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Upcoming events

    • Sunday, December 19, 2021
    • Sunday, October 29, 2023
    • 101 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, once a month, visiting speakers. Whether you are an old hand at this or you are just Zen-curious and know nothing about Zen practice, please come! 

    About Zen Alive!

    We'll have a guest speaker program once a month (on the last Sunday). You can also expect to see Shudo Chris giving her wonderful talks at least once a month, as well as Nomon Tim and other Practice Leaders. We will also be taking up some rich reading materials from prominent teachers such as Shohaku Okumura and “Living by Vow”—wonderful deep commentaries on our chants.

    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.

    This event free of charge; however, if you are so moved, donations are gratefully accepted by the teachers and the Red Cedar Zen Community to cover ongoing expenses (make a donation here).

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

    • Saturday, October 01, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • Saturday, December 30, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 64 sessions
    • Online via Zoom

    SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM

    Every  Saturday morning we offer early morning mediation with a second period of zazen and a rich morning chanting and bowing service. Often the in-person group lingers for some social time.

    Starting in June: We will practicing in our Virtual Zendo only - our BUF Zendo will not be open!

    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.

    Printable chant book available here.

    • Monday, October 03, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, March 30, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • 104 sessions
    • Online on Zoom Only.

    WEEKDAY MORNING PROGRAM

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

    On Friday mornings also at 7am we offer a slightly different program.

    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.

    • Thursday, October 06, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, December 28, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 63 sessions
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom

    THURSDAY EVENING PROGRAM

    This is our central weekly practice and community meeting. The usual pattern is:

    • 1st Thursday of the month: Precepts Ceremony.
    • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays of the month: Regular Schedule (see below).
    • If there's a 5th Thursday of the month: Member Appreciation & Sangha Conversation. 
    The Winter Practice Period Schedule from mid January to early March each year, and our annual sesshin (usually in July) have their own Thursday evening schedules.

    Location: In-person at BUF and online via Zoom - see our Zendo page for details.

    Dokusan will be available in both places - an announcement will be made at the beginning of the program on how to request a session.

    Orientation: If you're new to Zen or our community, we're happy to give you an orientation to the program (when and how to do what). Just email orientation@redcedarzen.org. It's also perfectly fine to just show up, pick someone, and do what they do. 

    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

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

    • Friday, October 07, 2022
    • (PDT)
    • Friday, December 29, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 64 sessions
    • Online on Zoom Only.

    FRIDAY MORNING PROGRAM

    Fridays 7am - 7:30am a simpler morning sit: zazen, optionally followed by chanting the Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo.

    We also offer zazen practice with a service Mondays - Thursdays also at 7am. See more about Weekday Morning Practice at Red Cedar.



    • Tuesday, January 03, 2023
    • Tuesday, December 26, 2023
    • 52 sessions
    • Virtual Zendo online via Zoom

    Reading Dogen

    The Red Cedar Zen Community is continuing the weekly "Reading Dogen" study group.

    The event is  hosted on zoom by Sangha teacher and Tanto (head of practice) Shudo Chris Burkhart.

    For an hour we will read Dogen and discuss whatever comes up for us.

    We are using "Master Dogen's Shobogenzo" translated by Gudo Nishijima & Chodo Cross as the main translation, with support from "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo," edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

    There is no need to commit to the series, dropping in is fine. 

    For questions or a copy of the fascicle we are reading at the time, please contact Shudo Chris at shudochris@redcedarzen.org .

    Location: We are meeting online in our Virtual Zendo - please visit the Our Zendo page for connection information.

    Registration: There is no fee for this class but please register so we can send you updates.

    • Monday, January 23, 2023
    • (PST)
    • Monday, February 27, 2023
    • (PST)
    • 7 sessions
    • Classes: Online. (Workshop only: In Person at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship)
    Register

    The Heart of Buddha's Teaching

    Please join Shuso Ikushun Desiree Webster as she guides us on a study of several of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha through the clear guidance and deep understanding of Thich Nhat Hanh and others. The classes will include a bit of flavor from the Plum Village Tradition including a few songs and gathas.

    She will also offer some creative tools for exploring our practice including some “journal play” at our February 4th workshop (not for “artists” only!).

    Required Text: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh (either edition).

    Schedule: Six Monday evenings January 23rd - February 27th from 7-8:30 pm plus a workshop Saturday on February 4th 10am-noon with potluck lunch to follow.

    We encourage you to make a commitment to attend all or at least most classes so we can develop community around our dharma study

    Schedule Details 

    Note the schedule may vary organically depending on how discussions go. Evening classes are all on Zoom only, the Saturday Workshop is in person only.

    • January 23rd: Introduction and the four noble truths part 1 - read chapters 1-4
    • January 30th: The four noble truths part 2, a deeper look at suffering/well-being - read chapters 5-8
    • February 4th: Workshop. Note, meets IN PERSON Saturday 10-noon with potluck lunch to follow
    • February 6th: The Noble Eightfold Path part 1 - read chapters 9-16
    • February 13th: The Noble Eightfold Path part 1 - continues
    • February 20th: The Two Truths, The Three Dharma Seals (also called The Three Marks of Existence), and The Three Doors of Liberation 
      - read chapters 17-19
    • February 27th: The Two Truths, The Three Dharma Seals (also called The Three Marks of Existence), and The Three Doors of Liberation - continues

    Resources

    You'll find resources related to the class on the overall Practice Period Page (scroll down, right hand side).

    Location. Note: All evening classes will be in our virtual zendo only, while the Saturday workshop will be in person only. For directions/instructions for each, see the Our Zendo page. When attending the in person workshop, please adhere to our Covid Safety Guidelines.

    Registration: Registration is required. The fees help us cover the costs of administering this class - thank you for your support.

    Register Now

     Return to Practice Period Overview

    • Sunday, March 05, 2023
    • (PST)
    • Sunday, March 26, 2023
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Our "Virtual Zendo" on Zoom
    Register

    Introduction to Zen Meditation

    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 Teacher Shudo Edie Norton and Assistant Teacher Raizelah Bayen.

    Schedule: All four Sundays in March, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 from 4-5:30pm. We ask participants to make a commitment to attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions.  

    Location: All classes will be in our Virtual Zendo. For instructions visit the Our Zendo page of the website.

    Registration: Registration is required. The fees help us cover the costs of administering this class - thank you for your support.


    Register Now

    Return to Practice Period Overview

    • Thursday, March 09, 2023
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • Saturday, March 11, 2023
    • 4:00 PM (PST)
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, and Online on Zoom
    Register

    2023 Practice Period Closing Sesshin

    This sesshin with Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett, Visiting Teacher Ryushin Andrea Thach and Shuso Ikushun Desiree Webster ends the main thread of the 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 which starts at 2pm. All in the practice period are warmly invited to this ceremony whether attending the sesshin or not.

    Schedule: Thursday March 9th 7-9pm, Friday March 10th 7am - 9pm, Saturday March 11th 7am - 4pm.

    Attendance: If you can’t attend full time in person, you may register for half-time participation. This covers Thursday evening and either Friday or Saturday. Either way, we ask that if you come in person, you come for the full day.

    Zoom participants may be more flexibile in their attendance as needed.

    Covid Safety:  Please read this page for the current guidelines. 

    Dharma Talks: you may come to the retreat’s Dharma Talks even if you aren’t attending the retreat – if you come in person, just arrive a few minutes early and enter during the walking meditation:

    Thursday 8:10pm Nomon Tim Burnett

    Friday 10:40am Ryushin Andrea Thach

    Saturday 10:40am Ikushun Desiree Webster

    All Practice Period participants are warmly invited to attend the Shuso’s Dharma Inquiry Ceremony on Saturday at 2pm. If you are attending in person please arrive about 10 minutes and enter during kinhin (walking meditation).

    Food: All meals will be provided both Friday and Saturday. It will be buffet style.

    Location: You may attend either in person or via our virtual zendo - for directions/instructions visit the Our Zendo page of the website.

    Registration: Registration is required - with full time, part time and Zoom only options available for members and non-members.

    The registration fees cover our costs for this event: food, space rental and administration. Thank you for supporting this offering.

    Register Now

    Back to Practice Period Overview

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • Saturday, October 07, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The Red Cedar Zen Community is offering a monthly study group focused on the Zen Precepts. The group will be led by Seiu Hannah Sullivan and Joden Bob Rose with support from Nomon Tim Burnett.

    This class is for all Red Cedar Zen Members and non-members interested in precepts studies. Students should have the intention to attend all 7 evening meetings and the half-day retreat. Students moving towards Jukai are expected to attend all sessions plus the Jukai Retreat on November 4th.

    (Note: If you are interested in receiving Jukai this year, please see the Going Further page on the website and speak with a teacher for information on the process.)

    Note that this course is completely online via Zoom.

    Meetings

    Each group meeting will include discussion, experiential exercises, and reflection in small groups on what these precepts mean for us as human beings and students of Zen and in reflection of the teachers' comments.

    A second monthly meeting is self-organized by smaller study groups to discuss the readings and further reflect on how the precepts show up in their lives. Responses can be written, artistic, or verbal.

    The study group concludes with a half-day retreat in early October. For students moving toward Jukai, a Jukai retreat (open to their family and friends) will be held on November 4th.

    Texts Used

    Being Upright by Reb Anderson, 

    Waking Up to What you Do by Diane Rizzetto

    Mind of Clover by Robert Aitken.

    Schedule

    Wednesday evening meetings plus a Saturday half-day retreat.

    3/29 - 7:00-8:30 pm About the precepts, taking refuge
    4/26 - 7:00-8:30 pm Pure precepts
    5/31 - 7:00-8:30 pm Precepts 1 & 9
    6/21 - 7:00-8:30 pm Precepts 2 & 3
    7/26 - 7:00-8:30 pm Precepts 4 & 5
    8/30 - 7:00-8:30 pm Precepts 6 & 7
    9/27 - 7:00-8:30 pm Precepts 8 & 10
    10/7   9 am - 1 pm  Half-day retreat 

    Teachers

    Seiu Hannah Sullivan was shuso, head student, in 2022 and led our sangha in the study of the Diamond Sutra. She is current the Secretary on our Board of Directors. Hannah is a student of Sokaku Kathie Fischer.

    Joden Bob Rose was shuso, head student, in 2021 when he led the sangha in an exploration of the Song of the Grass Hut. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors and our main Tenzo (head cook) at retreats.

    • Saturday, April 29, 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham and Online on Zoom
    Register

    One Day Sits are an opportunity for sustained quiet practice together in sangha and a great way to learn about several aspects of formal Zen practice.

    The day begins early, as is traditional in Zen training, and includes several periods of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), the morning service ritual, a Dharma talk, opportunity for a private interview with the teacher (dokusan), and a question and answer time that’s especially helpful for newer sitters and useful to all of us as we explore how our approach to practice is to find freedom from striving and clinging though the teachings on "no gaining idea."

    Note that our One Day Sits are bit less formal and rigorous than our Zen Sesshin. One Day Sits include more instruction and the opportunity for quiet social connection during the meal breaks. 

    We hope you’ll join the sangha in a quiet day of sitting at our adopted home for a steady relaxed day of zazen practice. The day of practice is also available online via Zoom.

    In-person and Zoom attendance information is available HERE.

    The One Day Sit schedule runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm with a vegetarian breakfast and lunch provided. The full schedule is available here.

    Registration: Registration is required. If you are attending in-person, for the safety of everyone you'll need to follow our COVID protocols.

    Costs: There is a nominal charge to cover our organizational, rental and food costs. As usual, teachers are not compensated for their time - if you are so moved, you can express appreciation by making a donation (dana) here or in the hall.

    Teachers to be announced from our teaching team will offer a Dharma Talk, opportunity for private practice discussion, and a Question and Answer session about Zen practice.


     Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett
      Head of Practice Shudo Chris Burkhart
     Lay Teacher Seishu John Wiley
       Lay Teacher Heigaku Talus Latona

    • Saturday, May 27, 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham and Online on Zoom
    Register

    One Day Sits are an opportunity for sustained quiet practice together in sangha and a great way to learn about several aspects of formal Zen practice.

    The day begins early, as is traditional in Zen training, and includes several periods of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), the morning service ritual, a Dharma talk, opportunity for a private interview with the teacher (dokusan), and a question and answer time that’s especially helpful for newer sitters and useful to all of us as we explore how our approach to practice is to find freedom from striving and clinging though the teachings on "no gaining idea."

    Note that our One Day Sits are bit less formal and rigorous than our Zen Sesshin. One Day Sits include more instruction and the opportunity for quiet social connection during the meal breaks. 

    We hope you’ll join the sangha in a quiet day of sitting at our adopted home for a steady relaxed day of zazen practice. The day of practice is also available online via Zoom.

    In-person and Zoom attendance information is available HERE.

    The One Day Sit schedule runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm with a vegetarian breakfast and lunch provided. The full schedule is available here.

    Registration: Registration is required. If you are attending in-person, for the safety of everyone you'll need to follow our COVID protocols.

    Costs: There is a nominal charge to cover our organizational, rental and food costs. As usual, teachers are not compensated for their time - if you are so moved, you can express appreciation by making a donation (dana) here or in the hall.

    Teachers to be announced from our teaching team will offer a Dharma Talk, opportunity for private practice discussion, and a Question and Answer session about Zen practice.


     Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett
      Head of Practice Shudo Chris Burkhart
     Lay Teacher Seishu John Wiley
       Lay Teacher Heigaku Talus Latona

    • Friday, June 23, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Saturday, July 01, 2023
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232

    Save the dates for next years sesshin:
    June 23 - July 1, 2023

    Registration will be open early in the year.

    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. A deep time for practice and reflection with the support of sangha and teachers.

    Many photos of Samish are available on our Photos page.

    The following information is from our 2022 retreat to give you an idea of what will happen and what's available - this page will be updated in early 2023. 

    To keep current on this and all our events, please join our email list!

    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, 8-night, 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 by attending the full retreat or the 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.

    Samish Island Campground

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

    11565 Scott Rd, Bow, WA 98232
    Map and Directions

    • Saturday, July 29, 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham and Online on Zoom
    Register

    One Day Sits are an opportunity for sustained quiet practice together in sangha and a great way to learn about several aspects of formal Zen practice.

    The day begins early, as is traditional in Zen training, and includes several periods of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), the morning service ritual, a Dharma talk, opportunity for a private interview with the teacher (dokusan), and a question and answer time that’s especially helpful for newer sitters and useful to all of us as we explore how our approach to practice is to find freedom from striving and clinging though the teachings on "no gaining idea."

    Note that our One Day Sits are bit less formal and rigorous than our Zen Sesshin. One Day Sits include more instruction and the opportunity for quiet social connection during the meal breaks. 

    We hope you’ll join the sangha in a quiet day of sitting at our adopted home for a steady relaxed day of zazen practice. The day of practice is also available online via Zoom.

    In-person and Zoom attendance information is available HERE.

    The One Day Sit schedule runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm with a vegetarian breakfast and lunch provided. The full schedule is available here.

    Registration: Registration is required. If you are attending in-person, for the safety of everyone you'll need to follow our COVID protocols.

    Costs: There is a nominal charge to cover our organizational, rental and food costs. As usual, teachers are not compensated for their time - if you are so moved, you can express appreciation by making a donation (dana) here or in the hall.

    Teachers to be announced from our teaching team will offer a Dharma Talk, opportunity for private practice discussion, and a Question and Answer session about Zen practice.


     Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett
      Head of Practice Shudo Chris Burkhart
     Lay Teacher Seishu John Wiley
       Lay Teacher Heigaku Talus Latona

    • Saturday, August 26, 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham and Online on Zoom
    Register

    One Day Sits are an opportunity for sustained quiet practice together in sangha and a great way to learn about several aspects of formal Zen practice.

    The day begins early, as is traditional in Zen training, and includes several periods of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), the morning service ritual, a Dharma talk, opportunity for a private interview with the teacher (dokusan), and a question and answer time that’s especially helpful for newer sitters and useful to all of us as we explore how our approach to practice is to find freedom from striving and clinging though the teachings on "no gaining idea."

    Note that our One Day Sits are bit less formal and rigorous than our Zen Sesshin. One Day Sits include more instruction and the opportunity for quiet social connection during the meal breaks. 

    We hope you’ll join the sangha in a quiet day of sitting at our adopted home for a steady relaxed day of zazen practice. The day of practice is also available online via Zoom.

    In-person and Zoom attendance information is available HERE.

    The One Day Sit schedule runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm with a vegetarian breakfast and lunch provided. The full schedule is available here.

    Registration: Registration is required. If you are attending in-person, for the safety of everyone you'll need to follow our COVID protocols.

    Costs: There is a nominal charge to cover our organizational, rental and food costs. As usual, teachers are not compensated for their time - if you are so moved, you can express appreciation by making a donation (dana) here or in the hall.

    Teachers to be announced from our teaching team will offer a Dharma Talk, opportunity for private practice discussion, and a Question and Answer session about Zen practice.


     Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett
      Head of Practice Shudo Chris Burkhart
     Lay Teacher Seishu John Wiley
       Lay Teacher Heigaku Talus Latona

    • Saturday, September 23, 2023
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham and Online on Zoom
    Register

    One Day Sits are an opportunity for sustained quiet practice together in sangha and a great way to learn about several aspects of formal Zen practice.

    The day begins early, as is traditional in Zen training, and includes several periods of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), the morning service ritual, a Dharma talk, opportunity for a private interview with the teacher (dokusan), and a question and answer time that’s especially helpful for newer sitters and useful to all of us as we explore how our approach to practice is to find freedom from striving and clinging though the teachings on "no gaining idea."

    Note that our One Day Sits are bit less formal and rigorous than our Zen Sesshin. One Day Sits include more instruction and the opportunity for quiet social connection during the meal breaks. 

    We hope you’ll join the sangha in a quiet day of sitting at our adopted home for a steady relaxed day of zazen practice. The day of practice is also available online via Zoom.

    In-person and Zoom attendance information is available HERE.

    The One Day Sit schedule runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm with a vegetarian breakfast and lunch provided. The full schedule is available here.

    Registration: Registration is required. If you are attending in-person, for the safety of everyone you'll need to follow our COVID protocols.

    Costs: There is a nominal charge to cover our organizational, rental and food costs. As usual, teachers are not compensated for their time - if you are so moved, you can express appreciation by making a donation (dana) here or in the hall.

    Teachers to be announced from our teaching team will offer a Dharma Talk, opportunity for private practice discussion, and a Question and Answer session about Zen practice.


     Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett
      Head of Practice Shudo Chris Burkhart
     Lay Teacher Seishu John Wiley
       Lay Teacher Heigaku Talus Latona

    • Friday, June 14, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Saturday, June 22, 2024
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232

    Save the dates for the 2024 sesshin:
    June 14 - June 22, 2024

    Registration will be open early in the year.

    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. A deep time for practice and reflection with the support of sangha and teachers.

    Many photos of Samish are available on our Photos page.

    The following information is from our 2022 retreat to give you an idea of what will happen and what's available - this page will be updated in early 2023. 

    To keep current on this and all our events, please join our email list!

    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, 8-night, 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 by attending the full retreat or the 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.

    Samish Island Campground

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

    11565 Scott Rd, Bow, WA 98232
    Map and Directions

Past events

Thursday, January 12, 2023 2023 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Zendo Open House (& Garden Work Party)
Thursday, December 01, 2022 Rohatsu sesshin - Celebrate Buddha's Enlightenment
Saturday, November 05, 2022 Jukai Sesshin and Ceremony
Friday, October 21, 2022 Sangha Arts Night
Saturday, October 15, 2022 Closing the Mountains/Returning Waters Ceremony
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 What is Zen? - A Study Group for New and Old Beginners
Saturday, October 01, 2022 Heart Lake Circumambulation/Heart Sutra
Sunday, September 25, 2022 Journey to the Source/Exchanging Water Ritual - hike to Nooksack Cirque
Saturday, September 24, 2022 One Day Sit: No Gaining Idea
Saturday, September 10, 2022 CANCELLED Sauk Mountain Full Moonrise Hike
Saturday, September 03, 2022 Opening to Nature Walk: Lake Padden
Saturday, August 27, 2022 One Day Sit: Opening to Joy
Monday, August 22, 2022 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
Sunday, August 21, 2022 New Zendo Open House
Saturday, August 06, 2022 Opening To Nature Walk: Old Growth Ceremony
Sunday, July 31, 2022 Sacred Earth Fair
Saturday, July 30, 2022 One Day Sit: Beginner's Mind
Saturday, July 09, 2022 Opening the Mountains Hike - Excelsior Divide
Saturday, July 02, 2022 Opening to Nature Walk: 100 Acre Wood
Sunday, June 26, 2022 Ordination Ceremony for Daikan John Green
Monday, June 20, 2022 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2022
Sunday, June 19, 2022 Samish Island Sesshin 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022 Moving Our Portable Dharma Hall to Samish
Thursday, June 09, 2022 Summer Study Series: Vasubandhu & Yogacara
Saturday, June 04, 2022 Opening to Nature Walk: Stimpson Family Nature Reserve
Saturday, May 28, 2022 One Day Sit
Saturday, May 21, 2022 Work Party - Moving Sangha Storage
Saturday, May 07, 2022 CANCELED: Opening to Nature Walk: Tennant Lake
Saturday, April 23, 2022 Re-Newing Retreat, a One Day Sit
Saturday, April 09, 2022 Mt. Erie Circumambulation
Monday, March 28, 2022 Reading Dogen (weekly on Monday)
Saturday, March 26, 2022 Hills and Streams Hike/Receiving Water Ritual
Thursday, March 10, 2022 Practice Period Closing Circle
Saturday, March 05, 2022 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
Thursday, March 03, 2022 Public Dharma Talks: Nomon Tim Burnett, Sokaku Kathie Fischer, Seiu Hannah Sullivan
Thursday, March 03, 2022 Practice Period Closing Sesshin
Saturday, February 05, 2022 Mid-Practice Period Check-in
Thursday, January 20, 2022 Exploring the Diamond Sutra - Shuso’s Practice Period Class
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 Introduction to Zen Meditation
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 CANCELLED: Hidden Mountain Zendo Meditation Morning: March
Sunday, March 25, 2018 Hills and Streams Hike (Lost Lake Falls)
Sunday, March 18, 2018 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
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
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
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
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
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Spirit Settling Ceremony
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
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
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
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 19, 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
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
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
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
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 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 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
Sunday, July 17, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Opening the Mountains Hike
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
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
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
Sunday, January 17, 2016 Sunday Simple Sit
Saturday, January 02, 2016 Sangha Work Day
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
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
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 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
Sunday, April 05, 2015 Circumambulation of Mount Erie
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 Buddha's Birthday
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