Upcoming Events (full list)

Note: Want to see what else is happening in the building in case you as a member want to go by for individual practice of to use the library (or you're part of a sangha group wanting to meet)? Please see the Building Calendar.

Upcoming events

    • Monday, November 08, 2021
    • (PST()
    • Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    • (PDT()
    • 115 sessions
    • Online on Zoom Only.

    WEEKDAY MORNING PROGRAM

    Monday - Thursday 7am - 7:30am a simple morning sit: zazen, and brief dedication of merit.

    Verses used are available here. 

    You may add a name to our well-being and memorial blessings list here.

    If you would like to have a private interview (dokusan) with our Guiding Teacher, Nomon Tim Burnett, simply use the Zoom chat function to send Nomon a private chat - just saying "doksuan" is fine. Note that Nomon Tim is often logged in as Red Cedar Zen Community.

    Printable Chant Books covering all chants done at Red Cedar events are available here.

    • Saturday, December 11, 2021
    • (PST()
    • Saturday, November 19, 2022
    • (PST()
    • 48 sessions
    • Live Online via Zoom, Bellingham Unitarian starting in January

    SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM

    Every  Saturday morning we offer early morning mediation. See also our Monday-Thursday morning sit. 

    Online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5601791305 
    (email info@redcedarzen.org for the passcode).

    Printable chant book available here.

    Starting in January: in person practice will also be available at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

    Saturday Morning Meditation Schedule

    7:00am zazen (opening with robe chant, early morning bells, and priest’s jundo)
    7:30am kinhin (slow walking meditation)
    7:40am zazen
    8:10am service (chanting and bowing - longer morning service)
    8:30am soji (temple cleaning)

    Followed by the opportunity for social time.

    Dokusan (private interviews) with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett are offered during zazen periods.

    • Sunday, December 19, 2021
    • Sunday, October 29, 2023
    • 99 sessions
    • Online in our Virtual Zoom Zendo
    Register

    Weekly Sunday Morning Program - 10am to Noon

    Join us for our weekly Sunday morning program with meditation, Zen chanting, and a Dharma talk with discussion by Red Cedar Zen and visiting speakers. Whether you are an old hand at this or you are just Zen-curious and know nothing about Zen practice, please come! 

    ZEN ALIVE DURING PRACTICE PERIOD

    The format for Zen Alive is slightly modified during the practice period. Together we will have an opportunity to investigate the bodhisattvas we practice with in our lineage. This dharma conversation will be facilitated by Shudo Chris Burkhart. The conversation will begin with a short reading from Taigen Dan Leighton's book "Faces of Compassion." Then we will hopefully have a conversation/discussion exploring the "bodhisattva of the day," their manifestation in today's world, and whatever is alive for you around the subject. 

    There is no requirement to attend the whole series, please feel free to drop in. This is the plan: 

    1/23 Avalokiteshvara

    1/30 Manjushri

    2/6 Jizo

    2/13 Samantabhadra

    2/20 Maitreya Buddha

    2/27 Shakyamuni as a bodhisattva

    3/6 Bodhisattvas as archetypes alive in us

    ABOUT ZEN ALIVE!

    We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death... all happening at the same time. Issa said it so well in his haiku: 

    The world of dew
    Is the world of dew.
    And yet, and yet—

    —Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)

    We will explore this intersection of life, this world, and stories of awakening on Sundays during Zen Alive! Local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore awakening, enlightenment, and practice-realization. 

    And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." Maybe we think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet... it changes. Always. Please come to help us explore this theme through the practice of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), dharma talk, and  conversation.

    The event will be online in our virtual zendo at https://zoom.us/j/5601791305
    Please email registrar@redcedarzen.org to request the password. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member. 

    To receive reminders and notices about guest speakers and other Sunday program news please REGISTER for Zen Alive!

    • Tuesday, January 11, 2022
    • (PST()
    • Tuesday, March 01, 2022
    • (PST()
    • 4 sessions
    • Our "Virtual Zendo" on Zoom
    Register

    A class of 4 sessions during practice period

    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 Heigaku Talus Latona. 

    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 (or the appropriate blue button below).

    Schedule: Four Tuesdays - January to March, 6:30pm - 8:00pm on Zoom (usual virtual Zendo link sent with registration)

     Pre-registration required.

     Please Register for the class  here. 


    • Thursday, January 13, 2022
    • (PST()
    • Thursday, December 22, 2022
    • (PST()
    • 50 sessions
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom

    THURSDAY 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 from mid January to early March each year and the Dharma Seminar Schedule is used in July.

    Online via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5601791305
    (request passcode ahead from info@redcedarzen.org)

    Regular Schedule:
    6:50pm han begins
    7:00pm zazen (sitting meditation)
    7:30pm kinhin (walking meditation)
    7:40pm service (chanting and bowing)
    8:00pm dharma talk by Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett and others
    8:40pm discussion
    8:55pm refuge chant
    9:00pm close

    If you would like to have a private interview (dokusan) with our Guiding Teacher, Nomon Tim Burnett, simply use the Zoom chat function to send Nomon a private chat - just saying "doksuan" is fine. Note that Nomon Tim is often logged in as Red Cedar Zen Community.

    Printable Chant Books covering all chants done at Red Cedar events are available here.

    • Thursday, January 20, 2022
    • (PST()
    • Thursday, February 24, 2022
    • (PST()
    • 6 sessions
    • Currently meeting only online on Zoom
    Register

    Our focus of study for the Winter 2021 practice period will be The Diamond Sutra, one of the earliest known  Mahayana Buddhist writings. It is part of the  genre of Prajnaparamita (perfection of wisdom) sutras, sometimes called “the emptiness teachings”.

    Our shuso, Seiu Hannah Sullivan, will lead a weekly exploration of the work and how it can relate to our daily lives.  We’ll read the poetry, talk together, and share the unknown. 

    Required Text: The Diamond Sutra: Text and Commentaries translated by Red Pine.

    Recommended Text: The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion by Thich Nhat Hanh. 

    Schedule:  The class is included six of our Thursday evening practice sessions. January 20th through February 24th. We are currently meeting only online on Zoom.

    Registration Required (not drop-in) - no charge for Red Cedar members but you must register to participate in this course. 

    Remote Participation. We recommend coming in person if you can and we gladly offer the online version in our usual Zoom Room.

    Registration: Please use the overall  Practice Period Registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for each of the events you will be attending during Practice Period.


    • Saturday, February 05, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM (PST()
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom

    As we reach the middle point of our 8-week practice period, let’s gather to check in with each other around our practice and intentions. 

    Bring your open mind & heart plus a small item to supplement our pot of oatmeal.

    For more info on Practice Period and to register please see
     Winter Practice Period 2022

    • Thursday, March 03, 2022
    • 7:00 AM (PST()
    • Saturday, March 05, 2022
    • 3:00 PM (PST()
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom
    Register

    Our 3-day sesshin with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim, Visiting Teacher Kathie Fisher and Shuso Seiu Hannah Sullivan to close Winter Practice Period.

    The practice of sesshin is a powerful opportunity including alternating sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, dokusan with the teachers, silent meals, breaks, and afternoon tea.

    The retreat ends with the Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony on Saturday at 3pm. All in the practice period are warmly invited to this ceremony. 

    Schedule: Thursday 7am - 9pm, Friday 7am - 9pm, Saturday 7am - 5pm

    Attendance: If you can’t attend full time you may sign up for one or two full days in person. Zoom participants may be more flexibile in their attendance as needed.

    Other Options: you may come to the retreat’s Dharma Talks on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 10:50am even if you aren’t attending the full retreat.

    All Practice Period participants are warmly invited to attend the Shuso’s Dharma Inquiry Ceremony on Saturday at 2pm. 

    Food: meals will be provided, probably buffet style 

    Housing: We will try to assist with housing for out of town retreatants, you may request housing in the registration process. Have a space guest room? Please let us know.

    To register for this sesshin or any other practice period event please use the:

    PRACTICE PERIOD REGISTRATION


      • Thursday, March 03, 2022
      • 11:10 AM (PST()
      • Saturday, March 05, 2022
      • (PST()
      • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom
           
      Nomon Tim Burnett Sokaku Kathie Fischer Seiu Hannah Sullivan
      As part of the Practice Period Closing Sesshin the morning Dharma Talks are open to sangha members and visitors. 

      Thursday
      10:50am Seiu Hannah Sullivan, Practice Period Shuso (head student)

      Friday
      10:50am Sokaku Kathie Fischer, Visiting Teacher

      Saturday
      11:10am  Nomon Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher

      No pre-registration needed for public dharma talks. All are warmly invited in person at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and online on Zoom.

      These talks are a part of our annual Winter Practice Period. To learn more and participate fully in the Practice Period please see: 

      Winter Practice Period 2022


      • Saturday, March 05, 2022
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PST()
      • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom

      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 Seiu Hannah Sullivan at the Hossinshiki ceremony which also concludes the Practice Period Closing Sesshin.

      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.

      For those not sitting the sesshin: please RSVP with the registration system to let us know if you're coming. The ceremony at 2pm takes about an hour and is followed by a reception, social time, and cleaning up the zendo. Note that the ceremony is on Saturday afternoon this year.

      Please use the overall Practice Period Registration to let us know which events you'll be attending.

      • Thursday, March 10, 2022
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST()
      • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom
      Our final closing event of Practice Period

      After the festivities the previous weekend with the Practice Period Closing Sesshin we will gather one last time on Thursday evening to sit in circle and close the 2021 Winter Practice Period.

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

      No registration required for this event but please register for the Practice Period. You may register for this retreat individually or use the online Practice Period Overall registration to describe your intentions for practice period and register for all of the events you will be attending.


      • Friday, June 17, 2022
      • 5:00 PM (PDT()
      • Saturday, June 25, 2022
      • 12:00 PM (PDT()
      • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232
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      January 23rd update: Samish has confirmed they will be open, but we are awaiting updates on their camp fee schedule before we can verify our pricing and begin registration.

      Please check back soon. Announcements will be sent to members and those on our email list.

      Note that listed prices are subject to change.

      Our annual 7-day (8 nights) silent Zen sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer with talks and interview also available with Nomon Tim Burnett and others, 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 eaten in the formal 3-bowl oryoki style (you must bring a oryoki set to this sesshin). 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 only appropriate to those who have sat sesshin with us before. We are unable to offer other attendance choices. 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
      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 attendance options other than the three listed above can be accommodated. 
      • 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:
      Housing is provided with three options:

      E-Cabins are recently built multi-room cabins with a bath shared with one other room. E-Cabins are in short supply in this retreat. Please choose a rustic cabin if that is possible for you in order to leave the e-cabins for those with health challenges. Or consider sharing an e-cabin. 

       e-Cabin Exterior

       e-Cabin Interior

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

       Rustic Cabin, exterior

       Rustic cabin, interior

      RV Site with Hook-Ups - are available.

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

      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

      • May 1 - Final scholarship awards.
      • May 14 - Last day to cancel with full refund. Full payment due.
      • June 1 - Registration Closes. Last day to cancel with partial refund. Incomplete (unpaid) registrations will be cancelled at this time to make room for people on the waitlist.
      See also the Red Cedar Cancellation Policy

      Scholarships

      Scholarships are available for one quarter of retreat costs. If funds allow, additional funds may be available. During the registration process an opportunity to request a scholarship is available.

      Samish Island Campground

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

      11565 Scott Rd, Bow, WA 98232
      Map and Directions

    Past events

    Saturday, January 08, 2022 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Thursday, January 06, 2022 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Thursday, January 06, 2022 Winter Practice Period 2022 (overall registration)
    Saturday, December 11, 2021 Doan Training
    Thursday, December 02, 2021 Rohatsu - In Person 3-day Sesshin (and online)
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Wednesday evening
    Sunday, November 21, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Sunday morning
    Sunday, November 07, 2021 Our Journey Home - Campaign Phone Drive
    Saturday, November 06, 2021 2021 Precepts Sesshin and Lay Entrustment Ceremony
    Saturday, October 23, 2021 Returning Water Ceremony
    Saturday, October 23, 2021 Closing the Mountains Hike
    Sunday, October 17, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Sunday morning
    Saturday, October 16, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Saturday morning
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Wednesday evening
    Monday, October 11, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Monday morning
    Saturday, October 09, 2021 Heart Lake/Heart Sutra Circumambulation
    Saturday, October 02, 2021 Sitting in the Park
    Friday, October 01, 2021 Day of Mindfulness
    Sunday, September 26, 2021 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
    Saturday, September 25, 2021 On Buddhist Fundraising
    Thursday, September 23, 2021 On Buddhist Fundraising
    Saturday, September 18, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Saturday morning
    Friday, September 17, 2021 CANCELLED - Sitting in the Park
    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Wednesday evening
    Saturday, August 21, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Saturday morning
    Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Wednesday evening
    Saturday, July 31, 2021 Meditation in the Old Growth
    Friday, July 30, 2021 Sitting in the Park
    Saturday, July 17, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Saturday morning
    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Zen Practice Orientation on Wednesday evening
    Saturday, July 10, 2021 Opening the Mountains Hike
    Monday, July 05, 2021 Reading Dogen (weekly on Monday)
    Saturday, June 26, 2021 Silent Mindful Hike at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve
    Thursday, June 17, 2021 Shantideva or bust! (weekly on Thursday)
    Saturday, June 12, 2021 Public Dharma Talks with Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Shudo Chris Burkhart
    Friday, June 11, 2021 Online 7-day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer ("Samish Online")
    Saturday, May 22, 2021 Wetland Walking Meditation
    Friday, May 21, 2021 Sitting in the Park
    Saturday, May 01, 2021 Receiving Water Ceremony
    Saturday, April 03, 2021 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2021 Zen Precepts Studies - Finding Freedom Through Ethical Conduct
    Monday, March 29, 2021 Family Promise (Informational Sessions)
    Saturday, March 27, 2021 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Wednesday Spring Lecture Series: Brains, Minds, and Buddhas
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Practice Period Closing Circle
    Sunday, March 07, 2021 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
    Thursday, March 04, 2021 Practice Period Closing Sesshin
    Sunday, February 07, 2021 Introduction to Zen Meditation
    Saturday, January 23, 2021 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Living in the Grass Shack - Practice Period Class
    Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Winter Practice Period 2021
    Sunday, January 03, 2021 Zen Alive! Zen Ancestor Keizan and Awakening
    Thursday, December 31, 2020 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
    Wednesday, December 02, 2020 Public Dharma Talks: Nomon Tim Burnett, Shudo Chris Burkhart, and Kanshin Allison Tait
    Tuesday, December 01, 2020 Rohatsu - Online 7-day Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett and friends
    Monday, November 16, 2020 Autumn Light Reading with Shuko Edie Norton
    Wednesday, November 04, 2020 Spirit Settling Ceremony: Sejiki
    Tuesday, November 03, 2020 Chanting for the Nation
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 What is Zen? - a class for new and old beginners
    Sunday, October 04, 2020 Zen Alive! Exploring the Jewel Mirror Samadhi
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 Climate & Racial Justice: Sharing Stories of Activism Rooted in Love
    Saturday, September 19, 2020 Closing the Hall: Ceremony and Procession
    Monday, September 14, 2020 Morning Practice
    Sunday, September 06, 2020 Zen Alive Online! September Sunday Program with Nomon Tim Burnett at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Sunday, August 02, 2020 Zen Alive! August Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Sunday, July 26, 2020 OLD - Practice Period Class - IGNORE
    Monday, July 20, 2020 Reading Dogen (offered online)
    Sunday, July 05, 2020 Zen Alive! July Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Sunday, June 28, 2020 TO BE RESCHEDULED: Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Friday, June 12, 2020 Online 5-day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer ("Samish Online")
    Friday, June 12, 2020 CANCELLED - Samish Island Sesshin 2020
    Sunday, June 07, 2020 Zen Alive Online! June Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Saturday, May 16, 2020 CANCELLED - Hidden Mountain Spring Retreat
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020 RCZC Board of Directors Meeting - visitors welcome
    Sunday, May 03, 2020 Zen Alive Online! May Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Monday, April 27, 2020 Reading Dogen: Bendowa (offered online)
    Sunday, April 12, 2020 CANCELLED - Circumambulation of Mt. Erie Hiking
    Wednesday, April 08, 2020 Moved Online/Home: Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
    Wednesday, April 08, 2020 RCZC Board of Directors Meeting - visitors welcome
    Sunday, April 05, 2020 Moved Online - Zen Alive! April Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Saturday, April 04, 2020 Cancelled: Sangha Work Day
    Sunday, March 29, 2020 Cancelled: Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: March
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2020 Zen Precepts Study Group
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 Hills and Streams Hike (Lost Lake Falls)
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Practice Period Closing Circle
    Sunday, March 08, 2020 Shosan Dharma Questions Ceremony
    Thursday, March 05, 2020 Public Dharma Talks: Nomon Tim Burnett and Shudo Chris Burkhart
    Wednesday, March 04, 2020 Practice Period Closing Sesshin
    Sunday, March 01, 2020 Zen Alive! March Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Parinirvana Ceremony
    Monday, February 03, 2020 Introduction to Zen Meditation
    Sunday, February 02, 2020 Zen Alive! February Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Saturday, February 01, 2020 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2020 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Winter Practice Period 2020
    Sunday, January 05, 2020 Zen Alive! January Sunday Program at Red Cedar Zen Community
    Friday, January 03, 2020 Friday Noon Practice
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
    Friday, December 13, 2019 Doanryo Training: Ringing the Bells and Leading the Chants
    Saturday, December 07, 2019 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
    Thursday, December 05, 2019 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Kanshin Allison Tait
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Rohatsu 2019 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
    Wednesday, November 06, 2019 Spirit Settling Ceremony: Sejiki
    Sunday, October 27, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning and Harvest Potluck: October
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 Jukai Sesshin and Ceremony
    Friday, October 18, 2019 Sangha Trip to Buddhist Seattle
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 Closing the Mountains Hike
    Sunday, September 29, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: September
    Saturday, September 28, 2019 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
    Saturday, September 21, 2019 RESCHEDULED Sangha Work Day: September
    Friday, September 13, 2019 Sauk Mt. Full Moonrise Hike
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Ordination of Ryushin Kate McKenna and Chikyo Ewan Magie
    Sunday, August 25, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: August
    Sunday, August 18, 2019 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
    Saturday, August 17, 2019 Visual Journals: Expressing Our Spiritual Selves
    Wednesday, August 07, 2019 RCZC Board of Directors Meeting
    Sunday, August 04, 2019 Meditation in the Old Growth
    Saturday, August 03, 2019 Sangha Work Day: August
    Sunday, July 28, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: July
    Saturday, July 20, 2019 RESCHEDULED Sangha Work Day: July
    Saturday, July 13, 2019 Opening the Mountains Hike
    Sunday, June 30, 2019 Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Sunday, June 30, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: June
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Dharma Songs with "Urban Monk" Marc Anderson
    Saturday, June 22, 2019 Norman Fischer reading: The World Could Be Otherwise
    Saturday, June 15, 2019 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2019
    Friday, June 14, 2019 Samish Island Sesshin 2019
    Friday, June 14, 2019 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2019 Summer Sesshin
    Sunday, June 09, 2019 What Do We Do When We Can No Longer Do What We Used to Do? An Exploration of the Bodhisattva Way
    Saturday, June 08, 2019 Sangha Work Day: June
    Friday, June 07, 2019 RCZC Practice Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, June 05, 2019 RCZC Board of Directors Meeting
    Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Sangha Conversation
    Sunday, May 26, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: May
    Saturday, May 18, 2019 Mindfulness and Intimacy with visiting teacher Ben Connolly
    Saturday, May 04, 2019 Sangha Work Day: May
    Friday, May 03, 2019 Zen Sewing Weekend Retreat
    Sunday, April 28, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: April
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
    Saturday, April 06, 2019 Sangha Work Day: April
    Wednesday, April 03, 2019 Zen Precepts Study Group
    Monday, April 01, 2019 The Heart of Perfect Understanding (Online Class)
    Saturday, March 30, 2019 Better Angels Workshop: How to Talk Across the Political Divide
    Sunday, March 17, 2019 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in March
    Saturday, March 16, 2019 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
    Wednesday, March 06, 2019 Practice Period Closing Circle
    Sunday, March 03, 2019 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Practice Period Closing Sesshin
    Sunday, February 24, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: February
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Parinirvana Ceremony
    Monday, February 04, 2019 Introduction to Zen Meditation
    Saturday, February 02, 2019 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
    Saturday, February 02, 2019 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Continuing our Maturity (Shuso's Class)
    Sunday, January 20, 2019 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in January
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Winter Practice Period 2019 - overview & registration
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 2019 Winter Practice Period - Key Dates
    Saturday, January 05, 2019 Hidden Mountain Zendo Star Gazing
    Monday, December 31, 2018 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
    Saturday, December 08, 2018 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
    Thursday, December 06, 2018 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
    Wednesday, December 05, 2018 Rohatsu 2018 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
    Saturday, December 01, 2018 Better Angels Skills Workshop: How to Talk Across the Political Divide with Revs. Edie Norton & Cara Tanis
    Sunday, November 18, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in November
    Wednesday, November 07, 2018 Spirit Settling Ceremony
    Saturday, November 03, 2018 Jukai Sesshin and Ceremony
    Sunday, October 28, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning and Harvest Potluck: October
    Friday, October 26, 2018 Sangha Arts Night
    Monday, October 22, 2018 Compassion Cultivation Training with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Saturday, October 13, 2018 Closing the Mountains Hike
    Saturday, October 06, 2018 Sangha Work Day - October 6th
    Sunday, September 30, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: September
    Saturday, September 29, 2018 Zen Sewing - September 29th
    Sunday, September 23, 2018 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children
    Sunday, September 23, 2018 Family Promise Volunteer Training
    Saturday, September 22, 2018 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
    Saturday, September 15, 2018 Zen Sewing - September 15th
    Friday, September 14, 2018 5-Day Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Wednesday Practice with Special Guest Speaker Edward Brown
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018 Circumambulation of Mt. Hood
    Sunday, September 02, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in September
    Saturday, September 01, 2018 Zen Sewing - September 1st
    Saturday, September 01, 2018 Sangha Work Day - September 1st
    Sunday, August 26, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: August
    Sunday, August 19, 2018 Sunday Simple Sit: The Compassion of No-Self and Impermanence
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 Family Promise Volunteer Training
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
    Saturday, August 04, 2018 Zen Sewing - August 4th
    Saturday, August 04, 2018 Meditation in the Old Growth
    Monday, July 30, 2018 Samish Work Sesshin Dharma Talks
    Sunday, July 29, 2018 The One Who's Not Busy, Samish Island Work Sesshin with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Sunday, July 29, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: July
    Saturday, July 21, 2018 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children (to be rescheduled)
    Saturday, July 14, 2018 Opening the Mountains Hike
    Saturday, July 07, 2018 Sangha Work Day - July 7th
    Monday, July 02, 2018 The Teachings of Suzuki Roshi
    Sunday, June 24, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: June
    Saturday, June 23, 2018 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2018
    Saturday, June 16, 2018 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2018
    Friday, June 15, 2018 Samish Island Sesshin 2018
    Friday, June 15, 2018 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2018 Summer Sesshin
    Sunday, June 03, 2018 Sunday Simple Sit
    Saturday, June 02, 2018 Sangha Work Day - June 2nd
    Sunday, May 27, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: May
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Dharma Songs with "Urban Monk" Marc Anderson
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 Hidden Mountain Spring Retreat
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Work Party/Ceremony/Potluck
    Sunday, May 06, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice in May
    Saturday, May 05, 2018 Sangha Work Day - May 5th
    Sunday, April 29, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: April
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 The Way of Flowers
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Zen Precepts Study Group
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 Sangha Work Day - April 7th
    Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
    Friday, March 30, 2018 Zen Sewing Retreat
    Wednesday, March 28, 2018 “A-I-U-E-O” Pronouncing Japanese!
    Sunday, March 25, 2018 Hills and Streams Hike (Lost Lake Falls)
    Sunday, March 25, 2018 CANCELLED: Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: March
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
    Friday, March 16, 2018 Zen Calligraphy Practice Group
    Wednesday, March 07, 2018 Practice Period Closing Circle
    Wednesday, March 07, 2018 Namu Kie Butsu: Learning the Zen Sewing Stitch
    Sunday, March 04, 2018 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
    Friday, March 02, 2018 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Nōgen Connie Martin
    Sunday, February 25, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: February
    Saturday, February 17, 2018 Samish Clean Up Day
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
    Monday, February 05, 2018 Introduction to Zen Meditation
    Saturday, February 03, 2018 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
    Saturday, February 03, 2018 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Sunday, January 28, 2018 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 The Dharma of Anger (Shuso's Class)
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Winter Practice Period 2018 - overview & registration
    Sunday, January 07, 2018 Zazenkai: CANCELED due to schedule conflict
    Sunday, December 31, 2017 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
    Saturday, December 09, 2017 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
    Thursday, December 07, 2017 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
    Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Rohatsu 2017 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
    Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Dharma Talk with Koshin Cain
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
    Saturday, November 04, 2017 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
    Saturday, November 04, 2017 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Spirit Settling Ceremony
    Monday, October 23, 2017 History of Buddhism: Dōgen in Context
    Sunday, October 22, 2017 CANCELLED: Sunday Simple Sit
    Sunday, October 22, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
    Sunday, October 15, 2017 On the Vimalakirti Sutra
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 Closing the Mountains Hike
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Movie: Walk With Me (instead of usual Red Cedar Wednesday Night)
    Saturday, October 07, 2017 Sangha Work Day - October 7th
    Friday, October 06, 2017 Sangha Arts Night
    Saturday, September 30, 2017 Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
    Friday, September 29, 2017 Movie: The Last Dalai Lama
    Sunday, September 24, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
    Sunday, September 17, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
    Friday, September 15, 2017 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
    Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Genjo Koan Study Group
    Saturday, September 02, 2017 Sangha Work Day - September 2nd
    Friday, September 01, 2017 Sangha Campout on Mount Rainier
    Sunday, August 27, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
    Sunday, August 13, 2017 Jizo Ceremony - Remembering our Children
    Saturday, August 05, 2017 Meditation in the Old Growth
    Sunday, July 30, 2017 CANCELED: Sunday Simple Sit
    Sunday, July 23, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 The Way of Flowers
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 Opening the Mountains Hike
    Wednesday, July 05, 2017 Summer Dharma Seminar: Encounters with Dogen
    Sunday, July 02, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
    Saturday, July 01, 2017 Sangha Work Day - July 1st
    Sunday, June 25, 2017 Samish Sangha Clean Up 2017
    Sunday, June 25, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Mornings
    Sunday, June 18, 2017 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2017
    Friday, June 16, 2017 Samish Island Sesshin 2017
    Friday, June 16, 2017 SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2017 Summer Sesshin
    Friday, June 09, 2017 Hidden Mountain Zendo Opening
    Saturday, June 03, 2017 Sangha Work Day - June 3rd
    Saturday, May 20, 2017 Awakening in Everyday Life: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 Contemplating Nature Workshop
    Saturday, May 06, 2017 Sangha Work Day - May 6th
    Sunday, April 30, 2017 Norman Fischer Poetry Reading
    Sunday, April 30, 2017 Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Nomon Tim Burnett
    Saturday, April 29, 2017 Guiding Teacher Stepping Down Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
    Thursday, April 20, 2017 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
    Monday, April 03, 2017 A Conversation About Death and Dying
    Saturday, April 01, 2017 Sangha Work Day - April 1st
    Sunday, March 26, 2017 Sangha Mentors Program - April through September 2017
    Sunday, March 19, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
    Friday, March 10, 2017 Calligraphy Practice Group
    Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Practice Period Closing Circle
    Sunday, March 05, 2017 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
    Friday, March 03, 2017 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Ryushin Kate McKenna
    Thursday, March 02, 2017 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 Blanchard Mountain Meditation Hike and Meeting
    Monday, February 13, 2017 Introduction to Zen Meditation
    Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
    Sunday, February 05, 2017 Zazen in Uncertain Times: Sitting with the Fire - Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
    Sunday, January 22, 2017 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
    Sunday, January 22, 2017 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 Women's March on Bellingham
    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (Shuso's Class)
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Winter Practice Period 2017 - overview & registration
    Saturday, January 07, 2017 Sangha Work Day
    Sunday, January 01, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
    Saturday, December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 Saturday Morning Practice with Breakfast
    Saturday, December 03, 2016 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
    Thursday, December 01, 2016 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Rohatsu 2016 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Election Day Sits
    Monday, November 07, 2016 Let Love Be Our Legacy Interfaith Banner Display and Community Gathering
    Saturday, October 29, 2016 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
    Saturday, October 22, 2016 Inter-Sangha Work Party
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
    Saturday, October 15, 2016 Sangha Work Day - CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 Cultivating the Seven Factors of Enlightenment
    Saturday, October 08, 2016 Closing the Mountains Hike
    Saturday, October 01, 2016 Understanding Consciousness: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 CANCELED: Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
    Friday, September 16, 2016 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Circumambulation of Mount Adams - Journey into Wildness
    Sunday, September 04, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart: Paramitas of Meditation and Wisdom
    Saturday, September 03, 2016 Sangha Work Day
    Monday, August 15, 2016 Zazen in the Cedar Grove
    Monday, August 15, 2016 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
    Sunday, August 07, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
    Saturday, August 06, 2016 Meditation in the Old Growth
    Friday, August 05, 2016 Calligraphy Practice Group
    Sunday, July 17, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
    Saturday, July 16, 2016 Opening the Mountains Hike
    Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Summer Dharma Seminar: Our Embodied Life
    Saturday, July 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
    Saturday, June 25, 2016 Samish Sangha Clean Up
    Saturday, June 18, 2016 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2016
    Friday, June 17, 2016 Samish Island Sesshin 2016
    Saturday, June 04, 2016 Sangha Work Day
    Friday, May 20, 2016 Skagit Poetry Festival with Norman Fischer
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 Gentle Zen Retreat
    Sunday, April 03, 2016 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
    Saturday, April 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Norman Fischer reading at Village Books
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Norman Fischer Reading at Village Books
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Practice Period Closing Ceremony
    Friday, March 11, 2016 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
    Thursday, March 10, 2016 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
    Monday, March 07, 2016 Zen Precepts Study Group
    Friday, March 04, 2016 Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
    Friday, March 04, 2016 Introduction to Buddhist Meditation with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
    Friday, February 26, 2016 Buddhism in Bellingham panel - Whatcom READS!
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
    Monday, February 08, 2016 Introduction to Zen Meditation Practice
    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 Zen Pioneers Study Group
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Winter Practice Period 2016 - overview & registration
    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
    Sunday, January 17, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 Tim's 50th Birthday
    Saturday, January 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
    Thursday, December 31, 2015 New Year's Ceremony
    Saturday, December 05, 2015 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
    Saturday, December 05, 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Eko Jeff Kelley
    Friday, December 04, 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
    Thursday, December 03, 2015 Rohatsu - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Visiting Dharma Talk with Eko Jeff Kelley
    Saturday, October 31, 2015 A Day of Compassion with Nomon Tim Burnett
    Thursday, October 29, 2015 Jukai Ceremony
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Stories of Awakening with Anita Feng
    Saturday, September 26, 2015 Closing the Mountains Hike
    Friday, September 18, 2015 Four Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
    Thursday, August 13, 2015 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
    Saturday, August 01, 2015 Meditation in the Old Growth
    Saturday, July 11, 2015 Opening the Mountains Hike
    Sunday, June 28, 2015 Samish Sangha Clean Up
    Saturday, June 20, 2015 Samish Dharma Talks
    Saturday, June 20, 2015 Gentle Zen Retreat
    Friday, June 19, 2015 Samish Island Sesshin
    Saturday, June 06, 2015 Sangha Work Party
    Saturday, April 11, 2015 Sangha Work Party
    Sunday, April 05, 2015 Circumambulation of Mount Erie
    Sunday, April 05, 2015 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
    Wednesday, April 01, 2015 Buddha's Birthday
    Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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