handsIntro to Zen Meditation – New Class!
A four-week class on Monday evenings on Zen Meditation that is designed to be accessible to those curious about meditation and wondering about the Zen style. No meditation experience required.

Practicing With Difficulty

Please join us for the upcoming meeting on November 5th, to discuss and finalize our shared intention around ethics and clear communication in the sangha. The new revised draft of our ethics and communications policy is available here: Ethical Guideliness and Clear Communication – Practicing with Difficulty revised


An Invitation

The Red Cedar Zen Community invites you to join us in the practice of Zen meditation. By settling the heart and mind in this very moment, we can bring a little more peace and openness to our lives and our world. Our Soto way emphasizes the daily practice of sitting meditation (zazen) and the integration of formal practice and daily life.

We follow the traditional forms of the Soto school of Zen with a spirit of warmth and inclusion. Everyone interested in meditation, whether brand new, experienced in other traditions, or schooled in formal Zen, is welcome to join our practice.

Our weekly meetings are every Wednesdays nights at 7pm and Monday and Friday at noon, and Saturday mornings at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall (see practice). Retreats of one to eight days are held annually at the Dharma Hall and a rented church camp in the Skagit Valley (see the Events list and calendar).

Orientations for new sitters are regularly offered at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and at other times by request. We also have retreats of one to seven days at the Hall and at rented facilities in the area (see events). The Dharma Hall is located at 1021 N. Forest Street, just south of Forest and Maple (two doors down from The Majestic). (see directions).

Meditation instruction and orientations are available for new students. Please call or write to arrange an orientation. You are also welcome to “just show up.”

About Red Cedar

Founded in 1991, Red Cedar Zen Community (formerly known as Bellingham Zen Practice Group) is a Soto Zen practice community in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. We are affiliated with The Everyday Zen Foundation and EDZ founder Zoketsu Norman Fischer of Muir Beach, California, is our guiding teacher. Zoketsu comes to the Bellingham and Vancouver area four times a year to lead retreats and sesshin.

The Community’s Spiritual Director is Zen priest Nomon Tim Burnett. Tim has been practicing Zen for twenty-five years and received Dharma Transmission from Norman in July, 2011.

The community is also blessed with two lay teachers, Yuzan Nancy Welch and Seishu John Wiley.

Our three local teachers lead retreats, workshops, and classes, and are available to Sangha members for private practice discussion at all sangha meditation events in Bellingham. Our teachers are also glad to speak to your class or club about Zen Buddhism.

Tim is also available to conduct weddings, funerals, and blessing ceremonies and for private spiritual guidance meetings.

The Dharma Hall

The Red Cedar Zen Community are the stewards of a shared center for meditation, mindfulness, and peace called the Red Cedar Dharma Hall. The center is available to other like minded groups for event rental or ongoing use. Per hour and membership rates are available. The Hall is quiet, warm and accessible to all. See the Red Cedar Dharma Hall website for more information.

Thank you for visiting our site. We invite you to join us in unfolding the Buddha Way as it runs through every moment of our lives.

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