Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

About Membership

For more than 30 years, Red Cedar Zen has offered a Soto Zen practice community in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner Mind. Most of our activities and events are open to everyone; you do not need to be a member in order to participate. However, as a non-profit organization with no outside funding source, we rely on a broad base of support to cover our operating expenses. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

One way to support our community is to become a member. We have a wide variety of membership levels to choose from, for all income levels. It is not our intention to turn away anyone who is sincerely committed to zen practice. Please see our Membership Form for a list of available membership levels and to start the process of becoming a member or renewing your membership. 

Red Cedar Zen Community benefits greatly from your membership, but you benefit as well.

Benefits of Membership

  • Supporting a growing Zen practice community and the Everyday Zen experiment of a committed lay practice. Numerous opportunities to work together with other members to sustain our practice and organization.
  • Periodic updates by email of events at Red Cedar, plus Responding Gate, our monthly sangha newsletter.
  • Access to Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett. As a Member, you are invited to consider Tim to be your teacher. He is available to meet with you privately in dokusan during most zazen periods or to consult with you by phone, email, or Zoom about your practice. Tim is also glad to perform ceremonies for members including weddings, funerals, blessing ceremonies and health and well-being ceremonies.
  • Access to our Practice Leaders, Revs. Shudo Chris Burkhart, Shuko Edie Norton, and Ryushin Kate McKenna, Lay Entrusted teacher Seishu John Wiley, and Practice Leaders Reizan Bob Penny and Heigaku Talus Latona, who all offer practice discussion on request.
  • An opportunity to participate in our Mentoring program in which a priest, Lay Teacher or Practice Leader meets with you in an ongoing way.
  • Discounted fees for retreats and classes.
  • Eligibility for grants and scholarships for retreats hosted by Red Cedar Zen Community, and those hosted by other groups.

Other Ways to Support the Sangha

In addition to becoming a member, there are other ways that you can support the sangha:

  1. DONATE: Make a One Time Donation to Red Cedar Zen Community.
  2. DANA: Support our teachers directly through the Donate to a Teacher page.
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