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

    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 06, 2019
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Details will be online soon about our annual Winter Practice Period. Practice Period is a time of more focussed and intentional practice during which we are supported by a head student (shuso) who takes on some teaching roles.

    2019 Winter Practice Period main dates:

    • Opening Ceremony - Wednesday January 16th
    • One-Day Sesshin - Saturday February 2nd
    • Shuso's class - Wednesdays January 23rd through February 20th (6pm - 6:50pm).
    • Closing Sesshin - Wednesday Feb 27th through Sunday March 3rd
    • Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony - Sunday March 3rd at 11am
    • Introduction to Zen Meditation Class - Mondays February 4th to 25th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    • Closing Ceremony - Wednesday March 6th

    This year's shuso (head student) will be
    Shin-yu Scott Allen supported by benji (shuso's assistant) Ikushun Desire Webster.

    Thank you and look for more details on each event online soon. There is an overall Practice Period registration and individual registration for the retreats.


    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 06, 2019
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall
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    Overview and main sign up for participating in the 2019 Winter Practice Period. 

    Practice Period is a time in which Zen students practice intensively together. Historically, practice period started with the rains retreats of the early Buddhist monks and nuns 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 a our 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's shuso is Shin-yu Scott Allen.

    Practice Period ThemeWe will also be guided this year by the theme: "Continuing Our Maturity". We'll be exploring how Zen practice supports us in the gradual and often surprising process of truly growing up.

    Practice Period Class: Scott 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. 5 Wednesday meetings from Jan. 23 to Feb 20 starting promptly at 6pm.

    Tea with the Shuso: Practice Period Participants are warmly invited to have tea with Shuso Scott to discuss practice and get to know each other more deeply. Please contact his Benji (assistant) Desiree Webster (contact info at the Sangha Directory, members only and you must be logged in) and also look for a sign up sheet in the lobby to be available later.

    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 Andrea, 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 16th, 7pm - 9pm, at the Dharma Hall which includes a powerful entering ceremony for Scott and the opportunity to verbally share your practice and life intentions during Practice Period.

    Opening Sesshin: There is an opening 1-day sesshin Practice Period Opening Sesshin on Saturday February 2nd, which requires pre-registration to sit the day. Scott will give his first formal Dharma Talk at 10:30am that morning - the topic is his Way Seeking Mind (practice autobiography). All are warmly invited to attend his talk even if you can't sit the full day. Details here: Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.

    The practice period closes with three events in sequence:

    (1) The 4-day Practice Period Closing Sesshin from the evening of Wednesday February 27th - afternoon of Sunday March 3rd. 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: Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony at 11am on Sunday March 3rd.

    (3) A final closing circle will be held Practice Period Closing Circle on Wednesday evening March 6th.

    Additional events include:

    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 13th 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).

    Our all-morning dip into deep zazen Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in January is being offered on Sunday January 20th. A great event to include in practice period.

    For most participants it's also a time to practice more at home, to study, or to take on a special focus in their practice lives.

    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 on January 16th. Or 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.

    To sign up for practice period:

    Fill out the registration form to sign up for practice period, stating your intentions and if you are interested in distance participation. Click Register on the left to begin the process. Note that separate registration is required for the two retreats and the class.

    A note on fees: there is no overall fee for joining. Classes are no-fee for Red Cedar members but require registration. There is a modest fee for retreats. Participants are always encouraged to make donations to the sangha or the teachers they work with as their means allow.

    REGISTER FOR PRACTICE PERIOD

    Note that separate registrations are additionally required for Practice Period Sesshin and classes:


    • Sunday, January 20, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Join us in this rare opportunity to spend the morning doing nothing but zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and bowing.  

    We will maintain silence throughout, with the exception of bells to mark meditation periods, and chanting the Refuges aloud when we end. ​

    The zazenkai will be led by Ryushin Andrea Thach andrea.thach@gmail.com.  Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions.

    If you are planning to come and this will be your first time, please contact Andrea for orientation. Those materials will also be posted the week of the Zazenkai.

    No registration fee, please consider bringing a dana donation for the teacher.

    Schedule: Zazen beings at 8:00am, the day concludes with Refuges at 12:30pm.

    ZAZENKAI SILENT HALF-DAY SESSHIN SCHEDULE
    8:00  zazen (with Robe Chant silently to ourselves)
    8:40   kinhin
    8:50   zazen
    9:30   kinhin
    9:40   zazen
    10:20  fast kinhin
    10:35  bathroom or water break
    10:40  zazen
    11:30   kinhin
    11:40   zazen
    12:20  9 bows together, then continue at own pace, end signaled by bell
    12:30 chant refuges to close.

    Notes:
    There will be a 10 minute period of bowing at your own pace prior to the refuges, and we will have one period of fast kinhin. Both of these activities can be adapted to harmonize with individual needs and abilities. 

    • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    • 6:50 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA
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    The Shuso's Practice Period Class

    It seems, recently, that our nation has turned itself upside down. The time for understanding a true and healthy maturity couldn't be more urgent. And growing into a deeper and healthier maturity can help us to be the force for positive change we so often look for elsewhere.

    Please join Shuso Shin-yu Scott Allen in examining the process of Continuing our Maturity.

    Required Text: Taking Our Places: the Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up by Norman Fischer. Purchase or bring your own or on the sign up for this class indicate that you would like to request a copy from the group order ($15 recommended donation to the sangha, cash only).

    Schedule:  Five Wednesday evening sessions starting promptly at 6pm January 23- February 20th.

    Registration Required (not drop-in) - no charge for Red Cedar members.

    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).

    For more information about Practice Period: Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration or 2019 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates.

     And note that separate registrations are required for whichever of the following practice period events you'll also be attending


    • Saturday, February 02, 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    One Day Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett and Shuso Shin-yu Scott Allen

    After our Opening Ceremony (1/16) and beginning the Shuso's Class (1/23), Practice Period continues to open with a one day formal Zen Sesshin on Saturday February 2nd.

    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 by the Shuso, 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 the
    Shuso's Way Seeking Mind 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). 

    Practice Period: You are welcome to attend this sesshin regardless of your level of Practice Period attendance. Practice Period students are strongly encouraged to attend if possible. See Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration.

     And note that separate registrations are required for whichever of the following practice period events you'll be attending:


    • Saturday, February 02, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    Join us for the Shuso's first Formal Dharma Talk during the opening sesshin of Winter Practice Period.

    Join us as Shuso Shin-yu Scott Allen shares the story of his life in practice. This first formal Dharma Talk is a part of the Practice Period Opening Sesshin - you may come to just the talk if you are unable to sit the day.

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

    Arrive at the Dharma Hall lobby at 10:30am to be ready to go in for the talk at the end of kinhin at 10:40am. The Ino will invite you in.

    Please use the RSVP Registration so we have an idea of numbers.



    • Monday, February 04, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Monday, February 25, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • 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 Seishu John Wiley and Ryushin Kate McKenna,  longtime members of the Red Cedar Zen Community. See our teachers page for more information about John and Kate.

    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.

    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 Shuso's Class)
    7:00pm Zazen
    7:40pm kinhin
    7:50pm Zazen
    8:40pm Parinirvana Ceremony
    9:00pm close

    No pre-registration required.

    For more info on Practice Period and to register please see Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration or glance at the 2019 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates.

    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, March 03, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    Our 4-day sesshin with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim, Ordained Teacher Ryushin Andrea Thach and Shuso Shin-yu Scott Allen to close Winter Practice Period.

    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 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry 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: Initially only full time attendance is offered. You must be able to attend the entire sesshin (extra rest breaks / modified schedules are okay) as listed. A part time option (full days) will be made available on February 1st if there is room.

    Other Options: you may come to the Dharma Talks Thursday - Saturday morning at 10:30am. Please come to the Shuso 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.

    Practice Period: You are welcome to attend this sesshin regardless of your level of Practice Period attendance. Practice Period students are strongly encouraged to attend if possible. See Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration.

     And note that separate registrations are required for whichever of the following practice period events you'll be attending:


    • Thursday, February 28, 2019
    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
         
    Nomon Tim Burnett Ryushin Andrea Thach Shin-yu Scott Allen
    As part of the Practice Period Closing Sesshin the morning Dharma Talks are open to sangha members, practice period participants, and visitors.

    Thursday
    10:30am Nomon Tim Burnett

    Friday
    10:30am Ryushin Andrea Thac

    Saturday
    10:30am  Shin-yu Scott Allen

    Sunday
    11:00am Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony (please read more).

    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.

    For information on registering for the 4-day sesshin these talks are a part of please see Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration or glance at the 2019 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates.


    • Sunday, March 03, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    An important ceremony for the Shuso's training and part of the culmination of Practice Period.

    Join us with a question from the heart to share with Shuso Shin-yu Scott Allen at the Hossinshiki ceremony which also concludes 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 shuso. Together we bring up the Dharma in this important empowerment ritual for the shuso and the 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.

    • Wednesday, March 06, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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 and the important Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony we will gather one last time on Wednesday evening to sit in circle and close the 2019 Winter Practice Period and thank Shuso Shin-yu Scott Allen for his leadership and service.

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

    No registration required.

    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA
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    Better Angels Skills Workshop

     How to Talk Across the Political Divide

    The election is over, but we’re still polarized.

    What? An interactive workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and support our relationships.

    After a presentation, you will have an opportunity to practice conversation skills.  You will partner with someone of your same political persuasion—conservative or liberal.  If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose a side for purposes of practicing the skills.

    Who?       Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle

    When? Saturday, March 30, 2019   9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Where? Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA

    Organizers:   Edie Norton, Zen Priest

    This workshop is offered Free of Charge for the benefit of all.

    Pre-registration is required by please use the Red Cedar Zen website.

    About Better Angels:

    Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify our divided nation.  By bringing conservative and liberal Americans together into a working alliance, we’re building new ways to talk to one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation.

    Join us!   www.better-angels.org


    • Friday, June 14, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232
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    Registration will open on January 15th, 2019. Please check back and be sure you're on our email list if you'd like to receive reminders and update about our events.

    Note for travelers: airporter shuttle service will be available soon.

    New in 2019: we'll be eating our meals in the Zen 3-bowl Oryoki style. You must bring your own oryoki set. If you need a set we recommend these sets from Still Sitting.

    Our annual 7-day (8 nights) silent Zen sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer 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. A deep time for practice and reflection with the support of sangha and teachers.

    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.

    Full Retreat only, room alone: $785 - $885 sliding scale

    Full Retreat, room shared: $620 - $720

    Half Retreat, room shared $375 - $425

     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

    Rustic Cabins Full Retreat: $595 - $695 sliding scale

    Rustic Cabins Half of retreat: $355 - $405 sliding scale

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

    Tent Full Retreat: $490 - $590 sliding scale

    Tent Half of Retreat: $290 - $340 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.

    Dates and Cancellation

    • January 15-  Registration Opens. 
    • 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

Past events

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
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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