Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Weekly Schedule

Please also see the Getting Started page if you are new to Zen practice.

Noon Program

  • Fridays, noon – 1pm
    Private interviews (dokusan) with the teacher are available by prior arrangement.

Wednesday Evening Program

  • Wednesday evenings, orientation 6:30pm, practice 7:00 – 9:00pm.   
    Private interviews (dokusan) with the teacher are available as a part of the evening.

Saturday Morning Program

  • Early Morning Practice: every Saturday morning 6am – 8:30am (zazen, service, temple cleaning) and breakfast).Includes breakfast 8:30am – 9:00am on the 1st Saturday of the month typically. Breakfast is served every Saturday during our Winter Practice Period.See below for schedule details. Arrival options later than 6am are available.
    Private interviews (dokusan) with the teacher are available as a part of the morning.

Weekday Mornings

  • Weekday Mornings, 6:30am – 7:15am Dharma Hall open sit - note this is not a formal Zen sit.

NOON PROGRAM

We offer meditation to the sangha and the broader community every Friday at noon. Building opens at 11:45 with a host there to answer questions. Or come use the library. The bell rings to begin a 30-minute period of sitting at 12:10. At 12:40 a brief bowing and chanting service in which we chant the Metta Sutta and a short dedication is given. The program closes at 12:50. If you need to be back to work sooner it is fine to leave at 12:40. Please do not leave during meditation.

If you would like to have a private interview (dokusan) with our Spiritual Director, Nomon Tim Burnett, please arrange that with him directly before the sit.

WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAM

Our central weekly practice and community meeting. The usual pattern is: 1st Wednesday of the month Precepts Ceremony, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of the month Regular Schedule, and if there's a 5th Wednesday of the month we have the Member Appreciation & Sangha Conversation. The Winter Practice Period Schedule is used from mid January to early March each year and the Dharma Seminar Schedule is used in July.

If you would like to have a private interview (dokusan) with our Spiritual Director, Nomon Tim Burnett, simply put out the white card on your cushion as invited by the Ino (meditation call director). Practice Discussion and Dokusan with our other teachers and leaders is often available as well.

Wednesday evening schedules:

Precepts Ceremony Schedule 
   (1st Wednesdays)
6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40pm Zazen 
8:10pm Precepts Ceremony
8:50pm Refuge Chant & Close
Regular Schedule 
   (2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays)
6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40pm Zazen 
8:10pm Service (offering, bowing, chanting)
8:25pm Dharma Talk
9:00pm Refuge Chant & Close

Member Appreciation & Sangha Conversation
   (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

 Winter Practice Period Schedule
           (January & February)
6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40pm Zazen
8:10pm Kinhin
8:20pm Zazen
8:50pm Refuge Chant & Close
Dharma Seminar Schedule 
   (Wednesdays in July)
6:30pm Orientation for new students (drop-in)
7:00pm Zazen (sitting meditation)
7:40pm Kinhin (walking meditation)
7:50pm Service (offering, bowing, chanting)
8:05pm Dharma Talk & Discussion
9:00pm Refuge Chant & Close 

Doksuan (private interviews) with Spiritual Director Nomon Tim Burnett are offered during zazen periods. Typically you set out a white index card on your cushions to signal to Tim’s assistant that you would like a meeting.

SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM

Every  Saturday morning we offer early morning mediation. On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month a potluck breakfast follows. Sitting early in the morning is a powerful part of the Zen tradition and we are happy to be offering it on a regular basis.

Saturday Morning Meditation Schedule

6:00am zazen (opening with robe chant, early morning bells, and priest’s jundo)
6:25am kinhin
6:35am zazen
7:00am kinhin
7:10am zazen
7:40am service (longer morning service)
8:10am soji (template cleaning)
8:25am 1st / 3rd Saturday of the month: potluck breakfast
(with oatmeal, coffee and tea provided)
or close.

SATURDAY MORNING ARRIVAL CHOICES: Please note that this is a flexible schedule. Please avoid entering or leaving the zendo during zazen (sitting meditation). Come at 6am for the entire program or arrive on the half hour for: the second (6:30am) or third (7:00am) zazen period, service (7:30am) or soji and breakfast (8:00am). If zazen in in progress when you arrive just wait in the lobby until you hear the bell then enter quietly and take your place standing before an empty cushion or chair.

1st & 3rd SATURDAY MORNING POTLUCK BREAKFAST: A pot of oatmeal, tea and coffee are made that morning at the Dharma Hall for community breakfast. To keep cooking work to a minimum we invite each person coming to bring a small potluck item. Suggestions: a bowl of nuts, fruit, bread, or anything that can be added to a bowl of oatmeal.

Dokusan (private interviews) with Spiritual Director Nomon Tim Burnett are offered during zazen periods. Typically you set out a white index card on your cushions to signal to Tim’s assistant that you would like a meeting.

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