MZMC will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017

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).


Spring 2017 Newsletter

Take a look at our Spring 2017 Newsletter and read "Sitting Quietly and Doing Nothing" by our Guiding Teacher, Tim Burkett. Click here for the newsletter.


Open House and Book Sale, Saturday June 3, 10 am – 2pm

In coordination with the ECCO neighborhood’s community and garage–sale day, MZMC will have a book sale and open house from 10 until 2. Please join us for tours of MZMC, meditation instruction, a used book sale, food, and fun! Contributions to the book sale are most appreciated. Drop off used books at MZMC between May 15 and June 1. Thank you!


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

Subscribe to our Sunday/Tuesday Talks podcast using iTunes.

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Upcoming Classes, Retreats and Other Activities

Dharma Family Sundays
Coordinated by Susan Nelson
Generally on the second Sunday of each month.
11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
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New Member Tea
Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
If you have become a member of the Center in this past year, please join us on May 19. Our Guiding Teacher Tim Burkett and other new members will get together for tea and conversation. This informal gathering will provide an opportunity for Tim thank you personally for joining the Center and committing yourself to an exploration of Zen practice. He'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the Center. It will also be a nice time for new members to start getting to know each other. Please contact the office if you plan to attend.

Zen Forms and Etiquette
Friday, June 16, 5:15 – 6:30 pm
Class size is limited to 12.
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MZMC Open House and Book Sale, Saturday June 3, 10 am – 2pm
In coordination with the ECCO neighborhood’s community and garage–sale day, MZMC will have a book sale and open house from 10 until 2. Please join us for tours of MZMC, meditation instruction, a used-book sale, food, and fun! Contributions to the book sale are most appreciated. Drop off used books at MZMC between May 15 and June 1. Thank you!

June Weekend Sesshin
with Ben Connelly
Friday, June 16, at 7 pm through Sunday, June 18, at 4 pm
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Beginner's Mind Retreat
with Susan Nelson
Saturday, June 24, 1 – 4 pm
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Guest Teacher Dokai Gerogesen
Sunday Talk, June 25, 10 am
Please join us for the Sunday talk. We welcome guest teacher Dokai Gerogesen, the Guiding Teacher at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community in southeastern Minnesota.
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Second Harvest Volunteer Day
Saturday, July 1, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Volunteer to package food for distribution around the region to help end hunger.
Please let the office know if you'd like to help. Anyone over 8 years of age is welcome!

Taste of Summer Potluck
Saturday, July 8, 6 pm
Let's celebrate the summer together. Join us to enjoy good food, music, and conversation with other MZMC members and friends. Invite your family and friends to come along! Bring your favorite salad, savory dish, or dessert. One main dish and beverages will be provided. If the sun shines, we'll gather in the backyard. If it rains, we'll set up in the Founder's Hall. Sponsored by the membership committee. All are welcome. If you'd like to attend, please contact the office.

Nagarjuna's Middle Way: What is beyond self and other?
with Bussho Lahn
Five Wednesdays, July 12 – August 9
7:15 – 8:45 pm
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One-Day Retreat
with Ted O'Toole
July 15, 8 am – 5 pm
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Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
with Susan Nelson
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 12 – 3 pm
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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.