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.
This Events Page is the final authority. Not all 2017 events have been added here yet.

Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 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 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. 

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

    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • 27 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    What is Buddhism and where did it come from? Join Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett in a 6-week survey course on the history, schools, and development of Buddhism from Buddha's time to Dogen's emergence in 13th century Japan.




    6 Monday evening classes 6:30pm - 8:00pm October 23rd - November 27th with study and practice assignments in between each class.

    Registration (no cost to members) required.

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street, Bellingham WA 98225
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    The Zen ceremony of jukai (literally "receiving precepts") is a ceremony of commitment to the Zen precepts, the Zen path, and the sangha. Done by lay students it marks a deepening of commitment to Zen and a warming of relationship with the teacher.  

    In this year's jukai Desiree Webster, Christina Greene, Ben Greene, and Elizabeth MacDonald, will receive the precepts from Nomon Tim Burnett and Ryushin Andrea Thach.

    The ceremony is preceded by our usual Saturday morning practice with potluck breakfast and then a day retreat from 10:00am to 3pm with oryoki lunch.

    RSVP for your attendance at either the full retreat or just the jukai ceremony. No registration fee. Donations to sangha and teachers are invited.

    6am - 8:30am Morning Sit  details here. Drop-in. (Jukai students encouraged to attend)

    8:30am - 9:30am Potluck breakfast. Bring something to eat with the hot cereal provided.

    10am - 3pm Day Retreat - please RSVP

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

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
    Dharma Talks during all of our Dharma Hall Zen Retreats are open to visitors

    As part of the Jukai Retreat, the Dharma Talks is open to visitors. Arrive at 10:30am for the 10:40am talk and please wait in the lobby.

    Nomon Tim Burnett is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community

    Talk Schedule:

    • Saturday 10:30am Nomon Tim Burnett

    No pre-registration needed.

    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Join us in this rare opportunity to spend the morning doing nothing but zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and bowing.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 06 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    Our annual celebration of Buddha's Awakening.

    This is a combined retreat between Red Cedar Zen Community and Seattle Soto Zen led by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley.

    Sesshin starts with an orientation (6:30) and evening of zazen (starting 7:00) on Wednesday night then continues with regular 6am - 9pm sesshin days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday night is an optional all-night sit (traditional in rohatsu sesshin) and the retreat concludes on Sunday morning with a 6am-9am practice session including the Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony and informal breakfast.

    Part time is attendance is possible. Come for either the full retreat, full days on Thursday/Friday/Saturday, or Sunday from 6am until the closing at about 10am. If you are registered for just Sunday you may arrive anytime on Saturday evening (after dinner) and do the all-night sit as well.

    The practice of sesshin is a powerful opportunity - watching the sun rise in the morning and set in the evening from your seat in the zendo. Sitting a full day is do-able with a little training and experience. Each day includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, Dharma Talks, optional private meetings with the teachers, meals, breaks, and afternoon tea.

    Related Events

    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 10:30 AM
    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
    Dharma Talks during all of our Dharma Hall Zen Retreats are open to visitors

    As part of the Rohatsu Sesshin, the Dharma Talks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning are open to visitors. Arrive at 10:30am for the 10:40am talk and please wait in the lobby.

    Nomon Tim Burnett is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community.

    Eko Jeff Kelley leads Seattle Soto Zen.

    Talk Schedule:

    • Thursday 10:30am Nomon Tim Burnett
    • Friday 10:30am Eko Jeff Kelley
    • Saturday 10:30am Nomon Tim Burnett

    No pre-registration needed.

    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    All are welcome to join during the final evening and morning of our Rohatsu Buddha's Enlightenment retreat Saturday into Sunday morning.

    No charge but please RSVP so we know numbers.

    Arrive any time (really: any time) starting at 7pm or later into the night. Stay for a while or stay all night. Or arrive in the early morning for the final ceremony - schedule below. Please join us!

    It's traditional in the Rohatsu Sesshin to sit up all night as an enactment of Buddha's night of sitting under the Bodhi tree before his awakening. You are welcome to come and go and also to bring a sleeping bag and sleep for bits of the night.

    SUNDAY MORNING SCHEDULE

    6:00am zazen (25 min., opening w/ robe chant & priest's jundo)
    6:30am Star Walk
    7:00am Kinhin
    7:10am Rohatsu Ceremony (40 min)
    8:00am informal breakfast (finishing preparation together)
    9:15am work meeting (hall cleanup)
    10:00am end of sesshin

    Please use the Register button on the left to RSVP and tell us your intentions for attendance. Those attending the sesshin need not register here.

    • 31 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
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    Come join us in ringing in the New Year with 108 rings on the bell, a fire/purification ceremony, meditation and chanting. Bring forward your intentions for what to let go of in your life, and enjoy an evening with sangha in ritual and connection. 

    Come a little early to get settled - this is our most popular event of the year.

    Schedule:
    7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:40pm Kinhin (walking meditaion)
    7:50pm break / set up / explanation
    8:00pm New Year's Ceremony
    Approx 10:00pm close with snacks and tea outside around the fire

    We'll also be burning any name cards from the altar of people who've died in the last year. If you have any of these from your home altar you are invited to bring them.

    Donations to support Red Cedar Dharma Hall of any amount are welcome.

Past events

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