Special events, retreats, and classes in addition to our weekly practice on Wednesday evening, Friday at noon, and Saturday morning. See the Weekly Schedule for more information about our weekly Zen meditation meetings.

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • Thursday, December 16, 2021
    • 7 sessions
    • Virtual Zendo online via Zoom
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    May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
    A guide for those who journey on the road.
    For those who wish to cross the water,
    May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

    May I be an isle for those who yearn for land,
    A lamp for those who long for light;
    For all who need a resting place, a bed;
    For those who need a servant, may I be their slave.

    We are starting a new reading group! Please come and join us in reading Shantideva's "Way of the Bodhisattva." We'll meet on Zoom at 7:00 pm on Thursday evenings. This is a reading/dharma conversation group hosted by Sangha teacher and Tanto (head of practice) Shudo Chris Burkhart. 

    Together we will dig through the writings of Shantideva  who was a sage, monk, and a bit of a trouble maker in the 8th century at Nalanda, the great Buddhist monastery. For an hour we will read and discuss whatever comes up for us. There are no reading assignments and there is no need to commit to the series, dropping in is fine. 

    We will be using the translation from the Padmakara Translation Group. If you wish to go deeper, Ani Pema Chodron wrote the accessible & very worthwhile commentary "No Time to Lose." There are several other commentaries available & all input is welcome.

    For questions, Zoom link or password, please contact Shudo Chris at shudochris@redcedarzen.org . There is no fee for the class; however, it helps us if you do register. So... Please register

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    We will be using 

    The Way of the Bodhisattva

    By Shantideva
    Translated by Padmakara Translation Group
    Foreword by H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

     https://www.shambhala.com/the-way-of-the-bodhisattva-1660.html

    • Monday, July 05, 2021
    • Monday, December 06, 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Virtual Zendo online via Zoom
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    The Red Cedar Zen Community is continuing the weekly "Reading Dogen" study group (using the Tanahashi translation of the Shobo Genzo). Currently we are reading the fascicle Uji. 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 "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo," edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi as the main translation. There is no need to commit to the series, dropping in is fine. 

    For questions, a copy of the fascicle we are reading at the time, Zoom link or password, please contact Shudo Chris at shudochris@redcedarzen.org . Please register! 

    • Sunday, October 03, 2021
    • Sunday, December 26, 2021
    • 13 sessions
    • Online in our Virtual Zoom Zendo
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    Weekly Sunday Morning Program - 10am to Noon - will resume October 3

    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! 

    We return from our summer break on Sunday October 3rd with a talk by Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett.

    October speakers:

    • Sunday October 3rd - Nomon Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher at Red Cedar - “Suzuki Roshi’s Way”
    • Sunday October 10th - Shudo Chris Burkhart, Head of Practice at Red Cedar 
    • Sunday October 17th - Karen DeCotis, Guiding Teacher of the Bozeman Zen Group
    • Sunday October 24th - Chikyo Ewan Magee, Ordained Priest at Praire Mountain Zen Center - “Our Zen Ancestors"

    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!

    • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT()
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall to trailhead at Samish Overlook
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     A five mile day hike to close the mountains to practice.

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

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the last ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests putting the mountain to rest, will be a 5 mile round trip with about a 1,000’ elevation gain. On the dome we will perform a ritual combining water from the three headwater branches of the Nooksack River. At the end of the hike we will carpool down to Larabee Beach for our seasons final ritual, returning water to the Salish Sea.

    Meet at the Bellingham Food Coop on Forest St. for carpooling at 9am. Those coming from Skagit can meet us at the trailhead on Chuckanut Drive at 9:30 (please indicate in the RSVP registration where you will meet us).

    Dress appropriately for the weather, with good footwear for the trail.  Bring a sack lunch and at least two liters of water. We will eat lunch on top of the dome.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. If you choose to offer dana (details on Dana Paramita here) please visit our Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.
     

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Larrabee State Park beach
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    Each year Red Cedar Zen Community accepts a vial of Salish Sea water in the Spring at Larrabee Beach in our Receiving Water ceremony. This water is then carried throughout our ritual hiking season. 

    In July it is divided into three vials on Skyline Divide in our Dividing Water ceremony during our Opening of the Mountains Hike. Throughout the summer we hike into the upper high reaches of the three tributary watersheds of our river; the North, Middle, and South branches of the Nooksack River. There the water in each vial is exchanged with pure mountain runoff in our Exchanging Water ceremonies.

    Then in October the three vials of mountain water are combined again atop Oyster Dome during our Closing of the Mountains hike in our Combining Water ceremony. Then it is brought to Larrabee Beach for the final ritual of our hiking season, the Returning Water ceremony.

    In this way each year we carry water, and follow the way of water, as water flows up to the mountains and back to sea, giving life to all beings of our home, and to the great Earth. Dogen Zenji, the founder of our Soto way, has written in the Mountains and Waters Sutra - "When water solidifies, it is harder than a diamond. Who can crack it? When water melts, it is softer than milk. Who destroy it?...When you investigate the flowing and not-flowing of a handful of water, thorough experience of all things is immediately actualized."

    Please join us at Larrabee Beach to actualize our commitment to our practice in this place, as we return this "handful of water" to the sea. 

    We will meet at the parking lot near the band shell at Larrabee Park at 3pm.  The hike group from Oyster Dome will be arriving approximately at that time, but their arrival time may vary. So the ceremony group will await their arrival before heading down to the beach. Going to the beach is a short walk of a quarter mile, but involves going down some long flights of steps.

    Some participants may choose to carpool from the Forest St. Community Food Coop. Please indicate on the registration form which way you will be arriving.

    • Saturday, November 06, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT()
    • Online and Bellingham Shambhala Center, 2825 Meridian St #201, Bellingham, WA 98225
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    Join us for our first in person retreat in two years culminating in a Lay Entrustment ceremony for Heigaku Talus Latona

    Hybrid Event: You may register to be present in person or on Zoom for either the full day or joining us at 3pm for the ceremony.

    Join the community for an in person/online hybrid Zen sesshin (formal retreat) culminating with a Lay Entrustment Ceremony for Heigaku Talus Latona at 3pm. 

    Guiding Teacher Nomon Tim Burnett will give a Dharma talk on the precepts and the meaning of Lay Entrustment.

    Donations to the teacher are invited.

    7 am - 3 pm  Sesshin silent meditation retreat with a breaks for lunch and breakfast. Please bring food and/or plan on going to Haggen across the street. The full schedule is available here.

    3 pm Lay Entrustment Ceremony Please join us in this celebration of Talus’s long practice and service to the community.

    Registration is required for the sesshin (7am-5pm) or the ceremony (3pm-5pm). Your registration also indicates whether you will attend in person at Bellingham Shambhala Center or online via our Zoom Zendo. 

    REGISTER

    Red Cedar In-Person Event Covid Protocols:

    • You must be fully vaccinated to attend Red Cedar Zen Community events in person.
    • On arrival you will be asked to assert your vaccination and give contact information in the event that contact tracing is needed.
    • Whenever inside, except briefly for eating and drinking, you must wear a mask.
    • Remain social distanced as much as the facilities and circumstances allow.
    • Thursday, December 02, 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • Sunday, December 05, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • Samish Island Campground and Retreat Centre
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    Please save the date for our annual sit and celebration of Buddha's Enlightenment.

    We hope to be in person, and in residence, at Samish Island Retreat Centre. This depends on Covid case numbers.

    If unable to be at Samish we will pivot to online or a hybrid with some of us at an in-town Bellingham site and other online.

    For now, please save the date. To receive direct updates about this event please use the “RSVP - Keep me informed” registration option.

    SCHEDULE
    Tuesday Evening - Sunday Morning

    DANA AND FEES

    Fees are to be determined.

    The sliding scale registration fee for this event goes to Red Cedar Zen to help with our operating expenses during this challenging time.

    Scholarships are always available on request.

    Dana (donations) may be made directly to the teachers here in our Membership & Giving section. 

    REGISTER NOW


    • 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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    We expect our annual sesshin to return to in-person at Samish Island Campground in 2022. Please save the date. Registration will start in early 2022. 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

    • January 22 -  Registration opens to Red Cedar Zen members
    • February 5 - Registration open to all.
    • 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

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
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
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
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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