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.
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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.




    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 25 Apr 2017
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225

    The Red Cedar Zen Practice Committee is happy to announce a new round of mentorship. This program is available to all Members of Red Cedar Zen Community. 

    In this simple program sangha members are paired with a mentor. The mentors are our Lay Teachers and Priests who have completed the shuso (head monk) training. Our Spiritual Director, Nomon Tim Burnett, will not serve as a mentor, rather he will be directing the program and consulting regularly with the teachers.

    The process is simple and the details are up to you and your mentor. Simply sign up and indicate a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of whom you would like to serve as your mentor.

    You will hear back from Tim in a few weeks on which mentor was assigned. Know that the teachers do not see your choices. They simply get an inquiry from Tim to see if they are available. Simply pick whom you feel affinity with and we will do the rest.

    Those currently in the mentorship program are encouraged to discuss with their mentor whether it's skillful to continue, apply again for a new mentor, or take a pause.

    Once paired, we encourage you to meet in person and decide how often you would like to make contact. And how. We recommend touching base once or twice a month as a general guideline but the program is flexible according to individual needs and the currents in our busy lives.

    What will the conversations be about? Anything related to the practice. Which is to say, anything related to living our lives with more awareness and kindness. You might choose to both read an article or study a text and talk about it; you might choose to make a commitment about daily practice and have someone to check-in on how that's going; you might simply relax together over a cup of tea and feel the deep benefits of spiritual companionship.

    We hope sangha members will take advantage of this opportunity. And remember that it helps our sangha's teachers to grow and develop when they have an opportunity to take on these roles. We believe the Sangha Mentors program will be a wonderful way to strengthen our individual and collective practice and inter-connection as a sangha.


    Not yet a member? Please sign up no the Membership Page. A current membership is required to participate in the Sangha Mentors program.


    • 03 Apr 2017
    • 01 May 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall

    A short course for Buddhist practitioners on how Buddhist teachings and practice can help us accept and work with the dying and death of loved ones and ourselves. Sessions will include readings, exercises, meditations, and discussions of the emotions and ideas we have about death and dying; the needs of the dying person and how care givers can respond; the needs of care givers as they accompany a dying person; and the experience of grief and grieving and resources for the bereaved. 

    The course will be led by sangha members who as volunteers or health care professionals have a special interest in end of life care—Anne Mikklesen, Deb Webe, Hannah Sulllivan, Edie Norton, and Andrea Thach. During course sessions, participants will have opportunities to share their own experience, questions and concerns, making our time together a rich and deep conversation.

    Although there will be no homework assignments other than further contemplation on the topics, an annotated reading list will be provided for those who would like to study more.

    Schedule:  Mondays in April plus First Monday in May, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Dharma Hall

    Registration & Prerequisites
    Registration required. Regular mediation practice and familiarity with Buddhist teachings are advised for this course. 

    Use the online registration feature by clicking ‘Register’ on the left.

    • 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.


    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Join us for a poetry reading with Norman Fischer at Village Books after the Guiding Teacher Installation ceremony. Norman will read from his new book any would be if, tanka by norman fischer.

    “without love no quirks,” writes Norman Fischer in the midst of any would be if.  If one wants a book to show the world, not in its grandeur (or, maybe that, too) but in its process, in the betweenness we all inhabit, then this is the book one wants. I know I am glad to have it, and to return to it, often, “to be.” –Charles Alexander

    A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, Norman Fischer is a poet and essayist. He has been practicing as a Zen Buddhist priest for thirty five years, and is one of the senior Zen teachers in America. Norman has written more than twenty-five books of poetry and prose.

    Norman Fischer lives on a cliff near Muir Beach California with his wife Kathie, also a Zen priest. Their two sons live in Brooklyn.

    The latest of his more than twenty-five poetry and prose titles are Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (prose, Poetics Series, University of Alabama Press), Conflict (poetry, Chax Press), The Strugglers (poetry, Singing Horse Press), and Magnolias All At Once (poetry, Singing Horse). In 2000 he retired as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, one of the largest Buddhist organizations in the West, and founded  The Everyday Zen Foundation is an international network of Buddhist groups and social projects. His latest Buddhist title is Training in Compassion (Shambhala). 

    • 06 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Samu - Zen work - is a key part of the Zen Buddhist practice tradition. Harmonizing body and mind we sweep, repair, and tend the temple.

    Please join the Red Cedar Zen Sangha for a joyful full morning of working together on many of the 1st Saturdays of the month.

    Schedule - after our usual early morning meditation practice and potluck breakfast (6am - 9:00am) we'll begin work at 9am, continue until noon when we'll enjoy a potluck lunch together. Closing about 1:00pm.

    Feel free to bring your ideas and sangha projects, including training, some tools, a little food to share for either breakfast or lunch, but most importantly: just bring yourself.

    ‘When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.’~Shunryu Suzuki-roshi


    Saturday morning Zen + Work Day Schedule:
    6am-7:40am zazen, kinhin, zazen, kinhin, zazen
    7:40am service & soji
    8:25am breakfast - oatmeal plus potluck
    9:00am Work Begins
    Noon Service
    12:10pm Potluck Lunch
    1:00pm Close

    2017 Work Days 
    Saturday January 7th
    Saturday April 1st
    Saturday May 6th
    Saturday June 3rd (Samish pack-up)
    Saturday July 1st
    Saturday September 2nd
    Saturday October 7th

    Please do a quick RSVP with the registration system (no charges) and there's a comment box in the RSVP to suggest any work projects you'd like to do or other notes.


    • 13 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham
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    This day will be devoted to engaging the senses and slowing down together in the rich natural area around Hawk Meadow Farm.  The theme for this day will be "Awareness of Diversity".  Our day will be divided between silent meditation practice in the farm's 24' yurt, the Hidden Mountain Zendo, and time spent in explorations and discoveries in the surrounding fields and woods.  This is a very accessible experience that does not involve too much walking or any need to carry a pack.  At the same time this is a meditation retreat that does not involve too much seated meditation! We will explore the changes of spring, the life in the wetlands, and hopefully have a chance to check in on Hawk Meadows' gregarious pair of resident ravens who should be rearing nestlings at this time about a hundred yards from the yurt.  We will conclude the day with a closing ritual in the Cedar Grove.

    Register at www.RedCedarZen.org


    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.

    Plan on 20 minutes travel time from downtown Bellingham.  And give yourself an additional 10-15 minutes to get from your car to the yurt to settle in for the beginning of meditation at 9am.

    Registration required, please click the "Register" button on the left to being the process.

    There will be an opportunity during registration 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. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 20 May 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

    This year's topic for our annual Zen Studies Retreat is Eihei Dogen's teachings on awakening in every day life as expressed in his famous essay Instructions for the Cook (Tenzo Kyokun). 

    Combining the traditional and the contemporary, Nomon Tim Burnett will lead our annual Zen Studies retreat. This year in Spring, instead of Fall.

    Far from just an academic inquiry, the weekend will involve a series of meditations and experiential exercises along with ample discussion to help us explore the text and Dogen's thought from the inside out.

    Our Zen Studies retreats combine meditation, lecture, discussion, private interviews with the teacher, and innovative experiential education to explore the contemporary meaning of ancient Buddhist texts.

    Downloadable text: Tenzo Kyokun (Foulk).pdf 
    (separate document with just the notes: Tenzo Kyokun (Foulk) - notes.pdf 

    Additional Dogen teachings: Tim's Dharma Talks on Wednesday evenings in the weeks leading up to the Study Retreat will be on another text by Dogen, Bendowa ("On the Practice of the Way") from April 19th - May 17th.

    Private interviews: Private interviews with Nomon Tim Burnett, called dokusan, may be offered depending on enrollment. At last year's Study Retreat there was time for every participant to meet with Tim. That is our intention this year as well. Attending the early morning session provides more opportunities for dokusan.

    Meals: A simple oatmeal breakfast will be offered during the optional early morning sits. Please bring a small potluck item that goes with oatmeal if you attend. Lunch this year will be brown bag. Please bring your own lunch. Saturday we will have a long break for dinner giving us time to go out or eat quietly at the Dharma Hall. 

    Cost:
    $40 RCZC Members option. 
    $60 - $90 sliding scale for non-members.

    An additional donation to the teacher (dana) or to RCZC may be made at retreat.

    Schedule

    Saturday
    6:00am - 9:00am (optional) Join the regular Saturday morning sit at the Dharma Hall. The morning includes 3 periods of meditation, private interviews with the teacher, morning service. Simple breakfast of oatmeal plus potluck items. Please bring some fruit, bread or other simple additions to the breakfast.

    9:30am - 5:00pm Program: Meditation, two Dharma talks with discussion and activities, bag lunch. Please bring your own bag lunch. Tea will be provided.

    5:00pm - 7:00pm  Dinner break. Bring something to eat at the Dharma Hall or go out. We encourage a somewhat lighter approach to silence in these study retreats - going out with old and new friends for dinner is a part of the weekend that many appreciate as Dharma practice.

    7:00pm - 9:00pm Meditation. Private interviews with the teacher. Returning to silence for the evening to digest the teachings of the day.

    Sunday

    9:30am - 4:00pm Program: Meditation, two Dharma talks with discussion and activities, bag lunch. Please bring your own bag lunch. Tea will be provided. A closing work period to clean up the Dharma Hall. Plan on being able to leave after 4pm.

    Overnight accommodations: The Dharma Hall is available for overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday and can fit up to eight people. Please indicate in the registration is you need a place to stay overnight. We are also able to match people with local sangha members with guest rooms to share - if you can provide a place for someone to stay in the Bellingham area please let us know in the registration as well.

    About Zen Studies Retreats: Our study retreat format was developed with Zoketsu Norman Fischer over many years. This unique weekend format include sitting and walking meditation and the spirit of silence and retreat but also emphasizes teachings, discussion, and interaction more than our sesshin (Zen meditation retreats). Parts of the day are in silence, others include discussion and social time. We see this format as an opportunity to integrate teachings, sangha life, and practice expressing our understanding of the teachings as they pertain to our lives.


    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 2:15 PM
    • SeaTac Airport, Baggage Claim level, Door 00

    For those attending the Samish Island Sesshin starting on June 16 who are flying into SeaTac, we able this year to provide a convenient shuttle bus service using the Capital Aeroporter company.

    Sign up using the "Register" button to the left if you would like a seat on this round-trip shuttle leaving SeaTac Airport on

    Friday June 16 at 2pm

    and leaving the Samish Island campground retreat site at 12 noon on Sunday June 24 for a:

    2:15pm arrival at SeaTac Airport on Saturday June 24 (downtown Seattle drop-off also available)

    The cost for this shuttle is $90.00 for the round trip. We are not able to offer a one-way ticket.

    On the return trip, the shuttle will stop briefly for one drop-off in downtown Seattle at the centrally located transit hub of the International District/Chinatown Metro Transit Station (located at 5th Ave S & S Jackson St). This location is served by Link Light Rail and Seattle Metro buses and is also easily accessible by car.

    Note: meet the Red Cedar Zen group near door 00, Baggage Claim Level, just south of baggage claim carousel 1. See SeaTac Ground Transportation Map.

    Cancellation Policy

    We regret that no refunds are possible with the shuttle bookings as we are on contract with the bus company. This supersedes our usual cancellation policies.

    • 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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    Registration now open.

    New for 2017: airporter shuttle service is available; register separately for the SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle event. Also see new deadlines and cancellation section below.

    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, dokusan 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. Signing up is making a commitment to be part of the retreat for the entire period you signed up for.

    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 multi-room cabins with a bath shared with one other room:

    Full Retreat only, room alone: $740 - $840 sliding scale

    Full Retreat, room shared: $590 - $690

    Half Retreat, room shared $355 - $395

     e-Cabin Exterior

     e-Cabin Interior

    Rustic 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: $575 - $675 sliding scale

    Rustic Cabins Half of retreat: $345 - $395 sliding scale

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

    Tent Full Retreat: $490 - $590 sliding scale

    Tent Half of Retreat: $290 - $340 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 offer 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.

    Dates and Cancellation

    • March 6 - Registration Opens. 25% deposit due with registration.
    • May 16 - Last day to cancel with full refund.
    • June 1 - Payment due in full. Registration Closes. Last day to cancel with partial refund.
    See also the Red Cedar Cancellation Policy

    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

    Registration is also available for the SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle
    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

    A full day hike to open the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike to Skyline Divide - our first mindful foray into the deep mountains to open the season.

    Hike to Skyline Divide.  This popular local destination, a beautiful subalpine ridge partially covered in early season snowfields and avalanche lilies, will be our place of Opening the Mountains for the beginning of our ritual hiking season.

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the first ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests waking up the mountain deities, will be a 6 mile round trip with about a 1500’ elevation gain.

    The trail can be muddy at this time of the year so you may want to bring gaiters for snow in the upper portions.  Although there could be snow there will also be clear areas on the ridge.

    Register at www.RedCedarZen.org


    And early start is essential to have sufficient daylight to complete this hike at a modest pace. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 8:30am or at Nugent's Corner at 9:00am. To make a very full day consider joining the zendo practice at 6:00am.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration 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. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

     

    An easy stroll into the deep primeval woods of our region. Mediation, ritual, contemplation and community.

    Join sangha for a Zen experience in the Old Growth forest remnant off of Mount Baker Highway.  This spot is the home to the oldest living beings of our local area.  We make this visit annually to connect with the wisdom and peace of the grove.

    Parking is limited to 2 or 3 spots and carpooling is essential. Meet at the Dharma Hall at 9:00am, or at the grocery store in Nugent's Corner at 9:30am. We'll return to the Dharma Hall at about 1:00pm.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration 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. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham and Mount Baker Wilderness
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    Our original wilderness excursion: now in it's 17th year. An introductory day plus a three-day meditation backpack onto the slopes of Mount Baker.

    Inspired by Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra (Sansuikyo), this retreat includes silent backpacking through a beautiful old growth hemlock forest to a seldom-visited base camp at Mazama Park, just south of Mount Baker at the foot of Park Butte. Activities include traditional Zen practice, a short solo exercise, and opportunities for day hiking. The retreat is appropriate for new meditators and beginning backpackers.

    The group prepares for the mountains in the lowlands with an evening of meditation, day program in nature awareness, and Native American sweat lodge. The first two nights of this program are at Hawk Meadow Farm outside Bellingham, followed by two nights on the slopes of Mount Baker.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Arrival - We will meet at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall at 5pm for dinner, orientation, and an evening of meditation with the larger Red Cedar Sangha.  After meditation we will drive about 20 minutes out to Hawk Meadow Farm.  Sleeping will be in the zendo yurt on floor futons or you may set up a tent.

    Nature Awareness Workshop - Thursday 9am - 3pm. Engaging the senses and slowing down together in the rich natural area around Hawk Meadow Farm.  Formal meditation practice will be combined with outdoor explorations and encounters.

    Packing & Preparation - Thursday 3pm - 5pm. An essential time to get our packs together, ready for a early departure on Friday morning.

    Native American Sweat Lodge  - Thursday  7pm - 10pm, facilitated by Rob Staveland, Northern Cheyenne-trained lodge teacher. A powerful ritual of purification and setting intentions. Sangha members not coming on the Mountains and Rivers are also invited to join in this evening of ritual. RSVP to Bob Penny (bobpenny1253@gmail.com / 360-927-5702) for details.

    Going to the Mountain - Early Friday morning we leave for Mount Baker. Our trailhead is 2 hours drive away. Hiking in to our base camp on Friday in silence we will spend two nights in the wilderness. Returning to the cars on Sunday August 18th at about 4:00pm and final return to Hawk Meadow at approximately 6:00pm to end this retreat.

    3-day Backpack: We hike into our base camp on Friday, hiking in silence and stopping for trail-side rituals along the way. At our base camp in Mazama Park we establish a zendo and practice all day Saturday. Hiking out on Sunday.  The shape our journey is a pilgrimage, stopping at ritual sites along the way to recite Dogen's Mountains and River Sutra

    Returning from the Mountain. We generally reach the trailhead again on Sunday between 3pm and 5pm arriving back at Hawk Meadow Farm in Bellingham between 5pm and 7pm. This is a hiking event so arrival time can vary. 

    More Details

    Cost includes breakfasts, dinners and trail parking passes and pre-registration via the website, plus a telephone interview with Bob to assess questions around hiking gear and fitness.

    NOTE: The base cost for this retreat does not, however, provide any compensation to the teachers.  Instruction for our Wilderness Retreat programs are offered on a 

    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.

    Registration required, please click the "Register" button on the left to being the process.

    There will be an opportunity during registration 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. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

     

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    An intensive long day hike to the source of the Nooksack River: Nooksack Cirque. A long and strenuous hike in and out of the the Upper North Fork drainage. Half of the hike is off trail on rocky terrain. Plan on a long day, hiking at a good pace, and wearing hiking boots. At the Cirque we will perform a ritual in the sacred space of many hanging glaciers and waterfalls.

    A very early start is essential to have sufficient daylight for this long day hike. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 5:30am or at Nugent's Corner at 6:00am. 

    If you are unsure of your fitness for this hike please contact Bob before registering.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration 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. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall to trailhead at Samish Overlook

     


    A four mile day hike to close the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike to Oyster Dome - our final mindful foray into the local mountains to close the season.

    Hike to the jem of the Chuckanuts: Oyster Dome.  This popular local destination, a prominent rocky outcrop on the southwest face of Blanchard mountain, will be our place of Closing the Mountains for the ending of our ritual hiking season.

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the last ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests putting the mountain to rest, will be a 4 mile round trip with about a 500’ elevation gain.

    Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 9am. Those coming from Skagit can meet us at the trailhead at the Samish Overlook at 9:30, via the Alger exit (please coordinate with Bob).

    To make a very full day consider joining the zendo practice at 6:00am that morning.

    We'll return to the Dharma Hall about 4pm.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration 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. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.
    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sugarloaf Trailhead, Mt Erie. Near Anacortes.

    Join Red Cedar Zen Community for our annual spring Circumambulation of Mt. Erie hike.  This celebration of the encouraging energy of springtime is 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 in celebration of the local areas' history of hermit Zen poetry 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

     

Past events

12 Apr 2017 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
01 Apr 2017 Sangha Work Day - April 1st
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
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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