Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Chiden Instructions

  • Take from altar to Chiden work area the following
    • incense bowl
    • kobaku charcoal burner
    • big candle
    • votive candles if low
    • remove any trash from altar and drawers
      • empty used match cup
      • remove odd lengths of stick incense from container
  • Incense Bowl
    • extinguish stick incense
    • spoon out stubs and lumps into strainer with a container under
    • rub in strainer with spoon
    • discard incense stubs into Incense Stub Container
    • pour filtered ash back into bowl
    • tap sides and knock on table to set flat
    • dust edges of bowl with rag from clean rag closet or paper towel
  • Kobaku
    • place hot charcoal into tin labeled for hot charcoal
    • place tin on fire resistant surface
    • fires have happened from placing hot charcoal onto plastic or wood, ceramic cracks
    • sift kobaku ash as per incense bowl ash
    • refill chip incense
    • tap incense flat
  • Big Candle
    • warm candle top with lamp
    • use knife to trim candle top flat
    • smooth warm trimmed candle with a rag
  • Votive Candles
    • chip out the old wax and clean the glass before adding new votive candles to a container
  • Replenish supplies on alter
    • matches
    • charcoal
    • stick incense
  • Meticulously align all items on altar, properly centered and evenly spaced
  • Address all altars in sitting areas, lobbies, meeting rooms, classrooms, kitchen, etc
  • During retreats the Main Altar will need attention several times per day
  • If any supplies need to be ordered, notify the Ino


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