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 the Tuesday Night Gathering. 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 and then return the next three Sundays to complete the four-week cycle. (For those months that have a fifth Sunday, a fifth talk is offered. It is considered an "optional" part of the 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 Sunday talk instead. Donations are gratefully accepted.
The class meets every Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Participants are welcome to stay for tea and social hour at 11:00.
Tuesday Night Gathering is a weekly opportunity to come together for meditation and Zen teaching. Newcomers and experienced practitioners alike are invited and encouraged to participate. This gathering is designed to provide a regular weekly cornerstone for your practice. Each session includes guided meditation, a brief dharma talk, silent meditation, and an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Tuesday Night Gatherings take place every Tuesday 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
If you are visiting MZMC to fulfill a class requirement, we suggest attending our Sunday morning lecture at 10 a.m. You may also contact our office to set up a visit.
Sunday mornings are a good time to become familiar with the MZMC community.
Sunday Morning Schedule
The Sunday talks provide continued learning about Zen Buddhism and offer you a chance to know the teachers more fully. You are invited to join us for any part of the morning schedule. We hope to see you then!
9:10 Sitting Meditation
10:00 Introduction to Zen Meditation (held on the third floor)
10:00 Sunday Talk Click here for a list of Sunday Speakers
11:00 Tea/Social Hour (except during retreats)
Click here to listen to Sunday Talks online
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Twin Cities Sanghas come together for the Bodhisattva Build, Spring 2014
Location One: 3434 Fremont Ave. N. Minneapolis
Saturdays, March 1 and March 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location Two: 407 Sherburne Ave. St. Paul
Saturday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Please contact the MZMC office to register.
The Twin Cities Zen community is partnering to help build a home with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity this March. Community members from Clouds in Water Zen Center, Dharma Field, and Minnesota Zen Meditation Center will help build community and transform the lives of well-deserving families by helping them realize the dream of affordable homeownership. There are three volunteer Saturdays available. Twin Cities Zen Community members are welcome to register for one day or multiple days; with friends or as individuals. No experience is necessary. Twin Cities Habitat looks for 10 – 13 volunteers per day. Volunteers are required to stay on-site for the full day; 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please plan to bring your own lunch.
Erik Storlie Reads from His New Memoir
Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Up, Growing Tender
Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
No preregistration. Offered by doantion.
Erik Storlie, one of MZMC's founders, has written a new memoir. Join us to hear him read selections from his book and reflect on the development of Zen in the Midwest. Erik will be available after the reading to sign copies of the book.
A death in 1900 on the Dakota prairies sets in motion this memoir of a distant father and his son, a story of growing up and growing old that winds through the sedate Midwestern fifties, explodes in the cultural turbulence of the sixties, and finds meaning in a fusion of family, writing, teaching, and the eastern contemplative arts.
Here we experience the underground Beat scene in Minneapolis that inspired the early Bob Dylan. We meet the poets Robert Bly and James Wright. Finally, we share the author's struggle to transmute psychedelic explorations into Zen and mindfulness — and to become a loving son, father, and husband.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.beginnerzen.com.
with Ben Connelly
March 22, 8 am – 5 pm
Cost: $45 members; $60 non-members
One-Day Retreats are conducted in a contemporary context, without the formal elements involved in sesshin. They include walking and sitting meditation, a dharma talk, one-to-one meetings with the teacher, a vegetarian buffet lunch, and work practice. Meditators at all levels of experience are invited.
Spring Work Practice Afternoons
Saturday, March 29; 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served during the break. Join us for part of the day or the full day.
Sunday, April 6th; 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Light lunch will be served in the break.
Work practice is our opportunity to give our efforts to the community by taking care of the space we share. In work practice we can express the essence of zen, the delight of mindful activity, and appreciation of the manifest world.
Work practice afternoons include a vegetarian lunch or snack, so please let us know in advance if you plan to attend.
Take care of things, and they will take care of you.
— Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Public Talk and Book Signing for The Hidden Lamp
Zenshin Florence Caplow with Judith Ragir
Friday, April 4 at 7 pm
The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
Edited by Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Susan Moon
The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road.
Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher—personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today—and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.
Zenshin Florence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She has been practicing Vipassana and Zen for thirty years, and is a dharma teacher, field botanist, essayist, and editor. She is an itinerant monk, generally found somewhere west of the Rockies. She recently coedited and contributed to an anthology of nature writing, Wildbranch, and her essays can be read in Tricycle, Inquiring Mind, and on her blog, Slipping Glimpser: Zen Wanderings and Wonderings.
Byakuren Judith Ragir is the guiding teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul and a contributor to The Hidden Lamp. Byakuren has a background in bodywork and healing which includes having been a professional modern dancer and a doctor of Oriental medicine using acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbs.