Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

Events

Upcoming events

    • 17 Dec 2016
    • 20 May 2017
    • 10 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225

    Zazen, Quiet, Community, Conversation

    Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday morning practice with a small potluck contribution to our hot cereal-based one bowl breakfast.

    Arrival at 6am for the beginning of the program or join at 6:30am or 7am for zazen, kinhin, the full morning service, soji (work practice), and breakfast.

    Saturday morning practice is offered every week (with some breaks for retreats) and on the first and third Saturday of the month it includes breakfast. We'll cleaned up and out at about 9am.

    Signing up with the Registration system for this event will give you a friendly reminder email before each Saturday Practice with Breakfast.

    Detailed schedule here: Weekly Schedule
    Able to cook breakfast or ring bells? Please sign up using the Doanryo Sign Up Form.




    • 11 Jan 2017
    • 08 Mar 2017
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall

    Overview on main sign up for participating in the 2017 Winter Practice Period 

    Practice Period is a time in which Zen students practice intensively together. Historically, practice period started with the rains retreats of the early Buddhist monks and nuns when they could not travel due to heavy rains. During that time they settled down for more intensive practice. Annual practice periods have been an essential part of Zen practice for a thousand years.

    Although we don't live in monasteries, each winter in the spirit of those in monastic practice, we settle our busy lives in order to intensify our practice. We bring our mindfulness and Dharma practice to the foreground of our lives more than usual.

    In the center of the mandala of Practice Period is a our head student, or shuso, who serves as the center of the sangha wheel giving classes, Dharma talks, and meets privately with practice period students over tea. This year's shuso is Ryushin Kate McKenna.

    We will also be guided this year by the chosen by Kate with Tim's support: "Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict". We'll be explore how Zen practice supports us in being able to stay present even in difficult situations like conflict and disagreement with others.

    Kate will lead us in a weekly Wednesday evening 6pm class Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (Shuso's Class) which even though it is at the 6pm time we often use for drop-in Study Group's is a class with a modest registration fee and the invitation to attend all seven meetings (6 Wednesday meetings starting promptly at 6pm plus a Saturday Feb 18th meeting).

    Practice Period Participants are warmly invited to have tea with Shuso Kate to discuss practice and get to know each other more deeply. Please contact her Benji (assistant) Judith Koontz (contact info at the Sangha Directory, members only and you must be logged in) and also look for a sign up sheet in the lobby to be available later.

    Note that during Practice Period the 7pm-9pm schedule will include three periods of zazen meditation and more opportunities than usual for dokusan with Tim, dokusan with Andrea, and practice discussion with the other teachers.

    Eight weeks go by quickly. To help stay connected to practice period you may choose to work with a practice period partner. We can help you find one. Someone you get together with or call regularly during practice period to discuss how it's going with your intentions and practice. When you sign up please let us know if you'd like help finding a practice partner.

    We start with an opening ceremony on Wednesday January 11th, 7pm - 9pm, at the Dharma Hall which includes a powerful entering ceremony for Kate and the opportunity to verbally share you practice and life intentions during Practice Period.

    There is an opening 1-day sesshin Practice Period Opening Sesshin on Sunday January 22nd, which requires pre-registration to sit the day. Kate will give her first formal Dharma Talk at 10:30am that morning - the topic is her Way Seeking Mind (practice autobiography). All are warmly invited to attend her talk even if you can't sit the full day.

    The practice period closes in with three events in sequence:

    (1) The Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett from March 2nd to 5th. which is almost certain to fill. Sign up early.

    (2) This sesshin concludes with an important event which is also open to all in the practice period: Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony at 11am on Sunday March 5th.

    (3) A final closing circle will be held Practice Period Closing Circle on Wednesday evening March 8th.

    Additional events include:

    Our annual Introduction to Zen Meditation class. A wonderful 4-week class on Monday evenings in February. Great for those brand new to Zen and those who've been exploring for a while.

    The Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony on Wednesday evening February 8th - a great evening to touch in with each other on how we're doing with our Practice Periods.

    For most participants it's also a time to practice more at home, to study, or to take on a special focus in their practice lives.

    Please use the registration form below to state your intentions in writing. There will also be an opportunity to say something about your intentions for practice period at the opening ceremony on January 27nd.

     Please tell us in the form if you are participating at a distance and would like to be assigned a practice leader who will check in with you during practice period. We will do our best to post weekly updates from the Zen Pioneers Study Group on the website to support distance participation.

    Also let us know if you would like help finding a practice partner to stay in touch with.

    Practice Period Events, all at Red Cedar Dharma Hall unless otherwise noted (click title names for details)

    And please consider renewing or expanding your commitment to our regular practice times during Winter Practice Period:

    Wednesday Night Practice 7pm - 9pm - is especially important during practice period. During this time we offer three periods of zazen with walking meditation in between. A weekly opportunity for a deep immersion in silence. Dokusan with Nomon Tim Burnett and private meetings with the other teachers will be available.

    Noon Practice Noon-1pm. Consider if you are able to arrange your schedule to attend our increasingly popular sit from noon to 1pm on Fridays.

    Saturday Morning Practice 6am - 8:30am. Deep quiet, 3 periods of meditation, and the full morning service which is seen as a central and important ritual in Soto Zen.

    To sign up for practice period:

    Fill out the registration form to sign up for practice period, stating your intentions and if you are interested in distance participation. Click Register on the left to begin the process. Note that separate registration is required for the two retreats and the class.

    A note on fees: there is no overall fee for joining. There are registration fees for the classes and retreats (register separately) and participants are encouraged to make donations to the sangha or the teachers they work with.

    • 18 Jan 2017
    • 22 Feb 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA
    The Shuso's Practice Period Class

    It’s seems, recently, that our nation has turned itself upside down. The recent election cycle and political events have shaken us up and exposed an extremely divided and angry underbelly.  Conflict can destroy us when we lash out, and it can destroy us when we bury it. 

    So how do we reach across the gap and communicate with one another when feelings are running so high? Let’s explore this question over the coming weeks of Practice Period.  We’ll look at and practice current models for conflict resolution, our own strategies for using them, and the art of simply listening - to both others and to ourselves. 

    Please join me in examining a middle way through our differences and in finding Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict. 

    Schedule: 6 Wednesday evening sessions starting promptly at 6pm January 18 - February 22nd plus an extended session on Saturday February 18th from 9:30am - 11:30am.

    Registration Required (not drop-in).

    • 13 Feb 2017
    • 06 Mar 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225

    A 4 week class on Monday evenings rescheduled to February 13th through March 6th

    This class is designed for those who are curious about Zen meditation as well as those who are already meditating and want to learn more.

    The class will cover instruction in sitting and walking meditation, information about Buddhism and Zen practice, and integrating meditation practice into daily life. There will be small and large group discussion and meditation and mindfulness exercises outside of class.

    The class will be taught by Seishu John Wiley and Nōgen Connie Martin,  longtime members of the Red Cedar Zen Community. See our teachers page for more information about John. Connie is a senior student and our current Ino (meditation hall coordinator).

    We ask participants to make a commitment to attend at least  3 of the 4 sessions.  To register for the class please click the Register button on the left. 

    When: Mondays 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Feb. 13th - March 6th  Registration required.

    • 25 Feb 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • Blanchard Mountain (carpool from RCDH at 9:00am)

    Red Cedar Zen Community is hosting an action meeting and meditation hike to save Blanchard Mountain from impending logging.

    For the last decade Oyster Dome has been one of the sites of RCZC’s annual series of outdoor rituals of interconnection with our local landscape and home.  The area has been the subject of over a decade of negotiation to save the 1,600 acre “core area” of the mountain from logging. 

    When:  10am on Saturday, Feb. 25th

    Where:  The Samish Overlook (hang glider launch area). Take the Alger I-5 exit #240; go west about a quarter mile and take a left on to Barrel Springs road; go about ¾ mile and take a right on to Blanchard Hill rd.; go about 1.5 miles and take a left; go about two miles to the Samish Overlook.

    Registration: Please RSVP using the registration system so we know whom to expect and where you will be meeting us.

    Meeting: RCZC member Bob Rose, an original member of the Blanchard Forest Strategies Group that worked out the original agreement, will give an introduction to the current situation about saving Blanchard Mountain.

    Hike:  Bob Penny, RCZC Wilderness Programs Coordinator, will give an introduction to meditation hiking.  We will hike in silence the loop up to Oyster Dome and down past Lilly Lake, back to the starting point.  On Oyster Dome we will have lunch and perform a Zen chanting ritual of Lovingkindness.  The hike is approximately four miles with several hundred feet of elevation gain.  Dress for the trail and for the weather.  Bring lunch and at least two liters of water. 

    Carpooling: Those interested in carpooling can meet at 9am at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall at 1021 N. Forest St. in Bellingham.

    For those unable to hike:  Just coming to the Samish Overlook for the meeting is well worth the drive even if you are unable to hike.  The view is amazing!

    Background:
    Blanchard Mountain is threatened by imminent logging. Blanchard Mountain, including Lily and Lizard Lakes and Oyster Dome, is one of the Northwest Washington’s most popular local hiking destinations, featuring specular views of the San Juan Islands.  

    But a comprehensive agreement entered into by all stake holders is under threat of unraveling.  Only about half the necessary funds have been appropriated by the state legislature to complete the agreement.  Time is running out and awareness must be raised and concerns must be made known.  A solution must be arrived at during this legislative session or else logging will begin in the core area this summer.

    More Info:

    Action you can take to help save Blanchard Mountain

                      The most critical action is to let our voices be heard.  Contacting your government officials is the critical action that needs to happen to save Blanchard Mountain.  This is a numbers game at this point – officials need to hear our voices.  Calls are easy to make and effective.  Emails are even more effective.  Please include support for the points outlined below and also personal experiences of what the mountain means to you.  It is critical that our concern for Blanchard Mountain be known beyond NW Washington.  This is a place of great beauty and importance to the region and the state as a whole, the only place where the Cascade foothills reaches the salt water of the Salish Sea.  The representatives of the 40th district – Representatives Jeff Morris, and Kristine Lytton, and Senator Kevin Rankin - are fully on board in doing everything they can to save Blanchard Mountain.  All stake holders, including the logging industry, want to save the mountain.  The dividing line between the 40th and 42nd districts is between north and south Bellingham.

    These points should be emphasized in your communications to your representatives:

    • -         Support for Representative Morris and Lytton’s proposals to a) change the name of Blanchard Forest to the Harriet Spanel Memorial Forest, b) appropriate the necessary $7.7 million from the Capital Budget to complete the Blanchard Forest Strategies Group agreement, and c) support for their alternate plan of including Blanchard Mountain in the State Trust Lands Transfer Program.
    • -        Appreciation for the work of Representatives Jeff Morris, Kristine Lytton, and Senator Kevin Ranker in their efforts to save Blanchard Mountain.
    • -        Encouragement to representatives of the 42nd district, Vincent Buys, Luanne Van Werven, and Doug Erickson to support the work of their colleagues Morris, Lytton, and Ranker of the 40th district to create a solid block of NW Washington representatives working to save Blanchard Mountain.  Emphasize that loggers will retain their jobs AND recreational income will be preserved because replacement land will be purchased under this agreement.
    • -        Special encouragement to Doug Erickson to assist with enabling the success of this win-win negotiated solution, agreed to by all stakeholders, to protect a vital recreational venue of great value to constituents of his district, in keeping with his new federal role in the EPA.
    • -        Support for a change in the rules, currently under consideration in the legislature, to adjust the way the Capital Budget can be used to free up more money for the protection of Blanchard Mountain as well as many other critical capital expenditures.
    • -        Encouragement to the chairperson of the Capital Budget Committee to fully fund the $7.7 million necessary to fulfill the Blanchard Forest Strategies Group agreement.

    Contact Information:  links lead to email forms. 

    Representative Jeff Morris              https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/40/2    (360) 786-7970  D – 40th

    Representative Kristine Lytton    https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/40/1    (360) 786-7800  D – 40th

    Representative Vincent Buys         https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/42/2    (360) 786-7854  R – 42nd

    Rep. Luanne Van Werven                 https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/42/1    (360) 786-7980  R – 42nd

    Senator Kevin Ranker                         https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/40/0    (360) 786-7678  D – 40th

    Senator Doug Erickson                      https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/42/0    (360) 786-7682  R – 42nd

    Rep. Steve Tharinger, Chair House Capital Budget Committee                                                           https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/memberEmail/24/2    (360) 786-7904  D – 24th

    Also:       Encourage people you know in other legislative districts to also contact their representatives.  This has to go out beyond our region.  Sometimes we can actually help educate other reps and staff who are less familiar with the issue.

    • 02 Mar 2017
    • 05 Mar 2017
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
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    3-day sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Shuso Ryushin Kate McKenna closes our Winter practice period.

    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. The day includes alternating sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, optional private meetings with the teacher, formal oryoki meals, breaks, and afternoon tea.

    The retreat closes with the Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony on Sunday at 11am. All in the practice period are invited to this ceremony.

    Schedule: Thursday 7pm - 9pm, Friday 6am - 9pm
    Saturday 6am - 9pm, Sunday 6am - 3pm

    Meals: oryoki breakfast and lunch, dinner breaks.

    Options: you may come to the Dharma Talks Friday and Saturday at 10:30am and 2:30pm; please come to the Shuso Ceremony on Sunday at 11am.

    Close of the Sesshin: The shuso ceremony is followed by lunch and work period with all leaving the Dharma Hall by 3pm. Those traveling from afar will be able to leave at about 2:00pm if needed to make connections to get home.

    Oryoki: sets available to borrow ($10 donation) and purchase ($50) and oryoki instruction will be provided during the retreat, and is available at other times in practice period by request.

    Attendance: Initially only Full Time attendance is offered. You must be able to attend the entire sesshin (extra rest breaks for modified schedules are okay) including Thursday night, all day Friday, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning to register at this time.

    Housing: We will try to assist with housing for out of town retreatants, however we often have a large number of requests.  Be sure to register soon and indicate in your registration that you need housing. There is no need to contact the registrar separately to request housing, it is built into the registration process.

    • 05 Mar 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225

    An important ceremony for the Shuso's training and part of the culmination of Practice Period.

    Join us with a question from the heart to share with Shuso Ryushin Kate McKenna at the Hossinshiki ceremony which also concludes the Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett.

    Everyone in the Winter Practice Period is warmly encouraged to attend whether you are able to sit the sesshin or not.

    The ceremony is a heart-to-heart encounter between each Practice Period student and the shuso. Together we bring up the Dharma in this important empowerment ritual for the shuso and the sangha.

    • 08 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Our final closing event of Pratice Period

    After the festivities the previous weekend with the Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett and the important Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony we will gather one last time on Wednesday evening to sit in circle and close the 2017 Winter Practice Period.

    Evening's Schedule
    7pm Zazen
    7:40pm kinhin
    7:50pm Closing Ceremony and Sangha Discussion
    9:00pm Refuges & close


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

    Celebrate Buddha's Birthday with a sangha dinner and by building a flowered pavilion together for the baby Buddha.

    Then after meditation starting at 7pm we'll have a ceremonial washing of the baby Buddha together.

    As we process and chant a little dancing and music is in order - bring hand instruments: rattles, bells, little drums and such! Come celebrate! 

    No need to register or RSVP. Just show up. 

    This will be our Wednesday evening program this week.

    Schedule:

    5:00pm Potluck dinner & building the flower altar
    (arriving any time 5pm-7pm is fine)
    7:00pm Zazen
    7:30pm Kinhin
    7:40pm Zazen
    8:10pm Buddha's Birthday Ceremony


    • 15 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sugarloaf Trailhead, Mt Erie. Near Anacortes.

    Join Red Cedar Zen Community for our new annual spring Circumambulation of Mt. Erie hike.  This celebration of the encouraging energy of springtime  close to the traditional date for the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday.  Our route will follow a very moderate trail for approximately 7 miles clockwise around this prominent small mountain situated near the shore of the Salish Sea.

    The hike begins at 10am and we will probably be done by about 2 or 3pm.

    A preliminary group will meet to carpool at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham at 9am, or you can arrive at Mt. Erie independently.

    Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring at least two liters of water, trail snacks, and a lunch.

    During this mostly silent meditation hike we will stop at various points along the way for chanting rituals.  Our first stop will be at the “Poet’s Tree”, a grand Douglas Fir matriarch of the local forest.  Please feel free to bring a short poem to share as part of our ceremony at this stop.

    Directions to Mt. Erie:

    • I-5 to Hwy 20,
    • West on 20, over Swinomish Channel Bridge until signal/turnoff for Whidbey Island.
    • TURN South on Hwy 20 towards Whidbey.
    • Road drops towards Campbell Lake (visible ahead).  Stay right and turn right on Campbell Lake Road.
    • Drive Campbell Lake Road along base of Mount Erie.
    • Road will curve right at Lake Erie Grocery and becomes Heart Lake Road.
    • Drive Heart Lake road, past two prominent old growth fir, about a mile until signs for Mount Erie.
    • Veer right into parking area for Sugarloaf trailhead.
    • That's where we will meet.  If you get to Heart  Lake, you've gone too far.

    No cost, but please RSVP with the registration system and with questions contact Bob Penny bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702


    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225

     Join the sangha in thanking and honoring our founding Guiding Teacher, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, in a special ceremony of "Stepping Down from the Seat".

    Norman will continue as the sangha's Founding Teacher returning annual to lead us in sesshin.

    See also the Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony on Sunday at 10am in which our Spiritual Director, Nomon Tim Burnett, is empowered by Norman to be our new Guiding Teacher.

    Please RSVP to help us plan this event.

    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join the sangha in supporting Spiritual Director, Nomon Tim Burnett, in his empowerment by Zoketsu Norman Fischer to be our new Guiding Teacher.

    Schedule: 

    9am - drop off potluck items and set up for reception (YWCA Ballroom)

    10am - Guiding Teacher Installation ceremony (Red Cedar Dharma Hall)

    11am - Potluck Reception (YWCA Ballroom)

    2:30pm - Clean up (done at the YWCA at 3pm)

    See also the Guiding Teacher Stepping Down Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer on Saturday evening at 7pm

    Note that Norman will continue in relationship with the sangha as our Founding Teacher and continues to join us twice a year to lead sesshin.

    Please RSVP to help us plan this event.


    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232
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    Samish 2017 registration will open on March 6th at 6pm PST.

    New for 2017: airporter shuttle service will be available.
    Note that listed registration fees are subject to change before registration opens.

    Our annual 7-day (8 nights) silent Zen sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer includes seven days and eight nights of silent practice of sitting and walking meditation in this beautiful church

    camp on the water on Samish Island in the Skagit Valley. Retreat includes dharma talks by Norman and other Northwest teachers, doksusan and practice discussion, sitting and walking meditation, and delicious vegetarian meals. A deep time for practice and reflection with the support of sangha and teachers.

    Many photos of Samish are available on our Photos page.

    Schedule:

    You may attend the entire retreat, or the first or second half. Second half attendance is appropriate to those who have sat sesshin with us before only. We are unable to offer other attendance choices due to the size of the sesshin.

    Full Retreat - Friday 5:00pm to Saturday  at noon

    First Half - Friday  5:00pm to Tuesday at 5pm

    Second Half - Tuesday at 5pm to Saturday at noon.

    Prerequisites & Requirements

    While less demanding than some Zen sesshin this is a rigorous and structured experience. To benefit from being at Samish Sesshin please abide by the following requirements.

    • You should have attended at least one full day formal meditation retreat before attending this 7-day retreat. Please do not register if you have never sat a full day of formal meditation (in Zen or other traditions is fine).
    • If you have never attended Samish sesshin please start at the beginning (attend full retreat or first half) and do not attend just the second half. Orientation and instructions are offered at the beginning only.
    • No other attendance options other than the three listed above can be accommodated. Retreatants coming and going at other times increases the organizational work for our volunteers considerably and can disrupt the sesshin experience for the community.
    • This is a silent retreat without talking, reading, writing, computer or cell phone use. Please be prepared to follow this guideline fully.
    • Following the full schedule is a core practice of Zen. Some alternate schedules can be arranged with the Ino in cases of health and other needs.
    • Plan on remaining at Samish Island camp during the entire time of your sesshin attendance, not leaving for errands or appointments, etc., and remaining at the camp through final clean up at noon on Saturday unless illness or unavoidable travel arrangements prevent this.

    Housing:

    Most housing will be private (not shared), however if couples or friends are willing to share a cabin this can make a difference in accommodating everyone if the sesshin is full.

    Housing is provided with three options:

    E-Cabins are recently built with a bath shared with one other cabin.

    Full Retreat only: $610 - $710 sliding scale

     e-Cabin Exterior

     e-Cabin Interior

    Regular Cabins - simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's. Camp style bathrooms in a separate building.

     Rustic Cabin, exterior

     Rustic cabin, interior

    Rustic Cabins Full Retreat: $510 - $610 sliding scale

    Rustic Cabins Half of retreat: $290 - $340 sliding scale

    Tent - you can bring a tent and camp on the lawn. A lower cost option.

    Tent Full Retreat: $410 - $510 sliding scale

    Tent Half of Retreat: $220 - $270 sliding scale

    Notes on fees:

    1) Dana (teacher donations) is not included in these fees. Registration fees cover retreat costs with any extra to Red Cedar Zen Community for our ongoing expenses and costs. An opportunity to make teacher donation (dana) will be available at the site.

    2) Paying higher on the sliding scale enables us to allow scholarships. In the registration process you first pick your housing and stay length which adds the base fee. Then additional funds may be added on the next screen.

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are available for one quarter of retreat costs. If funds allow a second grant of another quarter might be possible (to a total of half of sesshin cost). Please apply with an email request to the registrar as soon as possible and no later than May 27th. We typically do two rounds of funding for scholarships depending on demand. Earlier requests help us to assess need.

    Samish Island Campground

    We have rented the Community of Christ's wonderful camp at the eastern end of Samish Island for over a dozen years for our residential retreats. A wonderful place where sea meets sky.

    11565 Scott Rd, Bow, WA 98232
    Map and Directions


Past events

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
11 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
07 Jan 2017 Sangha Work Day
01 Jan 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
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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