MZMC will be closed Monday, May 25.


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 can't attend the Introduction generally stay and enjoy the talk in the main hall instead. Donations are gratefully accepted.

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.

If you are visiting MZMC to fulfill a class requirement, we suggest attending the talk in the main hall on Sunday at 10 a.m. or Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. You may also contact our office to set up a visit.

Congratulations to our Guiding Teacher Tim Burkett who just published a new book Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are.

Click here for more information.

Check out the wonderful new MZMC Primer Series!

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.

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)

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June Events

Book Event for Table 13: A Story of Teen Survival and Transformation
by Miles Harrison and Ted O'Toole
Reading and signing Friday, June 5, 7 p.m.
Cost: Offered by donation.

Please join us for a reading by Assistant Guiding Teacher Ted O'Toole and his co-author Miles Harrison from their new book, Table 13 (Willow Island Press). This book, which grew out of a mentorship that began when Miles was 14, tells in a raw and vivid way the story of Miles' struggles with drugs, violence, and thoughts of suicide. It also relates the healing effects of a remarkable youth center, and of Ted's supportive presence, informed by his practice of Zen Buddhism. This reading will be of interest to zen practitioners, teens, and anyone who has spent time with a teen in difficulty.

The Gifts of Uncertain Times with Kaia Svien
Saturday, June 6, 2 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $15 members; $25 non-members

Kaia Svien, M.S., long time student of Joanna Macy will guide us through the five gifts that Macy, Buddhist scholar, teacher and deep ecologist, invites us to step into now. Macy has spent a lifetime applying Buddhist principles we know so well from our inner work to our relationship with the outer world. These teachings are passionately designed to inspire us to move out of denial and numbing into living fully engaged, with love and interbeing at our center.This three hour session includes meditations, dharma talks, and guided experiences in dialogue and movement. For more information on Kaia, click here.

June Weekend Sesshin
with Ted O'Toole
Friday June 12 at 7 pm through Sunday June 14 at 4 pm
Cost for two-day option: $85 members; $110 nonmembers
Cost for one-day option: $50 members; $65 non-members
Hours for full days: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
All participants should plan to attend the orientation on Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m.
Please register five days in advance.

At this formal meditation retreat, we follow the forms and rituals used in the Soto Zen tradition for centuries. The sesshin includes zazen, kinhin (walking meditation), liturgy, dharma talks, formal vegetarian meals using oryoki, dokusan (one-to-one meetings with the teacher), and work practice.

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.