Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Printable 2017 Calendar Available - the entire 2017 year's plan for retreats, classes, rituals and workshops is now available on the Annual Calendar Page. Download the helpful printable visual calendar or pick up a copy in the Dharma Hall Lobby.
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Upcoming events

    • 01 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Samu - Zen work - is a key part of the Zen Buddhist practice tradition. Harmonizing body and mind we sweep, repair, and tend the temple.

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

    Schedule - after our usual early morning meditation practice and potluck breakfast (6am - 9:00am) we'll begin work at 9am, continue until noon when we'll enjoy a potluck lunch together. Closing about 1:00pm.

    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.

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

    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
    1:00pm Close

    2017 Work Days 
    Saturday January 7th
    Saturday April 1st
    Saturday May 6th
    Saturday June 3rd (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 1st
    Saturday September 2nd
    Saturday October 7th

    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.


    • 02 Jul 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    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. 

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

    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.

    Hike to Skyline Divide.  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 you may want to bring gaiters for snow in the upper portions.  Although there could be snow there will also be clear areas on the ridge.

    Register at www.RedCedarZen.org


    And 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.
    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Barbara Johnson's home. 3967 E. Maryland St Bellingham, WA 98226
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    A new workshop on flower arranging with Barbara Johnson

    The Way of Flowers: bringing nature into your home with art of Japanese inspired flower arranging.

    By bringing together the influence of Ikebana, bonsai, flower arranging, meditation and a love of nature, we will gently explore “the essence of life”.

    This art of flower arranging can be practiced anytime, anywhere and by anyone. Learn how simple guidelines and practice can assist you in creating an inspiring flower arrangement along with deep feeling of nature in our lives. We will explore how we “feel” about the lines of nature, how “less is more”, and how open space allows our eye to follow a simple line of beauty.

    Tools and materials:

    • Vases and clippers will be provided (or you can bring your own) 
    • Vases, containers, and kenzans (frogs) will be available to purchase at cost.
    • Plant material will be provided Class size: Maximum 8
    • Cost: for materials only $10 each (please bring cash or a check to Barbara Johnson to class)

    Preparing for the workshop:
    If you have time before the class, take a walk in your yard or park and notice how you feel about what you are seeing. What moves you and how does it feel in your body? Notice the colors and the lines of different trees, bushes, flowers and plants. If you find a rock, stick, twig, flower or something that moves you, if practical you might bring it to class.

    Directions to Barbara's house near Big Rock Park in the Silver Beach neighborhood.
    3967 E. Maryland St Bellingham, WA 98226

    • Heading towards Whatcom Lake at the corner of Alabama Street and Northshore Drive, turn left onto Northshore - you will drive a short distance toward the East shore of Whatcom Lake
    • Turn left onto Silver Beach Avenue (church is on your left, Lake on your right)
    • Go a short distance on Silver Beach Road. Turn right onto Peter Street and drive two short blocks to the dead-end.
    • Turn left onto E Maryland Street. (It is a also a dead-end street.) At the sign (red and white dead-end), turn right into the driveway.
    • You can park in the driveway or on E Maryland St. just below the house.

    Questions? Please contact Barbara at 360-603-2030 or baj@pobox.com

    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice through the summer and fall.

    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.

    Hidden Mountain 2017 Summer/Fall Practice:
    9am to 11:30am 4th Sunday’s     
    June 25th,     July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, and October 22nd.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome.

    Red Cedar Zen Community’s Wilderness Dharma Program is offering this new practice space to Red Cedar, our other extended local sanghas, other local retreat groups, or for personal retreat space.  Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

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

    Please RSVP register for the Friday, June 9th event so that we can plan accordingly.  Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

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

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

    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225

    A monthly study Group led by Ryushin Andrea Thach

    We will study with two minds: to understand the text in as part of the canonical doctrine of non-duality in the Mahayana (Andrea will offer some teaching) and to explore its meanings in our own day to day lives.

    Study group will meet monthly on a Sunday, likely afternoon, with some flexibility starting on July 23rd. We will meet for as long as it takes to digest and feel satisfied with our study together (that might be as much as a year).

    Members are asked to come every meeting they are in town unless something unavoidable has come up. We will schedule on a month by month basis to include the most people.

    The group is open to Buddhists of all backgrounds and is offered on a donation (dana) basis.

    Please consider at the end of each meeting making a donation to the teacher. Suggested $5-10 per class. Please register using the website so instructor knows whom to expect.

    For questions, contact Andrea at andrea.thach@gmail.com

    • 30 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225

    Join sangha teacher Shudo Chris Burkhart for a quiet day of sitting and walking meditation and a brief noon sevice. It is a nice opportunity to drop into deep silence together. First-time meditators are welcome (please contact Chris at chrisburkhart@hotmail.com to arrange for orientation at 8:30 am).

    The day begins with zazen at 9am and closes at 5pm. You are welcome to join for the full day (9am-5pm), or the morning (9am-12:15pm), or the afternoon (1:30pm-5pm). Please do not arrive or leave at other times to help support the settled quiet of this day of practice. Please bring a bag lunch or have lunch at one of the local restaurants. Morning and afternoon will include a short Dharma Talk and small group discussion.

    There is no charge; however PLEASE register through the registration system. Click Register on the left to being the brief RSVP registration process.

    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

     

    An easy stroll into the deep primeval woods of our region. Mediation, ritual, contemplation and community.

    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. We'll return to the Dharma Hall at about 1:00pm.

    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.
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225

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

    Details to follow.

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


    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham and Mount Baker Wilderness
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    Our original wilderness excursion: now in it's 17th year. An introductory day plus a three-day meditation backpack onto the slopes of Mount Baker.

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

    The group prepares for the mountains in the lowlands with an evening of meditation, day program in nature awareness, and Native American sweat lodge. The first two nights of this program are at Hawk Meadow Farm outside Bellingham, followed by two nights on the slopes of Mount Baker.

    Wednesday evening - attend zazen at Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham and proceed to Hawk Meadow Farm. 
    Thursday - Nature awareness retreat, packing & preparation, sweat lodge
    Friday - Sunday  3-day moderately strenuous backpack.

    Detailed Itinerary:

    Arrival & Zen Orientation - Wednesday 7pm - We will meet at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall at 5pm for dinner, orientation, and an evening of meditation with the larger Red Cedar Sangha.  After meditation we will drive about 20 minutes out to Hawk Meadow Farm.  Sleeping will be in the zendo yurt on floor futons or you may set up a tent.

    Nature Awareness Workshop - Thursday 9am - 3pm. Engaging the senses and slowing down together in the rich natural area around Hawk Meadow Farm.  Formal meditation practice will be combined with outdoor explorations and encounters.

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

    Native American Sweat Lodge  - Thursday  7pm - 10pm, facilitated by Rob Staveland, Northern Cheyenne-trained lodge teacher. A powerful ritual of purification and setting intentions. Sangha members not coming on the Mountains and Rivers are also invited to join in this evening of ritual. RSVP to Bob Penny (bobpenny1253@gmail.com / 360-927-5702) for details.

    Going to the Mountain - Early Friday morning we leave for Mount Baker. Our trailhead is 2 hours drive away. Hiking in to our base camp on Friday in silence we will spend two nights in the wilderness. Returning to the cars on Sunday August 18th at about 4:00pm and final return to Hawk Meadow at approximately 6:00pm to end this retreat.

    3-day Backpack: We hike into our base camp on Friday, hiking in silence and stopping for trail-side rituals along the way. At our base camp in Mazama Park we establish a zendo and practice all day Saturday. Hiking out on Sunday.  The shape our journey is a pilgrimage, stopping at ritual sites along the way to recite Dogen's Mountains and River Sutra.

    Returning from the Mountain. We generally reach the trailhead again on Sunday between 3pm and 5pm arriving back at Hawk Meadow Farm in Bellingham between 5pm and 7pm. This is a hiking event so arrival time can vary. 

    More Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice through the summer and fall.

    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.

    Hidden Mountain 2017 Summer/Fall Practice:
    9am to 11:30am 4th Sunday’s     
    June 25th,     July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, and October 22nd.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome.

    Red Cedar Zen Community’s Wilderness Dharma Program is offering this new practice space to Red Cedar, our other extended local sanghas, other local retreat groups, or for personal retreat space.  Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

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

    Please RSVP register for the Friday, June 9th event so that we can plan accordingly.  Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

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

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

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Mount Rainier, Washington

    Join the Red Cedar Zen Community Wilderness Program for a 3-night campground based wilderness meditation, ritual, and nature awareness retreat at famed Mt. Rainier National Park. RCZC has practiced wilderness meditation retreats for over fifteen years in the Pacific Northwest, and has developed a vibrant synthesis of backcountry travel and living, combined with traditional Soto Zen meditation and rituals.

    Standard arrival (preferred) 5pm Friday. Late arrival (if need be) no later than 12noon Saturday. Program ends 11 am Monday but some can stay on for Monday afternoon outing with sack lunch (provided) and restaurant dinner (at own expense) on way back.

    Red Cedar Zen Community "opened" the 100 mile ritual circuit around the mountain via the popular Wonderland Trail several years ago, and continues to perform this major circumambulation every few years as an affirmation of world peace.  This year we are revisiting the mountain with an accessible base camp experience.

    This will allow people with wide ranging abilities to participate in rituals and experiences viewing the mountain as a sacred center, a natural stupa, a manifestation of awakened presence, and symbol of world unity and enlightenment.

    Mt. Rainier is the highest and most heavily glaciated mountain in the Pacific Northwest in the continental United States, at 14,411 ft. above sea level in a majestic volcanic cone, and surrounded everywhere by expansive forests and stunning high alpine terrain, making the national park an incomparable center of botanical, biological, and geological diversity.

    Activities

    Our theme for the weekend will be "Meeting the Mountain."  We will be exploring, through meditation, close daily living in the outdoors, discussion, and experiences in nature, how to access and practice dignity and peace as it is reflected in the presence of one of the world great mountains.  Our days will begin and end with meditation at our Cougar Rock camp.  A dharma talk will be part of our evening programs Saturday and Sunday.  During the days we will have explorations, walks, hikes, and nature awareness activities led by various Red Cedar Zen Community teachers and leaders.  Sunday's hike will be a ritual four mile circumambulation loop on one of the parks most popular and accessible trails up to Panorama Point at over 7000 feet.  Those not able to do this hike can participate in the beginning and ending ritual of the hike and spend the hike time relaxing at the historic lodge at Paradise.  Other walks and activities during the retreat will be short slow explorations on wide and accessible national park trails.  These experiences should be accessible to a wide range of abilities.

    Details

    The campout will be at Cougar Rock Campground, at a group site at the far end of a very quite loop in the campground.  This is a largest and quietest group site in the park.  There is space for a number of vehicles, as well as overflow parking nearby.  The camp site can accommodate up to 40 people.  The campground has water and flush toilets, but no showers.

    A rotating set of chores will employ everyone in the daily functions of the ritual and practical life of our camping group.  Our days will begin and end with group meditation practice and chanting rituals.  Breakfasts and lunches will be conducted ritually in silence with chants offered.  The morning, through breakfast, and the evening after dinner, as well as portions of the days where we will be walking or hiking, will be conducted in noble silence.  Other portions of the day involving camp chores will allow cheerful discussion.  At the end of each day we will have a social, informal dinner before resuming silence for evening dharma talk and meditation. 

    An advance group will begin setting up the camp at noon on Friday.  Early arrivals may come by 5pm Friday evening for dinner and evening program.  Late arrivals should arrive no later than noon Saturday.  We will break camp and pack up by noon on Monday.  Some may choose to leave then, but others are welcome to stay for additional hiking Monday afternoon and a group dinner at a nearby restaurant on the way back home that evening.  PLEASE INDICATE YOUR PLANNED ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES ON YOUR REGISTRATION FORM.  BE SURE TO ALLOW AMPLE EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL SO AS TO ARRIVE BY YOUR PLANNED TIME.

    The camping area allows tents only.  Red Cedar will erect covering tents and structures to protect our meditation and kitchen areas, as well as some limited large scale sleeping tents with raised folding cots or air mattresses.  Red Cedar will supply all cooking and eating gear.  All meals at the campsite, as well as trail snacks for our walks and hikes, are included in your registration. You must reserve space for one of the folding cots/mattresses. Most participants will want to bring their own tents and sleeping pads.  Everyone must bring their own sleeping bag.  A full gear list will be forwarded with your registration.                

    Requirements                       

    Participants for this retreat should be in good health, be able to walk for periods of time carrying a light day pack, and ideally have a somewhat established meditation practice. Additionally, it is essential that participants should be very comfortable working in an intensely group-oriented camping environment, requiring close communication and living.  Please answer all the questions during the registration process, and be sure to include a phone number.  The trip leader will contact you for a short phone conversation to discuss the program.

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

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

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.

     

    • 02 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Samu - Zen work - is a key part of the Zen Buddhist practice tradition. Harmonizing body and mind we sweep, repair, and tend the temple.

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

    Schedule - after our usual early morning meditation practice and potluck breakfast (6am - 9:00am) we'll begin work at 9am, continue until noon when we'll enjoy a potluck lunch together. Closing about 1:00pm.

    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.

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

    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
    1:00pm Close

    2017 Work Days 
    Saturday January 7th
    Saturday April 1st
    Saturday May 6th
    Saturday June 3rd (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 1st
    Saturday September 2nd
    Saturday October 7th

    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.


    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Camp Indianola 10635 NE Shore Drive Indianola, WA 98342

    Five Day Residential Sesshin

    with Eko Jeff Kelley, Seattle Soto Zen and
    Nomon Tim Burnett, Red Cedar Zen Community

    Friday 7pm through Wednesday 3pm with the option to attend the opening weekend only.


    Sesshin, our Soto Zen form of intensive meditation retreat, offers us the chance to deeply investigate the true nature of this human life. We allow ourselves to be supported in this investigation by the forms of practice and the schedule of community life. Seattle Soto Zen will again host a four-day residential sesshin at Camp Indianola. We will be joined by our friends from Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham. Our silent sesshin will include zazen, kinhin, service, Dharma talks, dokusan and oryoki meals. Oryoki instruction will be available. The Camp is situated on Puget Sound, across Agate Passage from the north end of Bainbridge Island. It offers beautiful views and the chance to walk on the beach during breaks. The zendo is a wonderful high-ceilinged space facing the water. We will be sleeping dormitory style in eight shared bedrooms. You may also sleep in the zendo. Please join us.

    To attend, you must have completed at least one full-day retreat or have permission from one of the teachers. You may attend the weekend portion of the sesshin or attend the entire sesshin. The weekend portion runs from Friday,7pm to Sunday5pm.

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




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

    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice through the summer and fall.

    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.

    Hidden Mountain 2017 Summer/Fall Practice:
    9am to 11:30am 4th Sunday’s     
    June 25th,     July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, and October 22nd.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome.

    Red Cedar Zen Community’s Wilderness Dharma Program is offering this new practice space to Red Cedar, our other extended local sanghas, other local retreat groups, or for personal retreat space.  Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

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

    Please RSVP register for the Friday, June 9th event so that we can plan accordingly.  Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

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

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

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

     

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

    A very early start is essential to have sufficient daylight for this long day hike. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 5:30am or at Nugent's Corner at 6:00am. 

    If you are unsure of your fitness for this hike please contact Bob before registering.

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

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall to trailhead at Samish Overlook

     


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

    Join us for a meditation hike to Oyster Dome - our final mindful foray into the local mountains to close the season.

    Hike to the jem 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 4 mile round trip with about a 500’ elevation gain.

    Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 9am. Those coming from Skagit can meet us at the trailhead at the Samish Overlook at 9:30, via the Alger exit (please coordinate with Bob).

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

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

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. 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.
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice through the summer and fall.

    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.

    Hidden Mountain 2017 Summer/Fall Practice:
    9am to 11:30am 4th Sunday’s     
    June 25th,     July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, and October 22nd.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome.

    Red Cedar Zen Community’s Wilderness Dharma Program is offering this new practice space to Red Cedar, our other extended local sanghas, other local retreat groups, or for personal retreat space.  Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

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

    Please RSVP register for the Friday, June 9th event so that we can plan accordingly.  Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

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

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

Past events

25 Jun 2017 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2017
25 Jun 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
18 Jun 2017 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2017
16 Jun 2017 Samish Island Sesshin 2017
16 Jun 2017 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2017 Summer Sesshin
09 Jun 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Opening
03 Jun 2017 Sangha Work Day - June 3rd
20 May 2017 Awakening in Everyday Life: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
13 May 2017 Contemplating Nature Workshop
06 May 2017 Sangha Work Day - May 6th
30 Apr 2017 Norman Fischer Poetry Reading
30 Apr 2017 Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Nomon Tim Burnett
29 Apr 2017 Guiding Teacher Stepping Down Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
20 Apr 2017 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
12 Apr 2017 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
03 Apr 2017 A Conversation About Death and Dying
01 Apr 2017 Sangha Work Day - April 1st
26 Mar 2017 Sangha Mentors Program - April through September 2017
19 Mar 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
10 Mar 2017 Calligraphy Practice Group
08 Mar 2017 Practice Period Closing Circle
05 Mar 2017 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
03 Mar 2017 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Ryushin Kate McKenna
02 Mar 2017 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
25 Feb 2017 Blanchard Mountain Meditation Hike and Meeting
13 Feb 2017 Introduction to Zen Meditation
08 Feb 2017 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
05 Feb 2017 Zazen in Uncertain Times: Sitting with the Fire - Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
04 Feb 2017 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
22 Jan 2017 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
22 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
21 Jan 2017 Women's March on Bellingham
18 Jan 2017 Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (Shuso's Class)
11 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
11 Jan 2017 Winter Practice Period 2017 - overview & registration
07 Jan 2017 Sangha Work Day
01 Jan 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
17 Dec 2016 Saturday Morning Practice with Breakfast
03 Dec 2016 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
01 Dec 2016 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
30 Nov 2016 Rohatsu 2016 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
08 Nov 2016 Election Day Sits
07 Nov 2016 Let Love Be Our Legacy Interfaith Banner Display and Community Gathering
29 Oct 2016 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
22 Oct 2016 Inter-Sangha Work Party
16 Oct 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
15 Oct 2016 Sangha Work Day - CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
13 Oct 2016 Cultivating the Seven Factors of Enlightenment
08 Oct 2016 Closing the Mountains Hike
01 Oct 2016 Understanding Consciousness: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
24 Sep 2016 CANCELED: Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
16 Sep 2016 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
10 Sep 2016 Circumambulation of Mount Adams - Journey into Wildness
04 Sep 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart: Paramitas of Meditation and Wisdom
03 Sep 2016 Sangha Work Day
15 Aug 2016 Zazen in the Cedar Grove
15 Aug 2016 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
07 Aug 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
06 Aug 2016 Meditation in the Old Growth
05 Aug 2016 Calligraphy Practice Group
17 Jul 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
16 Jul 2016 Opening the Mountains Hike
06 Jul 2016 Summer Dharma Seminar: Our Embodied Life
02 Jul 2016 Sangha Work Day
25 Jun 2016 Samish Sangha Clean Up
18 Jun 2016 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2016
17 Jun 2016 Samish Island Sesshin 2016
04 Jun 2016 Sangha Work Day
20 May 2016 Skagit Poetry Festival with Norman Fischer
30 Apr 2016 Gentle Zen Retreat
03 Apr 2016 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
02 Apr 2016 Sangha Work Day
13 Mar 2016 Norman Fischer Reading at Village Books
13 Mar 2016 Norman Fischer reading at Village Books
13 Mar 2016 Practice Period Closing Ceremony
11 Mar 2016 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
10 Mar 2016 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
07 Mar 2016 Zen Precepts Study Group
04 Mar 2016 Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
04 Mar 2016 Introduction to Buddhist Meditation with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
26 Feb 2016 Buddhism in Bellingham panel - Whatcom READS!
21 Feb 2016 Sunday Simple Sit: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
17 Feb 2016 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
08 Feb 2016 Introduction to Zen Meditation Practice
03 Feb 2016 Zen Pioneers Study Group
30 Jan 2016 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
27 Jan 2016 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
27 Jan 2016 Winter Practice Period 2016 - overview & registration
20 Jan 2016 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
17 Jan 2016 Sunday Simple Sit
16 Jan 2016 Tim's 50th Birthday
02 Jan 2016 Sangha Work Day
31 Dec 2015 New Year's Ceremony
05 Dec 2015 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
05 Dec 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Eko Jeff Kelley
04 Dec 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
03 Dec 2015 Rohatsu - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
18 Nov 2015 Visiting Dharma Talk with Eko Jeff Kelley
31 Oct 2015 A Day of Compassion with Nomon Tim Burnett
29 Oct 2015 Jukai Ceremony
14 Oct 2015 Stories of Awakening with Anita Feng
26 Sep 2015 Closing the Mountains Hike
18 Sep 2015 Four Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
13 Aug 2015 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
01 Aug 2015 Meditation in the Old Growth
11 Jul 2015 Opening the Mountains Hike
28 Jun 2015 Samish Sangha Clean Up
20 Jun 2015 Samish Dharma Talks
20 Jun 2015 Gentle Zen Retreat
19 Jun 2015 Samish Island Sesshin
06 Jun 2015 Sangha Work Party
11 Apr 2015 Sangha Work Party
05 Apr 2015 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
05 Apr 2015 Circumambulation of Mount Erie
01 Apr 2015 Buddha's Birthday
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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