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

    • Monday, April 01, 2019
    • Monday, June 03, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Using Zoom Software
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    A Class on the Heart Sutra with Nomon Tim Burnett

    Chanted daily at Zen temples all over the world the Heart Sutra is a dense and confounding text on emptiness, healing, and salvation. In this class, offered live online using the Zoom Video software, Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett will support an exploration of the meaning of the sutra and the implications of it's emptiness teachings for our lives.

    Primary text: The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh. Please obtain this book before the first meeting. Additional readings will be provided.

    Schedule: Mondays 4pm - 6pm, roughly every other week on April 1st, April 15th, April 29th, May 13th, May 20th, and June 3rd.

    About this live online class: with your home computer, tablet, or phone you will be able to see and hear Tim and the other class members. On your home computer simply follow this link https://zoom.us/j/899719816 on other devices install the Zoom app and "Join Meeting" number 899-719-816 when class begins. Tim will be available  30 minutes early at the first meeting to help with tech challenges. We are trying an online class for accessibility for those who find it difficult to travel to the zendo or live further away.

    • Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    A monthly group with Nomon Tim Burnett and Seishu John Wiley 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

    • Wednesday April 3rd, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - about the precepts, refuges 
    • Wednesday April 17th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm - pure precepts
    • (Note Zen Sewing Weekend May 4th & 5th is important for jukai students sewing rakusu)
    • Wednesday May 15th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm- - precepts 1 & 9
    • Wednesday June 12th5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 2 & 3
    • Wednesday July 17th5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 4 & 5
    • Wednesday August 7th5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 6 & 7
    • Wednesday September 11th5:30pm - 6:30pm - precepts 8 & 10
    • Cohort Retreat - Sunday October 6th, 9am - 1pm
    • Precepts Retreat & Ceremony - Saturday October 26*,  6am - 5pm (ceremony at 3pm, Jukai students usually invite friends and family). *note this is a change of date.

    Texts:
    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, Sangha Teacher Ryushin Andrea Thach, 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, Chris Burkhart, or Kate McKenna.

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

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

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

    • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice on the last Sunday monthly.

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

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP to register.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: The space is available to groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12, with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping. Contact Bob if you're interested in scheduling a program at Hidden Mountain.

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

    • Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225

    Sangha Conversations are quarterly open discussions of all members who care to attend. Usually held on the 5th Wednesday evening of the month, a sangha leader may suggest a topic to get us started but these are open and "horizontal" gatherings. A way to hear from each other and be heard.

    For information about topics that may have been thought of for this next Sangha Conversation please contact the Guiding Teacher. Nomon Tim Burnett at tim@redcedarzen.org of 360-223-0687.

    And remember that you are always welcome to bring up any topic, idea or concern and the sangha and leadership will listen with full attention.

    Member Appreciation & Sangha Conversation Schedule
       (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

    More information about Red Cedar Zen organizational structure and volunteers are always available on our Volunteers Page - located under "Business" in the menus.



    • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    • Dokusan Room, Red Cedar Dharma Hall

    The Board of Directors oversees RCZC's practical operations and aims to include members of diverse ages, genders, and practice backgrounds. The Board is focussed on operations, finance, long term planning, and keeping the sangha legally and officially afloat. 

    All members are welcome to visit monthly Board meetings. Please bear in mind that you are entering into an ongoing  conversation when you visit and that agendas are usually full. If you have a significant matter to discuss, please contact the Board President, Bob Rose at basilbob1@gmail.com or 360-708-1139 ahead of time to add an agenda item to the meeting. Sometimes you may be asked to wait for the next meeting depending on depending agenda items.

    Note that the Practice Committee supports the Guiding Teacher in overseeing matters of practice and program. Practice Committee meetings are also open to visitors.

    Current members and access to meeting minutes:

    President – Bob Rose
    Vice President – Tuli Candela
    Secretary – Hannah Sullivan
    Treasurer – Bernadette Prinster
    Director-at-Large – Christopher Patton
    Guiding Teacher – Tim Burnett, ex officio

    Contact person: Bob Rose basilbob1@gmail.com
    Minutes are available: Minutes - Board Meetings
     
     and Minutes - Annual Meetings

    More information about Red Cedar Zen organizational structure and volunteers are always available on our Volunteers Page - located under "Business" in the menus.



    • Friday, June 07, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Dining Room downstairs, Red Cedar Dharma Hall

    The Practice Committee works with the guiding teacher to develop and maintain RCZC's practice framework. It consists the core volunteers who put on our programs (Ino, Retreat Manager, Tenzo, Registrar) plus two of our Practice Leaders (senior students who have been shuso). 

    Note that the Board of Directors, not the Practice Committee, oversees RCZC's practical operations around finance, long term planning, and legal and official matters.

    All members are welcome to visit our every-other-month Practice Committee meetings, please bear in mind that you are entering into an ongoing conversation when you visit and that agendas are usually full. If you have a significant matter to discuss please contact the Guiding Teacher, Nomon Tim Burnett, at tim@redcedarzen.org or 360-223-0687 ahead of the meeting if would like to add an agenda item to the meeting. Sometimes you may be asked to wait for the next meeting.

    Current members and access to meeting minutes:

    Guiding Teacher - Tim Burnett (coordinator)
    Ino - Hannah Sullivan 
    Tenzo - Bob Rose 
    Retreat Manager - Tuli Candela
    Registrar - Judith Koontz
    Practice Leader (1) - Chris Burkhart
    Practice Leader (2) - open

    Contact person: Tim Burnett tim@redcedarzen.org
    Minutes available: Minutes - Practice Committee

    More information about Red Cedar Zen organizational structure and volunteers are always available on our Volunteers Page - located under "Business" in the menus.



    • Saturday, June 08, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Samu - Zen work - is a key part of the Zen Buddhist practice tradition. Harmonizing body and mind we sweep, repair, and tend the temple.

    Please join the Red Cedar Zen Sangha for a joyful full morning of working together on all of the 1st Saturdays of the month from April through October (except in June this year as we swapped weeks with BIMS)

    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

    2019 Work Days 
    Saturday April 6th
    Saturday May 4th
    Saturday June 8th (Samish pack-up) *2nd Saturday*
    Saturday July 6th
    Saturday August 3rd
    Saturday September 7th  <-- replaced by Ordination of Ryushin Kate McKenna and Chikyo Ewan Magie
    Saturday October 5th

    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, June 09, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 03, 2019
    • 2:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    A monthly group with Shūkō Edie Norton for all Red Cedar Zen Members interested in deepening their practice. Designed for those facing increasing limitations due to health or aging. Students should have the intention to attend most of the six monthly meetings.

    SCHEDULE
    From1pm to 2:30pm the following Sundays:  June 9th, July 14th, August 4th, September 8th, October 6th and November 3rd.

    Text:
    Pema Chodron, No Time to Lose (recently reissued as Becoming Bodhisattvas, they are the same book). Please bring your own copy of the book.

    Study Process
    Each group meeting will include discussion, experiential exercises, and reflection in small groups to support participants in engaging personally with the material to create your own bodhisattva "plan." Home-based reflections and projects in between meetings will be offered as well.

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

    • Friday, June 14, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • SeaTac Airport, one level below Skybridge 4 exit
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    Register

    For those attending the Samish Island Sesshin starting on June 14 who are flying into SeaTac, we are able this year to provide a convenient shuttle bus service using Beeline Charters.


    Sign up using the "Register" button to the left if you would like a seat on this round-trip shuttle leaving SeaTac Airport on

    Friday June 14 at 2pm

    and leaving the Samish Island campground retreat site at 11:00 on Saturday June 22 for a:

    1:30 pm arrival at SeaTac Airport on Saturday June 22 (downtown Seattle drop-off also available)

    The cost for this shuttle is $90.00 for the round trip, not including a tip for the driver. We are not able to offer a one-way ticket.

    On the return trip if you let us know ahead of time, the shuttle can stop briefly for one drop-off in downtown Seattle at the centrally located transit hub of the International District/Chinatown Metro Transit Station (located at 5th Ave S & S Jackson St). This location is served by Link Light Rail and Seattle Metro buses and is also easily accessible by car.

    Seattle Airport new Ground Transportation location. To meet the Red Cedar Zen group, exit the terminal using Skybridge #4 and take the escalator to your left down one level. The Beeline Charters desk will be right there.

    Cancellation Policy

    We regret that no refunds are possible with the shuttle bookings as we are on contract with the bus company. This supersedes our usual cancellation policies.

    • 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 is now open.

    Note for travelers: airporter shuttle service is now available - click here to register.

    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.

    See also our new Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett - an affordable 3-day sesshin being held at the same site June 30th - July 3rd.

    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 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

    • Saturday, June 15, 2019
    • 10:30 AM
    • Friday, June 21, 2019
    • 11:30 AM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232

    Samish Island Dharma Talks, June 15-21, 2019

    All are welcome to come to Samish Island for the daily Dharma talks during our annual 8-day Samish Island Sesshin. Please arrive at 10:30am for the 10:40am talk - the community will be doing walking meditation just before the talk starts. No registration or fees, however donations for the speakers are appreciated.  

    Talks this  year will be by Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett, our recently transmitted ordained priest Shundo Chris Burkhart, and sesshin leader and Red Cedar Zen Founding Teacher Guiding Teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer.

    Talks Schedule:
    Saturday - Nomon Tim Burnett
    Sunday - Shundo Chris Burkhart
    Monday - Zoketsu Norman Fischer
    Tuesday - Nomon Tim Burnett
    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - Zoketsu Norman Fischer

    Directions
    After parking just below the small plywood cabins walk across the large lawn to your right (to the east) to the large barn-like multi-purpose structure we use as the zendo. Those with mobility issues can drive directly to the zendo (ask the Retreat Manager for exact directions).




    • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join us for a a reading with Norman Fischer from his latest Dharma book at Village Books after the Samish Island 8-day sesshin.

    (this is part of VB's Literature Live series, no need to register ahead of time)

    The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

    An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life.

    In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or “six perfections”—generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding—can help us reconfigure the world we live in. Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.

    A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Norman Fischer is a poet and essayist. He has been practicing as a Zen Buddhist priest for thirty five years, and is one of the senior Zen teachers in America.

    Norman has written more than twenty-five books of poetry and prose. Norman Fischer lives on a cliff near Muir Beach California with his wife Kathie, also a Zen priest. Their two sons live in Brooklyn.

    The latest of his more than twenty-five poetry and prose titles are Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (prose, Poetics Series, University of Alabama Press), Conflict (poetry, Chax Press), The Strugglers (poetry, Singing Horse Press), and Magnolias All At Once (poetry, Singing Horse). In 2000 he retired as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, one of the largest Buddhist organizations in the West, and founded  The Everyday Zen Foundation is an international network of Buddhist groups and social projects. His latest Buddhist title is Training in Compassion (Shambhala). 

    • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

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

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

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP to register.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: The space is available to groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12, with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping. Contact Bob if you're interested in scheduling a program at Hidden Mountain.

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

    • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday, July 03, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
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    A silent 3-day Zen meditation retreat with a focus on daily activity.

    Red Cedar Zen is delighted to announce we can again offer our new financially accessible, silent Zen sesshin at Samish Island Campground. (See also our 8-day sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer)

    The retreat revolves around the Zen koan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The three-day sesshin runs from 5pm on Sunday June 30th until 6pm on Wednesday July 3rd.

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

    Exact Location:
    This year's work sesshin will be using the main Samish Campground (not the church). Check in at the dining hall and bring cushions to the main camp "CFC" (large barn-like building we use as a zendo at the 8-day retreat). 

    Schedule: (full time attendance only)
    Sunday - arrive between 4pm and 5pm to set up the zendo and be ready for evening practice starting at 7pm. Note that no dinner will be served, bring a snack as needed. 
    Monday - 5am - 9pm silent sesshin day. 3 oryoki meals.
    Tuesday - 5am - 9pm silent sesshin day. 3 oryoki meals.
    Wednesday - 5am - 4pm sesshin day. Oryoki breakfast and lunch.
          After afternoon work we'll clean up and be out at about 5pm. 

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

    Food
    The retreat includes 3 simple vegetarian meals per day prepared with local ingredients starting with breakfast on Monday. Meals are taking with the oryoki eating bowls. Plan on bringing your own set. If you need to purchase one we recommend the sets from Still Sitting.

    Housing: Housing is provided with several options:

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

    E-Cabin, solo room, $130 - $180 sliding scale
        (8 available to us, sharing extends this resource to more participants)

    E-Cabin, shared room: $110 - $160 sliding scale
        (16 spots available in 8 rooms).

     e-Cabin Exterior

     e-Cabin Interior

    Rustic Cabins - simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's. Camp style bathrooms in a separate building. Most rustic housing will be private.
               Rustic cabin, solo room, $90 - $140 sliding scale

     Rustic Cabin, exterior

     Rustic cabin, interior

    RV with Hookup - you are welcome to bring a camping trailer or RV. 
                RV option: $90 - $140 sliding scale

    Tent - you can bring a tent and camp on the lawn. A lower cost option.
                Tent Option: $70 - $120 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.

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

    Samish Island Campground

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

    11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    Map and Directions


    • Saturday, July 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register
    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 (except in June this year as we swapped weeks with BIMS)

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

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

    2018 Work Days 
    Saturday April 6th
    Saturday May 4th
    Saturday June 8th (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 6th
    Saturday August 3rd
    Saturday September 7th
    Saturday October 5th

    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

    • Saturday, July 13, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner
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    A full day hike to open the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike to Skyline Divide - our first mindful foray into the deep mountains to open the season.

    This popular local destination, a beautiful subalpine ridge partially covered in early season snowfields and avalanche lilies, will be our place of Opening the Mountains for the beginning of our ritual hiking season.   

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the first ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests waking up the mountain deities, will be a 6 mile round trip with about a 1500’ elevation gain.

    The trail can be muddy at this time of the year so, depending on the advance of the season, you may want to bring gaiters for snow in the upper portions.  But although there could be some hard snow it will also be mostly clear on the ridge.

    Register at www.RedCedarZen.org

    An early start is essential to have sufficient daylight to complete this hike at a modest pace. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 8:30am or at Nugent's Corner at 9:00am. To make a very full day consider joining the zendo practice at 6:00am.

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

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • Sunday, July 28, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

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

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

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP to register.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: The space is available to groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12, with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping. Contact Bob if you're interested in scheduling a program at Hidden Mountain.

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

    • Saturday, August 03, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register
    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 (except in June this year as we swapped weeks with BIMS)

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

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

    2018 Work Days 
    Saturday April 6th
    Saturday May 4th
    Saturday June 8th (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 6th
    Saturday August 3rd
    Saturday September 7th
    Saturday October 5th

    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, August 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner
    Register

     

    An easy stroll into the deep primeval woods of our region. Mediation, ritual, contemplation and community. NEW: we'll stop at Nooksack Falls, please bring sack lunch.

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

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

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

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • Sunday, August 18, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Friday, August 23, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham and Mount Baker Wilderness
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    Inspired by Eihei Dogen's 1240AD text the Mountains and Rivers Sutra (Sansuikyo), this retreat includes four days and three nights of silent backpacking through a beautiful old growth hemlock forest to a seldom-visited base camp at Mazama Park, just south of Mount Baker at the foot of Park Butte. Our days will be interspersed with some social and free time. Activities include traditional Zen practice, a short solo exercise, and opportunities for day hiking. The retreat is appropriate for new meditators and beginning backpackers.

    The retreat begins at Hawk Meadow Farm with a day of meditation, preparation, and nature awareness activities.  The ritual form of the backpack is a pilgrimage to our home mountain, "sutra mapping" the Sansuikyo on the upper watersheds of the South and Middle Forks of the Nooksack River.

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


    More Details:   

    Cost includes all food at the farm and on the trail. A telephone interview with Bob to assess questions around hiking gear and fitness is required before registration is completed.

    NOTE: The base cost for this retreat does not, however, provide any compensation to the teachers.  Instruction for our Wilderness Retreat programs are offered on a dana (generosity) basis. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

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

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions.

    • Sunday, August 25, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

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

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

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP to register.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: The space is available to groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12, with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping. Contact Bob if you're interested in scheduling a program at Hidden Mountain.

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

    • Saturday, September 07, 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street, Bellingham WA 98225
    Register

    The Zen ceremony of priest ordination called zaike tokudo (literally "leaving home, attaining the way") is a ceremony of deep commitment to the Zen precepts, the Zen path, and the sangha. The student makes a lifetime commitment to put the practice first in their lives.

    Please come sit with and support Ryushin Kate and Chikyo Ewan as they take this step.

    The ceremony is preceded by a half-day sesshin with oryoki breakfast and lunch.

    6am - 3pm - Half-Day Sesshin with oryoki breakfast and lunch - please RSVP

    3pm - 5pm Zaike Tokudo (Priest's Ordination) Ceremony and Reception - please RSVP

    Please join us in the celebration of ethical practice and community. Register for your attendance at either the full retreat or just the ordination 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.

    • Saturday, September 07, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register
    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 (except in June this year as we swapped weeks with BIMS)

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

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

    2018 Work Days 
    Saturday April 6th
    Saturday May 4th
    Saturday June 8th (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 6th
    Saturday August 3rd
    Saturday September 7th
    Saturday October 5th

    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

    • Friday, September 13, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    Register

     

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    Sauk Mountain Full Moonrise Hike

    Join us for a special early evening day hike to the summit of Sauk Mountain in the Cascade Foothills.  Sauk Mountain was the fire lookout location where eventual Zen priest Phillip Whalen spent the summer of 1953.  The lookout building is long since gone. The same summer his friend Gary Snyder was lookout on Sourdough Mountain.  Later Whalen was also a lookout on Sourdough.  In his poem "Sourdough Mountain Lookout" Whalen wrote -

    "Then I'm alone in a glass house on a ridge
    Encircled by chiming mountains
    With one sun roaring through the house all day
    & the others crashing through the glass all night
    Conscious even while sleeping"

    On this hike we will attempt to capture some of the experience Whalen spoke of.  We will arrive on the summit just as the late summer sun is setting over the Skagit Valley and the Salish Sea, and then moments later view the full moon rise over the Picket Range off to the east while the mountains go down in sunset glow.

    The hike is a short climb of just two miles and 1,200' of elevation gain (four miles round trip).  It is a very popular hike and we are sure to not be alone on the summit.  Bring warm clothes and a wind breaker to put on for some summit-time hanging out, water, a snack, and be sure to bring a headlamp for the hike back down.

    We will meet at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall at 3pm to form carpools for the 1-1/2 hour drive to the trailhead. We will expecting to get back to the Dharma Hall by about 9:30pm.

    • Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner
    Register

     

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    An intensive long day hike to the source of the Nooksack River: Nooksack Cirque.
    This long and strenuous hike in and out of the the Upper North Fork drainage is largely off trail on rocky terrain. Plan on a full day, hiking at a good pace, and wearing hiking boots. At the Cirque we will perform the years final Exchanging Water ritual in the ice caves amid waterfalls, transferring water from the Salish Sea with mountain glacial water, which we annually perform at the headwaters of all three branches of the Nooksack,

    A very early start is essential to have sufficient daylight for this long day hike. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 5:00am or at Nugent's Corner at 5:30am.  If you are new to this hike a telephone or email exchange with Bob to determine your fitness for the journey will be required to complete your registration.

    NOTE: In case of bad weather on the chosen day the alternate day for this hike will be Sunday, October 6th. 

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

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • Sunday, September 29, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register

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

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

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome. Please RSVP to register.  

    About Hidden Mountain Zendo: The space is available to groups, or for personal retreat. Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12, with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping. Contact Bob if you're interested in scheduling a program at Hidden Mountain.

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

    • Saturday, October 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Register
    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 (except in June this year as we swapped weeks with BIMS)

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

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

    2018 Work Days 
    Saturday April 6th
    Saturday May 4th
    Saturday June 8th (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 6th
    Saturday August 3rd
    Saturday September 7th
    Saturday October 5th

    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

    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall to trailhead at Samish Overlook
    Register

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

    Join us for a meditation hike to the gem of the Chuckanuts: Oyster Dome.This popular local destination, a prominent rocky outcrop on the southwest face of Blanchard mountain, will be our place of Closing the Mountains for the ending of our ritual hiking season.   

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the last ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests putting the mountain to rest, will be a 5 mile round trip with about a 1,000’ elevation gain. On the dome we will perform a ritual combining water from the three headwater branches of the Nooksack River. At the end of the hike we will carpool down to Larabee Beach for our seasons final ritual, returning water to the Salish Sea.

    Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 9am. Those coming from Skagit can meet us at the trailhead on Chuckanut Drive at 9:30 (please indicate in the RSVP registration where you will meet us).

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

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. If you choose to offer dana (details on Dana Paramita here) please visit our Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.
     

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street, Bellingham WA 98225
    Register