Welcome!

We welcome all who want to learn more about Zen Buddhist meditation. Our vibrant community is committed to Zen practice and teachings, and offers daily sitting meditation, weekly classes and lectures, and monthly intensive meditation retreats.

Our Center is located on the eastern shore of Lake Calhoun in south Minneapolis. People from all over the region come to here to listen to talks by teachers, attend classes and workshops, participate in retreats, attend services, and, most importantly, to do sitting meditation (zazen).


Are you new to Meditation, Zen Buddhism, or the Center?

A good place to begin would be Introduction to Zen Meditation on Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings. Each session includes meditation instruction and teaching on how meditation and Zen relate to daily life.

For Introduction to Zen Meditation join us any Sunday morning or Tuesday night and then return the next three Sundays/Tuesdays to complete the four-week cycle. The four parts are not sequential, so you may attend them in any order. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like, but attend all four for the best overview. These classes are open to all with no pre-registration necessary. Admission is first come, first served, and the class often fills. We advise that you come a few minutes early. Those who cannot attend the Introduction generally stay and enjoy the talk in the main hall instead.
Suggested donation: $10

The class meets every Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and each Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to stay for tea and social hour after the class.


Join us on Sunday Mornings and Tuesday Evenings

Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings are good times to become familiar with the MZMC community. The weekly talk (same talk is given Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.) provides continued learning about Zen Buddhism and offers you a chance to know the teachers more fully. You are invited to join us for any part of the Sunday and Tuesday schedules. We hope to see you then!

Sunday Morning Schedule
9:10 Meditation
9:30 Short Stretch Break
9:50 Meditation Ends
10:00 Introduction to Zen Meditation
10:00 Sunday Talk Click here for a list of Sunday/Tuesday Speakers
11:00 Tea/Social Time (except during retreats)

Tuesday Evening Schedule
6:40 Meditation
7:00 Short Stretch Break
7:20 Meditation Ends
7:30-8:15 Tuesday Talk Click here for a list of Sunday/Tuesday Speakers
7:30-8:30 Introduction to Zen Meditation
8:15-9:00 Tea/Social Time (except during retreats)

Click here to listen to Sunday/Tuesday Talks online

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Upcoming Classes, Retreats and Other Activities

Please register five days in advance for all retreats and classes.

Backpack and School Supply Drive for Joyce Food Shelf
August 20 – September 1
Help neighborhood kids in need. It's a great way for our sangha to practice engaged Buddhism together—so open your heart and hop on the Bodhisattva bus today! Bring your donations to MZMC.

Mindfulness in Daily Life: How do we bring awareness to our lives?
with Ben Connelly
Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11, 7:15 – 8:45 pm
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Fall Morning Study Group: An Invitation to Continue Studying our Taoist Roots
with Wanda Isle
Every other Tuesday morning September 12 – November 21, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
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Beginner's Mind Retreat
with Ted O'Toole
Saturday, September 16, 1 – 4 pm
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Join us this fall for Cha-Do: The Way of Tea
MZMC will host two traditional Japanese tea ceremonies this fall. We hope you will be able to join us!
Sunday, September 17, 1:30 pm (full) or 3:30 pm
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Retreat at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, Eitzen MN
with Susan Nelson and Tim Burkett
Tuesday, September 19, at 7 pm through Sunday, September 24, at noon
Two days (Friday at 7 pm – Sunday at noon)
Hours for full days: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
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Awakening to Flowers
Saturday, October 7, 1 – 4:30 pm
Come play with flowers and create an arrangement to take home.
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Check out the Recent Addition to the MZMC Primer Series, The Mindfulness Sutra (Satipatthana Sutta)

The MZMC primer series is composed of short overviews of topics of interest in Soto Zen Buddhism and in Buddhism more generally. The series is intended to give readers a comprehensive, but brief, introduction to a topic. Click here for more information and to download primers.

Our mission is to help people experience a deep and quiet joy – a joy that arises whenever we are fully engaged in the work or play of this moment.