Below find upcoming events, retreats, and classes in addition to our  Weekly Practice Schedule:
Reading Dogen on Monday evenings, Zen Alive! on Sunday mornings, Weekday Morning Practice, Thursday Evening Practice and Saturday Morning Practice.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, July 09, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Carpool from the Food Coop or Nugent's Corner
    Register

    A full day hike to open the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike ascending Excelsior Divide - our first mindful foray of the season into the high mountains to perform our Opening the Mountains ritual for our hiking season. This hike is inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the first ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests waking up the mountain deities. We will perform a ceremony to wake up the mountain energies for the year, and to divide our ritual Salish Sea water into separate vials for the remainder of our seasonal rituals.

    We hike this year up to Excelsior Divide because access to our traditional hike, Skyline Divide, is blocked from a road wash out. Also, the late season snow this year will restrict our early access above a certain elevation.

    The hike is steeper than the Skyline hike. Departing from the trailhead right at Mount Baker Highway, it switch-backs up the ridge quickly. We plan to ascend to about the 3,900' level, where we will be looking find a hanging meadow on Excelsior's south facing slope. This slope will certainly be melted out, and we may even be able to gain elevation on this side of the ridge which we would not be able to achieve elsewhere. The 3,900' level is at about 2-1/2 miles with 2,100' of elevation gain, giving us a five mile up-and -down round trip.

    Because of the south-facing aspect we expect this trial to be snow free at this time, despite the late snow season. Bringing a light pair of gaiters might be advised for mud or snow in the tree covered shadows. Dress for the trail and the weather, bring two liters of water, trail snacks, and a lunch.

    An early start is essential to complete this hike in good time.

    Meeting: You can join the caravan (and carpool) by meeting at Bellingham Food Coop at 8:30am, or at the grocery store at Nugent's Corner at 9:00am. However you travel, we will ALL meet up at Nugent's Corner and travel together from there.

    Carpooling is highly recommended! Parking is limited. Per our Covid policy, those carpooling must be fully vaccinated and wear an N95 mask while in the vehicles

    Registration: Please register so we have an idea of how many are coming, and who is carpooling (needing a ride or offering a ride).

    Costs: In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing the registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    • Saturday, July 30, 2022
    • 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 renew our beginner's mind.

    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:

    Dharma Talk and dokusan with Nomon Tim Burnett. 





    Zendo guidance and Q&A with Shudo Chris Burkhart.

    • Sunday, July 31, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street, Bellingham

    Joining Together for A Greener World

    The first annual Sacred Earth Fair takes place July 31st, 2022 at the Center for Spiritual Living and will include activities, special guests and informational booths, all focused on how we can come together to honor and protect our precious planet.

    The fair is offered by the Multifaith Network for Climate Justice (of which RCZC is a member), and co-sponsored by Earth Ministry of Washington, and Interfaith Power & Light. The emphasis of the fair is to encourage everyone to view ourselves as allies of the earth, and to view faith traditions as having an important contribution to make, at this important juncture of climate crisis.

    Red Cedar's Wilderness Dharma Program will be hosting an information table on our programs, and we will offer short mindfulness nature walks through the beautiful mature forest surrounding the center at several times during the afternoon. 

    No registration is needed.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    Event details

    More information will be forthcoming, but you can download the current flyer here.

    Special Guests and Performances (so far):

    Swil Kanin - Violist extraordinaire and Lummi Tribal member

    Tammy Cooper-woodrich and Angela Letoi - Nooksack Elder and Storyteller, with her daughter and understudy.

    Salmon People Video - From Children of the Setting Sun Productions

    Activities

    Yoga, Zen nature walks, children's art projects, listening circles, eco-gifts.


    • Saturday, August 06, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Carpool from the Food Coop or Nugent's Corner
    Register

     

    An easy stroll into the deep primeval woods of our region. Mediation, ritual, contemplation and community. NEW: we'll stop at Nooksack Falls, please bring sack lunch.

    Join the sangha for a Zen experience in the Old Growth forest remnant off of Mount Baker Highway. This spot is the home to the oldest living beings of our local area.  We make this visit annually to connect with the wisdom and peace of the grove. After our easy walk, meditation and ritual in the Old Growth grove, we'll stop at Nooksack Falls with a sack lunch at the largest waterfall in our watershed. We'll return to Bellingham by about 3:30pm. 

    Carpooling/Vaccination: Parking is limited to 2 or 3 spots so carpooling is mandatory. Therefore, registrants must be fully vaccinated, and N95 masks must be worn inside the vehicles.

    You can join a carpool either at the downtown Bellingham Food Coop at 9:30am, or at the grocery store in Nugent's Corner at 10:00am. 

    To come on this hike please RSVP by clicking the "Register" button to the left. Choose a registration option that lets us know where you'll meet us.

    Costs:In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing your registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

     

    • Monday, August 22, 2022
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Friday, August 26, 2022
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham and Mount Baker Wilderness
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    A backpack for backcountry Zen practice and the Exchanging Water Ritual

    Inspired by Eihei Dogen's 1240AD text the Mountains and Rivers Sutra (Sansuikyo), this retreat includes four days and three nights of silent backpacking through a beautiful old growth hemlock forest to a seldom-visited base camp at Mazama Park, just south of Mount Baker at the foot of Park Butte. Our days will be interspersed with some social and free time. Activities include traditional Zen practice, a short solo exercise, and opportunities for day hiking. The retreat is appropriate for new meditators and beginning backpackers.

    The retreat begins at Hawk Meadow Farm with a day of meditation, preparation, and nature awareness activities.  The ritual form of the backpack is a pilgrimage to our home mountain, "sutra mapping" the Sansuikyo on the upper watersheds of the South and Middle Forks of the Nooksack River.

    Led by Reizan Bob Penny & Nomon Tim Burnett - see our Practice Leaders page for more about them.

    COVID Safety

    Since we will be sitting indoors together, all participants must be fully vaccinated (original shot(s) plus at least one booster). Participants will have to email a copy of their vaccination record to wilderness@redcedarzen.org at least two weeks before we depart (i.e. by August 8th). In addition, masks must be worn while we are indoors.

    Schedule:

    Arrive at 10am on Monday to settle in for an initial overnight camping on the farm. We’ll spend this opening afternoon shifting gears with nature awareness practices, packing up the group gear, and end with an evening of Zen practice.

    On Tuesday morning we’ll open the day with meditation, then drive to the trailhead and hike in to our backcountry zendo at Mazama Meadows just below Mount Baker. We hike in silence with regular stops to chant the Sansuikyo.

    Wednesday and Thursday will be spend on a mix of formal Zen practice, day hiking, and relaxed camp life.

    On Friday we’ll hike back out from the backcountry returning to Hawk Meadow Farm to close the program by about 7pm.

    Hike Difficulty:
    This is a moderately challenging backpack. The hike in is 7 miles long and gains 2600 feet. The hike out, depending on route, is somewhat longer. 

    Pre-hike interview required:    A telephone interview with Bob to assess questions around hiking gear and fitness is required before registration is completed.

    Costs:
    In the spirit of generosity, we offer this hike at our hard cost of $140. We do incur administrative costs (about $30 per person) for an event like this and you can opt to cover this cost and make a donation to the overall health of the sangh  by choosing the appropriate registration type.

    In addition, we have one below-cost scholarship spot open.

    In that same spirit of generosity, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page.

    DIRECTIONS TO HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham): Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    • Saturday, August 27, 2022
    • 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 practice opens us to deep and lasting joy.

    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:

    Dharma Talk and dokusan with Nomon Tim Burnett. 





    Zendo guidance and Q&A with Shudo Chris Burkhart.

    • Saturday, September 03, 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Cornwall Park, Bellingham
    Register

    A mindful twilight walk at Lake Padden

    Description: Please join us for this twilight program of mindful walking through the change between day and night around the heavily wooded shores of Lake Padden. Our Opening to Nature series explores the wide variety of connections we have with our world. Every day the drama of nightfall is recreated, and yet we rarely pause to notice the great transition of life at the margins of light. In our engagement with mindfulness as a place-based dharma practice we take deep notice of this world, and it's everyday miracles, and the fall of night is just one of these small celebrations that nature offers to us each day.

    This is an easy two and a half mile walk, with a slightly hilly portion, taken at a very contemplative pace, with several stops along the way to feel the unfolding of night, and hear the transition of diurnal sounds. We will gently invite the bell to ring once at each of our stops, to echo across the lake waters, allowing our music to blend with nature's sounds. If we are lucky we may hear the calling of owls, and call back, or hear the final stanzas of birds going to roost.

    We will meet at the main entrance parking lot to the park (towards the west end of the lake) where the bathrooms and swimming area are located, not far from the tennis courts.

    You will want to bring a headlamp in case we are faced with having lost the light completely. But we will attempt to not turn lights on, and let our eyes slowly adjust to the dark as we walk. Some water and a a little trail snack might be nice to have along as well.

    Registration: Please register so we have an idea of how many are coming.

    Costs: In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing the registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    • Saturday, September 10, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Carpool from Bellingham Food Co-op
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    Sauk Mountain Full Moonrise Hike

    Join us for a special early evening day hike to the summit of Sauk Mountain in the Cascade Foothills, where we will experience the high mountain spectacle of a nearly simultaneous sunset and full moonrise. Sauk Mountain was the fire lookout location where eventual Zen priest Phillip Whalen spent the summer of 1953.  The lookout building is long since gone. The same summer his friend Gary Snyder was lookout on Sourdough Mountain.  Later Whalen was also a lookout on Sourdough.  In his poem "Sourdough Mountain Lookout" Whalen wrote -

    "Then I'm alone in a glass house on a ridge

    Encircled by chiming mountains

    With one sun roaring through the house all day

    & the others crashing through the glass all night

    Conscious even while sleeping"

    On this hike we will attempt to capture some of the experience Whalen spoke of.  We will arrive on the summit just as the late summer sun is setting over the Skagit Valley and the Salish Sea, and then thirty minutes later view the full moon rise over the Picket Range off to the east while the mountains go down in sunset glow.

    The hike is a short, steep, climb of just two miles but with 1,200' of elevation gain (four miles round trip) topping out at 5,500'. It is a very popular hike and we are sure to not be alone on the summit on a full moonrise evening

    What to bring: Bring warm clothes and a wind breaker to put on for some summit-time hanging out as we will be staying at the summit for at least an hour, water, trail snacks and a meal to eat for dinner at the summit, and be sure to bring a headlamp for the hike back down.

    Carpooling/Vaccination: We need to carpool for this event, therefore, registrants must be fully vaccinated, and N95 masks must be worn inside the vehicles.

    We will meet at the Bellingham Food Coop at 4:00 pm to form carpools for the 1-1/2 hour drive to the trailhead. We will be expecting to get back to the Food Co-op by about 10:30 pm.

    Registration: Please register so we have an idea of how many are coming and who can drive for the carpools.

    Costs: In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing the registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    • Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • 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:

    Dharma Talk and dokusan with Nomon Tim Burnett. 





    Zendo guidance and Q&A with Shudo Chris Burkhart.

    • Sunday, September 25, 2022
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Carpool from the Downtown Food Coop or Nugent's Corner
    Register

     

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    An intensive long day hike to the source of the Nooksack River: Nooksack Cirque.
    This long and strenuous hike in and out of the the Upper North Fork drainage is largely off trail on rocky terrain. Plan on a full day, hiking at a good pace, and wearing hiking boots. At the Cirque we will perform the years final Exchanging Water ritual in the ice caves amid waterfalls, transferring water from the Salish Sea with mountain glacial water, which we annually perform at the headwaters of all three branches of the Nooksack,

    Carpooling/Vaccination: We will be carpooling for this event, so all registrants must be fully vaccinated, and N95 masks must be worn inside the vehicles.

    A very early start is essential to have sufficient daylight for this long day hike. Meet at the downtown Bellingham Food Coop for carpooling at 5:00am or at Nugent's Corner (grocery store) at 5:30am.  If you are new to this hike a telephone or email exchange with Bob to determine your fitness for the journey will be required to complete your registration.

    NOTE: In case of high water this hike may be cancelled

    Registration: Please register so we have an idea of how many are coming and if you can help with carpooling.

    Costs: In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing the registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher< page.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    • Saturday, October 01, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Heart Lake, near Mt. Erie
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    Please join Joden Bob Rose on a ritual circumambulation around Heart Lake, with ceremonies chanting the Heart Sutra. This new hike in our schedule will be an experience of "Sutra Mapping", extending the words of a sutra across an area of landscape.

    The Place: Heart Lake, a State Park managed by the City of Anacortes, is both heart-shaped and the heart of the 3,000-acre Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL). The Lake is surrounded by a forest identified as the most intact Douglas Fir/cedar/hemlock ecosystem remaining in the state at sea level. Joden Bob was a key player in getting this area protected.

    The Walk: We will walk in a clockwise direction, in silence, and stop at 6 points to ritually chant the Heart Sutra with mokugyo and incense, alternating between the English and Sino Japanese versions.

    This is an easy, mostly flat walk of less than 3 miles on a well-used trial with one incline toward the end. Wear good walking shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather, and bring water and snacks. There are outhouses at both the Mt. Erie parking lot and at the Heart Lake parking lot.

    Lunch: There will be a stop along the way for eating some trail snacks that you bring for yourself.  After hike, if participants choose, there will be an opportunity to have lunch together very nearby in Anacortes at an outdoor seating restaurant.

    Getting there:  You can drive yourself and meet us (arrive by 10am) at the trailhead (directions below), or you can carpool (meet at 9am) for this trip from the Community Food Coop on Forest Street. 

    Carpooling/Vaccination: To keep everybody safe, carpoolers must be fully vaccinated, and N95 masks must be worn inside the vehicles

    Registration: Please register so we have an idea of how many are coming, and to indicate if you need or can provide a carpool ride.

    Costs: In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing the registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page 

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    Directions to Mt. Erie, from Bellingham:

    • I-5 to Hwy 20
    • West on 20, over Swinomish Channel Bridge until roundabout for Whidbey Island (towards Oak Harbor).
    • TURN South on Hwy 20 towards Whidbey.
    • Road drops towards Campbell Lake (visible ahead).  Stay in right lane and turn right on Campbell Lake Road.
    • Drive Campbell Lake Road along base of Mount Erie.
    • Road will curve right at Lake Erie Grocery and becomes Heart Lake Road.
    • Drive Heart Lake road, past two prominent old growth fir, about a mile until signs for Mount Erie.
    • Veer right into parking area for Sugarloaf trailhead.
    COVID PRECAUTIONS:

    Hiking and ceremonies will be done at a social distance, and hikers are welcome to wear masks at any time. Only vaccinated participants are allowed.

    • Saturday, October 15, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Carpool from the Community Food Co-op or meet at trailhead
    Register

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

    This is actually two separate events - a hike and a shoreline ritual. You may do one, or both together.

    The Hike:

    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.

    Meeting up: You can meet us at the Chuckanut Oyster Dome Trailhead (just south of Oyster Creek) by 10am or opt to carpool from the Community Food Co-op in downtown Bellikngham at 9:30.

    Carpooling/Vaccination: To keep everybody safe, carpoolers must be fully vaccinated, and N95 masks must be worn inside the vehicles. 

    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.

    Returning Water Ceremony:

    This ritual completes our Wilderness Dharma ritual hiking season and all are encouraged to attend to offer the water we have carried through out the season back to the Salish Sea. You may attend this ritual even if you did not do the hike.

    We will meet at approximately 3pm at the band shell area at Larrabee State Park. Take the main entrance and head south to the band shell and beach access parking area. The exact time for the ritual depends upon the arrival of the hike group coming from Oyster Dome. Getting to the beach involves going down two long flights of steps, but is only a few hundred yards away. The whole experience will take about an hour.

    Registration: Please register so we have an idea of how many are coming, and if can offer / need a carpool ride.

    Costs: In the spirit of generosity, we offer this event free of charge so that all who wish may attend. We also invite generosity on the part of participants (who are able) by making a donation to Red Cedar Zen Community to cover our organizational expenses in making this event possible. You can do so while completing the registration form.

    In that same spirit, the teachers/leaders are freely giving their time in organizing and leading this event. If you feel moved to, you may express your gratitude with a donation to the teacher/leader on the Donate to a Teacher page.

    More information: Please contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org with questions and see our Wilderness Dharma Program webpage for an overview of this program.

    • Saturday, November 05, 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship + Online
    Register

    The Zen ceremony of jukai (literally "receiving precepts") is a ceremony of commitment to the Zen precepts, the Zen path, and the sangha. Done by lay students it marks a deepening of commitment to Zen and a warming of relationship with the teacher.  See Precepts and Jukai on the website for background on this important process.

    In this year's jukai Red Cedar member Mari Ritalahti will receive the precepts from Nomon Tim Burnett.

    The ceremony is preceded by a half-day sesshin with vegetarian breakfast and lunch provided (buffet style, not oryoki).

    Please register for your attendance at either the full retreat or just the jukai ceremony. There is a small charge for the sesshin to cover food and administrative costs or non-charge RSVP to attend just the ceremony at 3pm.

    Donations to Red Cedar Zen Community and teachers are invited.

    Schedule:

    7am - 3pm - Half-Day Sesshin with breakfast and lunch provided

    3pm - 5pm Jukai Ceremony and Reception

    Please join us in the celebration of ethical practice and community.

    • Thursday, December 01, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 04, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and Online via Zoom
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    2022 ROHATSU

    We will have our annual celebration of Buddha's Enlightenment with a 3-day sesshin held at BUF and broadcast on Zoom.

    Sesshin is the formal Zen meditation retreat held in silence together with the support of daily Dharma talks and private interviews with the teachers. 


    SCHEDULE
    Thursday 7pm - 9pm
    Friday 7am - 9pm 
    Saturday 7am - 9pm
    Sunday 6am - 9am

    Full schedule available here.

    MEALS
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided for in person practitioners (buffet serve up, eaten with social distance, not oryoki) with dinner on your own. 

    ATTENDANCE
    Accepting registration for in person attendance only for full time commitments at this time. Part time may be offered soon if there is room. Part time on Zoom will be possible.

    REGISTRATION FEES
    Reduced base registration fee is available for current members of Red Cedar Zen. 
    A sliding scale addition to the base registration is provided during the registration process as an opportunity to Red Cedar Zen to help with our operating expenses.

    Scholarships are always available on request.

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

    REGISTER NOW


    • Friday, June 09, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Saturday, June 17, 2023
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232
    • 85

    Save the dates for next years sesshin:
    June 9 - June 27, 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 - this page will be updated in early 2023. Similarly, registration options and fees are subject to change.

    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.

    Notes on fees:

    1) Dana (teacher donations) is not included in these fees. Registration fees cover retreat costs with any extra to Red Cedar Zen Community for our ongoing expenses and costs. An opportunity to make teacher donation (dana) will be available at the site.

    2) Paying higher on the sliding scale enables us to offer scholarships. In the registration process you first pick your housing and stay length which adds the base fee. Then additional funds may be added on the next screen.

    Dates and Cancellation

    • May 15 - 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 Full Time retreats in the Rustic Cabins. They cover one quarter or one half of retreat costs, on a first-come first-served basis. To apply, select registration type option (o) or (p).

    Transportation

    Note for travelers: airporter shuttle service will be available; register separately for the SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2022 Summer Sesshin event.

    We have arranged a shuttle from SeaTac airport to camp samish for full time attendees for $250 round trip. Sign up for the shuttle as a separate event SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for 2022 Summer Sesshin.


    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

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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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