled at this time to make room for people on the waitlist.
    See also the Red Cedar Cancellation Policy

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are available for one quarter of retreat costs. If funds allow, additional funds may be available. During the registration process an opportunity to request a scholarship is available.

    Samish Island Campground

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

    11565 Scott Rd, Bow, WA 98232
    Map and Directions

    • Sunday, July 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk speaker: Shudo Chris Burkhart, Tanto (head of practice) at Red Cedar Zen Community.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Sunday, August 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk speaker TBA.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Sunday, September 06, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk speaker TBA.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Sunday, October 04, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk speaker: Shudo Chris Burkhart, Tanto (head of practice) at Red Cedar Zen Community.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


    • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street, Bellingham WA 98225
    Register

    The Zen ceremony of jukai (literally "receiving precepts") is a ceremony of commitment to the Zen precepts, the Zen path, and the sangha. Done by lay students it marks a deepening of commitment to Zen and a warming of relationship with the teacher.  

    The ceremony is preceded by a half-day sesshin with oryoki breakfast and lunch (please bring your own oryoki set for meals)

    Please register for your attendance at either the full retreat or just the jukai ceremony. Small charge for the sesshin to cover food costs (discounted for RCZC members) or non-charge RSVP to attend just the ceremony at 3pm.

    Donations to teachers are invited.

    6am - 3pm - Half-Day Sesshin with oryoki breakfast and lunch (bring your own oryoki bowls) - please RSVP

    3pm - 5pm Jukai Ceremony and Reception - please RSVP

    Please join us in the celebration of ethical practice and community.

    • Sunday, November 01, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

    Dharma talk speaker: Nomon Tim Burnett.

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.

    The world of dew
    is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—
    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—

    We will explore this intersection of this life, this world on the first Sunday of each month* (exceptions, see below), local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”

    There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always.

    Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, and warm and inclusive conversation over a cup of tea.

    Join us at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest, from 10 am to Noon on the first Sunday of each month in 2020*. The first time you come we recommend the Orientation at 9:30 am.

    Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.

    *Note: no first Sunday program in March or December due to 4-day Zen retreats concluding on those Sundays. There will be opportunities to attend Saturday Dharma Talks at 10:30am on those months.*

    Download the poster for display if you have a spot for it - thank you!


Past events

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2020 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates
Sunday, January 05, 2020 Zen Alive! January Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
Friday, December 13, 2019 Doanryo Training: Ringing the Bells and Leading the Chants
Saturday, December 07, 2019 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
Thursday, December 05, 2019 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Kanshin Allison Tait
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Rohatsu 2019 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 Spirit Settling Ceremony: Sejiki
Sunday, October 27, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning and Harvest Potluck: October
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Jukai Sesshin and Ceremony
Friday, October 18, 2019 Sangha Trip to Buddhist Seattle
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Closing the Mountains Hike
Sunday, September 29, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: September
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
Saturday, September 21, 2019 RESCHEDULED Sangha Work Day: September
Friday, September 13, 2019 Sauk Mt. Full Moonrise Hike
Saturday, September 07, 2019 Ordination of Ryushin Kate McKenna and Chikyo Ewan Magie
Sunday, August 25, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: August
Sunday, August 18, 2019 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
Saturday, August 17, 2019 Visual Journals: Expressing Our Spiritual Selves
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 RCZC Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, August 04, 2019 Meditation in the Old Growth
Saturday, August 03, 2019 Sangha Work Day: August
Sunday, July 28, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: July
Saturday, July 20, 2019 RESCHEDULED Sangha Work Day: July
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Opening the Mountains Hike
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: June
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Dharma Songs with "Urban Monk" Marc Anderson
Saturday, June 22, 2019 Norman Fischer reading: The World Could Be Otherwise
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019 Samish Island Sesshin 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2019 Summer Sesshin
Sunday, June 09, 2019 What Do We Do When We Can No Longer Do What We Used to Do? An Exploration of the Bodhisattva Way
Saturday, June 08, 2019 Sangha Work Day: June
Friday, June 07, 2019 RCZC Practice Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 05, 2019 RCZC Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Sangha Conversation
Sunday, May 26, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: May
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Mindfulness and Intimacy with visiting teacher Ben Connolly
Saturday, May 04, 2019 Sangha Work Day: May
Friday, May 03, 2019 Zen Sewing Weekend Retreat
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: April
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
Saturday, April 06, 2019 Sangha Work Day: April
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 Zen Precepts Study Group
Monday, April 01, 2019 The Heart of Perfect Understanding (Online Class)
Sunday, March 31, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: March
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Better Angels Workshop: How to Talk Across the Political Divide
Sunday, March 17, 2019 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in March
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
Saturday, March 09, 2019 Hills and Streams Hike (Lost Lake Falls)
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 Practice Period Closing Circle
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Practice Period Closing Sesshin
Sunday, February 24, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: February
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Parinirvana Ceremony
Monday, February 04, 2019 Introduction to Zen Meditation
Saturday, February 02, 2019 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
Saturday, February 02, 2019 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Continuing our Maturity (Shuso's Class)
Sunday, January 20, 2019 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in January
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2019 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates
Saturday, January 05, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Star Gazing
Monday, December 31, 2018 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
Saturday, December 08, 2018 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
Thursday, December 06, 2018 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 Rohatsu 2018 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
Saturday, December 01, 2018 Better Angels Skills Workshop: How to Talk Across the Political Divide with Revs. Edie Norton & Cara Tanis
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in November
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 Spirit Settling Ceremony
Saturday, November 03, 2018 Jukai Sesshin and Ceremony
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning and Harvest Potluck: October
Friday, October 26, 2018 Sangha Arts Night
Monday, October 22, 2018 Compassion Cultivation Training with Nomon Tim Burnett
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Closing the Mountains Hike
Saturday, October 06, 2018 Sangha Work Day - October 6th
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: September
Saturday, September 29, 2018 Zen Sewing - September 29th
Sunday, September 23, 2018 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children
Sunday, September 23, 2018 Family Promise Volunteer Training
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
Saturday, September 15, 2018 Zen Sewing - September 15th
Friday, September 14, 2018 5-Day Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Wednesday Practice with Special Guest Speaker Edward Brown
Tuesday, September 04, 2018 Circumambulation of Mt. Hood
Sunday, September 02, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in September
Saturday, September 01, 2018 Zen Sewing - September 1st
Saturday, September 01, 2018 Sangha Work Day - September 1st
Sunday, August 26, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: August
Sunday, August 19, 2018 Sunday Simple Sit: The Compassion of No-Self and Impermanence
Thursday, August 16, 2018 Family Promise Volunteer Training
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
Saturday, August 04, 2018 Zen Sewing - August 4th
Saturday, August 04, 2018 Meditation in the Old Growth
Monday, July 30, 2018 Samish Work Sesshin Dharma Talks
Sunday, July 29, 2018 The One Who's Not Busy, Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett
Sunday, July 29, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: July
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children (to be rescheduled)
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Opening the Mountains Hike
Saturday, July 07, 2018 Sangha Work Day - July 7th
Monday, July 02, 2018 The Teachings of Suzuki Roshi
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: June
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018 Samish Island Sesshin 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2018 Summer Sesshin
Sunday, June 03, 2018 Sunday Simple Sit
Saturday, June 02, 2018 Sangha Work Day - June 2nd
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: May
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Dharma Songs with "Urban Monk" Marc Anderson
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Hidden Mountain Spring Retreat
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Work Party/Ceremony/Potluck
Sunday, May 06, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in May
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Sangha Work Day - May 5th
Sunday, April 29, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: April
Saturday, April 21, 2018 The Way of Flowers
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Zen Precepts Study Group
Saturday, April 07, 2018 Sangha Work Day - April 7th
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
Friday, March 30, 2018 Zen Sewing Retreat
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 “A-I-U-E-O” Pronouncing Japanese!
Sunday, March 25, 2018 Hills and Streams Hike (Lost Lake Falls)
Sunday, March 25, 2018 CANCELLED: Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: March
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
Friday, March 16, 2018 Zen Calligraphy Practice Group
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 Practice Period Closing Circle
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 Namu Kie Butsu: Learning the Zen Sewing Stitch
Sunday, March 04, 2018 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
Friday, March 02, 2018 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Nōgen Connie Martin
Sunday, February 25, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: February
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Samish Clean Up Day
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
Monday, February 05, 2018 Introduction to Zen Meditation
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
Sunday, January 28, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 The Dharma of Anger (Shuso's Class)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Winter Practice Period 2018 - overview & registration
Sunday, January 07, 2018 Zazenkai: CANCELED due to schedule conflict
Sunday, December 31, 2017 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
Saturday, December 09, 2017 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
Thursday, December 07, 2017 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Rohatsu 2017 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Dharma Talk with Koshin Cain
Sunday, November 19, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Spirit Settling Ceremony
Monday, October 23, 2017 History of Buddhism: Dōgen in Context
Sunday, October 22, 2017 CANCELLED: Sunday Simple Sit
Sunday, October 22, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
Sunday, October 15, 2017 On the Vimalakirti Sutra
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Closing the Mountains Hike
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Movie: Walk With Me (instead of usual Red Cedar Wednesday Night)
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Sangha Work Day - October 7th
Friday, October 06, 2017 Sangha Arts Night
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
Friday, September 29, 2017 Movie: The Last Dalai Lama
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
Sunday, September 17, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
Friday, September 15, 2017 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Genjo Koan Study Group
Saturday, September 02, 2017 Sangha Work Day - September 2nd
Friday, September 01, 2017 Sangha Campout on Mount Rainier
Sunday, August 27, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
Sunday, August 13, 2017 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children
Saturday, August 05, 2017 Meditation in the Old Growth
Sunday, July 30, 2017 CANCELED: Sunday Simple Sit
Sunday, July 23, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
Saturday, July 22, 2017 The Way of Flowers
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Opening the Mountains Hike
Wednesday, July 05, 2017 Summer Dharma Seminar: Encounters with Dogen
Sunday, July 02, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
Saturday, July 01, 2017 Sangha Work Day - July 1st
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
Sunday, June 18, 2017 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017 Samish Island Sesshin 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2017 Summer Sesshin
Friday, June 09, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Opening
Saturday, June 03, 2017 Sangha Work Day - June 3rd
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Awakening in Everyday Life: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Contemplating Nature Workshop
Saturday, May 06, 2017 Sangha Work Day - May 6th
Sunday, April 30, 2017 Norman Fischer Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 30, 2017 Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Nomon Tim Burnett
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Guiding Teacher Stepping Down Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
Monday, April 03, 2017 A Conversation About Death and Dying
Saturday, April 01, 2017 Sangha Work Day - April 1st
Sunday, March 26, 2017 Sangha Mentors Program - April through September 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
Friday, March 10, 2017 Calligraphy Practice Group
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Practice Period Closing Circle
Sunday, March 05, 2017 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
Friday, March 03, 2017 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Ryushin Kate McKenna
Thursday, March 02, 2017 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Blanchard Mountain Meditation Hike and Meeting
Monday, February 13, 2017 Introduction to Zen Meditation
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
Sunday, February 05, 2017 Zazen in Uncertain Times: Sitting with the Fire - Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Women's March on Bellingham
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (Shuso's Class)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Winter Practice Period 2017 - overview & registration
Saturday, January 07, 2017 Sangha Work Day
Sunday, January 01, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
Saturday, December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
Saturday, December 17, 2016 Saturday Morning Practice with Breakfast
Saturday, December 03, 2016 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Rohatsu 2016 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Election Day Sits
Monday, November 07, 2016 Let Love Be Our Legacy Interfaith Banner Display and Community Gathering
Saturday, October 29, 2016 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Inter-Sangha Work Party
Sunday, October 16, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Sangha Work Day - CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Cultivating the Seven Factors of Enlightenment
Saturday, October 08, 2016 Closing the Mountains Hike
Saturday, October 01, 2016 Understanding Consciousness: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
Saturday, September 24, 2016 CANCELED: Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
Friday, September 16, 2016 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Circumambulation of Mount Adams - Journey into Wildness
Sunday, September 04, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart: Paramitas of Meditation and Wisdom
Saturday, September 03, 2016 Sangha Work Day
Monday, August 15, 2016 Zazen in the Cedar Grove
Monday, August 15, 2016 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
Sunday, August 07, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
Saturday, August 06, 2016 Meditation in the Old Growth
Friday, August 05, 2016 Calligraphy Practice Group
Sunday, July 17, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Opening the Mountains Hike
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Summer Dharma Seminar: Our Embodied Life
Saturday, July 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Samish Sangha Clean Up
Saturday, June 18, 2016 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016 Samish Island Sesshin 2016
Saturday, June 04, 2016 Sangha Work Day
Friday, May 20, 2016 Skagit Poetry Festival with Norman Fischer
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Gentle Zen Retreat
Sunday, April 03, 2016 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
Sunday, March 13, 2016 Norman Fischer Reading at Village Books
Sunday, March 13, 2016 Norman Fischer reading at Village Books
Sunday, March 13, 2016 Practice Period Closing Ceremony
Friday, March 11, 2016 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
Monday, March 07, 2016 Zen Precepts Study Group
Friday, March 04, 2016 Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
Friday, March 04, 2016 Introduction to Buddhist Meditation with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
Friday, February 26, 2016 Buddhism in Bellingham panel - Whatcom READS!
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
Monday, February 08, 2016 Introduction to Zen Meditation Practice
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Zen Pioneers Study Group
Saturday, January 30, 2016 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Winter Practice Period 2016 - overview & registration
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
Sunday, January 17, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit
Saturday, January 16, 2016 Tim's 50th Birthday
Saturday, January 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
Thursday, December 31, 2015 New Year's Ceremony
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Eko Jeff Kelley
Friday, December 04, 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
Thursday, December 03, 2015 Rohatsu - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Visiting Dharma Talk with Eko Jeff Kelley
Saturday, October 31, 2015 A Day of Compassion with Nomon Tim Burnett
Thursday, October 29, 2015 Jukai Ceremony
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Stories of Awakening with Anita Feng
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Closing the Mountains Hike
Friday, September 18, 2015 Four Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Meditation in the Old Growth
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Opening the Mountains Hike
Sunday, June 28, 2015 Samish Sangha Clean Up
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Samish Dharma Talks
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Gentle Zen Retreat
Friday, June 19, 2015 Samish Island Sesshin
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Sangha Work Party
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Sangha Work Party
Sunday, April 05, 2015 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
Sunday, April 05, 2015 Circumambulation of Mount Erie
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 Buddha's Birthday
Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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