Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

 Download the 2017 Red Cedar Zen Events Calendar as a printable PDF - there are two formats:
   1) Visual Calendar       2) List Calendar with Summaries of Events.  
   Printed copies also available in the Dharma Hall lobby.

This is a summary of all of the events currently planned for 2017. Please see the Events page (or the more visual online Events Calendar) of the website for the last info and to sign up for each event. 

January

1/1      Sun.     Zazenkai –9am – 12:30pm.

1/7      Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6am – 9am

1/7      Sat.      Work Day - with Potluck Lunch - 9am – 1pm.

1/11    Weds.  Practice Period Opening Ceremony – Wednesday evening

1/18    Weds.  Shuso’s Class “Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict”
                  6:00pm – 6:45pm, 6 Wednesday classes thru 2/22

1/21    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast

1/21    Sat.      Let Love Be Our Legacy March. Gather 10am at City Hall.

1/22    Sun.     Practice Period Opening Sesshin – 6:00am – 5pm, oryoki meals. Registration.

1/22    Sun.     10:30am – Kate’s Way Seeking Mind Talk (sangha welcome)

February

2/4      Sat.      Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

2/4      Sat.      Annual Meeting with the Board – 9:30am – noon

2/5      Sun.     Simple Sit – 9am – 5pm

2/6 – 2/27       Introduction to Zen Class – 6:30pm – 8:300pm, 4 Monday classes

2/8      Weds.  Mid-Practice Period Check-in and Parinirvana Ceremony

2/18    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6am – 9am

2/18    Sat.      Shuso’s Class Saturday Meeting 9:30am – 11:00am

2/18 – 2/19     Zen Sewing – Tim’s new Okesa (start after Sat. workshop, maybe into Sunday) 

March

3/2 – 3/5         Three Day Closing Practice Period Sesshin with Norman, Tim, and Kate.

Thursday 7pm to Sunday 3pm

3/2 – 3/4         Dharma Talks by Norman, Tim, Kate open to sangha and community
                        at 10:30am and 2:30pm on Friday and Saturday

3/5      Sun.     Shuso’s Dharma Inquiry Ceremony – 11am – followed by lunch.    

3/8      Weds.  Practice Period Closing Circle – Wednesday evening

3/10 – 4/28     Zen Calligraphy – 8 Fridays at 1pm.

3/18    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

3/19    Sun.     Zazenkai –8am – 12:30pm.

3/29    Weds.  Sangha Conversation & Member Appreciation Ceremony – Wednesday evening

April

4/1      Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

4/1      Sat.      Work Day - with potluck lunch - 9am – 1pm

4/1 – 4/2         Sewing Sesshin – jukai students starting rakusu
(work day and continuing into Sunday)

4/3 – 5/1         Death and Dying Class.  Mondays 6:30pm-8:00pm. 5 meetings.

4/12    Weds.  Buddha’s Birthday – 5pm – 9pm.  Potluck dinner, zazen, big ceremony.

4/15    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am
4/15    Sat       Hike: Mount Erie Day Hike

4/19 – 5/17     Series of 5 Dharma Talks on Wednesday eves. (regular schedule) on
Dogen’s teachings on everyday life leading into May 20-21 Study Retreat

4/29    Sat.      Special Zazenkai –6am-11:50 supplanting regular Saturday morning sit

4/29    Sat.      3pm Rehearsals for both Guiding Teacher ceremonies

4/29    Sat.      7pm Zoketsu Norman Fischer - Stepping Down Ceremony & reception

4/30    Sun.     10am Nomon Tim Burnett’s Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony
(9am arrive potluck items to YWCA, 10am ceremony, Noon potluck lunch/reception
 at the YWCA Ballroom)

May

5/6      Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

5/6      Sat.      Work Day - with potluck lunch - 9am – 1pm

5/7      Sun.     To Vancouver for Kate & Michael’s ceremony – carpools?

5/13    Sat.      Contemplate Nature Walk at Hawk Meadow Farm

5/20    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

5/20 – 5/21     Weekend Zen Studies Retreat: “The Wisdom in Everyday Life”

5/31    Weds.  Sangha Conversation and New Member Appreciation Ceremony

June

6/3      Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

6/3      Sat.      Work Day (Samish Prep) – with potluck lunch - 9:00am – 1:00pm

6/4      Sun.     Gentle Zen Retreat – 9:00am – 4:00pm

6/16 – 6/24     Samish Sesshin (Friday eve – Saturday morning) Note ends during a BIMS weekend

6/17    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

6/24    Sat.      Samish Unloading Party (time TBA)

July

7/1      Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

7/1      Sat.      Work Day – with potluck lunch - 9:00am – 1:00pm

7/5 – 7/26       Weds. Eve. Dharma Seminar: Essential Dogen - Wednesday evenings in July

7/15    Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

7/15    Sat.      Hike: Opening the Mountains to Skyline Divide

7/30    Sun.     Zazenkai – 8:00am – 12:30pm

 

August

8/5      Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

8/6      Sun.     Old Growth Hike – meet at the Dharma Hall at 9:00am

8/13    Sun.      Jizo Ceremony: for those who have lost children, born and unborn

8/17 – 8/20     Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat

8/19    Sat.      3rd  Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

8/30    Weds   Sangha Conversation and New Member Appreciation Ceremony

September

9/2      Sat.      1st  Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

9/2      Sat.      Work Day – with potluck lunch - 9:00am – 1:00pm

9/2 – 9/17       Hiking program: Mountain Rainier Circumambulation

9/2 – 9/3         Sangha Campout at Mt Rainier (help launch the Circumambulation)

9/15 – 9/20     Indianola Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen

9/15 – 9/17     Indianola opening weekend attendance option (Fri. eve – Sun. afternoon)

9/16    Sat.      3rd  Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

9/6 – 10/11     Study Group: Genjo Koan – 6pm-6:45pm Wednesdays. 6 meetings.

9/17    Sun.     Zazenkai 8:00am-12:30pm

9/30    Sat.      Hike: Journey to the Source to Nooksack Cirque

October

10/6    Fri.       Arts Night 7pm – 9pm

10/7    Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

10/7    Sat.      Work Day – Work Day - with potluck lunch – 9:00am – 1:00pm

10/21  Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

10/14  Sat.      Hike: Closing the Mountains on the Oyster Dome, meet at the Hall 9:00am

10/22  Sun.     9am – 5pm Simple Sit

10/23 – 11/27 Fall Dharma Studies Class – Monday evenings 6:30 – 8:00pm – 6 meetings
            topic TBA

November

11/1    Weds.  Sejiki Hungry Ghosts Ceremony on Wednesday night

11/4    Sat.      1st Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

11/4    Sat.      Jukai Retreat and Ceremony (9:30am – 4:00pm retreat, 4:00pm ceremony)

11/18  Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

11/19  Sun.     Zazenkai 8:00am – 12:30pm

 

December

12/2    Sat.      Just 6am – 8:30am Morning Sit, no Breakfast (as BIMS trade)

12/6 – 12/10   Rohatsu Retreat (Weds eve. through Sunday morning)

12/16  Sat.      3rd Saturday Morning Sit with Breakfast – 6:00am – 9:00am

12/31  Sun.     New Year’s Eve. Ceremony

Summaries by Program:

Sesshin:

            1/22                1-day PP Sesshin

            3/2-3/5           3-day PP Sesshin

            6/16-6/24       8-day Samish Sesshin (first half, second half, full sesshin options)

            9/15-9/20       5-day Indianola Sesshin (includes opening weekend option too)

            11/4                1-short day Jukai Sesshin

            12/6 – 12/10   3.5-day Rohatsu Sesshin (full sesshin or second half options)

Day Retreats

Zazenkai:         1/1,     3/19,   4/28,  7/30,     9/17,   11/19

            Simple Sit:      2/4,     10/22               Gentle Zen:    6/4

Hiking

            4/8                  Mt Erie

            7/15                Skyline Divide

            8/5                  Old Growth

            8/23 – 8/27     Mountains and Rivers

            9/2 – 9/17      
              Mount Rainier backpack + campout

            9/30                Nooksack Cirque

            10/21              Oyster Dome


Study Opportunities

            1x/month        Monthly study group (Andrea)

1/18 – 2/22     Shuso Class (Kate)

            2/6 – 2/27       Intro to Zen Class (John & Connie) – Mon. eves.

            4/3 – 5/1         Death and Dying Class (Edie, Anne, others) – Mon. eves

            4/19 – 5/17     Dharma Seminar: Taking Refuge in Wisdom (praj├▒a) (Tim)

            7/5 – 7/26       Dharma Seminar: Dogen Studies (Senior Students)

            9/6 – 10/11     Study Group: Genjo Koan (Chris) – Weds 6pm

            10/23 – 11/27 Fall Dharma Studies Class (Tim) – Mon. eves

Special Rituals / Celebrations


            1/18    Opening PP Ceremony

            2/8      Parinirvana Ceremony

            3/5      Shuso Hossenshiki

            4/12    Buddha’s Birthday

4/29 & 4/30 Stepping down &
            Teacher Installation Ceremonies

8/13    Jizo Ceremony

11/1    Sejiki Ceremony

12/10  Rohatsu Ceremony


Zen Arts

            3/10-4/28       Zen Calligraphy (Fridays 1pm-3pm)

            10/6                Arts Night

Sangha Social Times

            4/12    Potluck before Buddha’s Birthday

            4/30    Potluck lunch w/ Tim & Norman after Teacher Installation ceremony

            1/7, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 7/1, 9/2, 10/7   Work Day potluck lunches


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