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).

Featured Retreat This November

Beginner's Mind Retreat
with Wanda Isle
Saturday, November 5, 1 – 4 pm
$30 members; $35 nonmembers
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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
Second Sunday of each month
11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
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Coffee and Tea Drive for Joyce Food Shelf
Our local food shelf is often short of coffee and tea.
MZMC will be collecting donations of these items
from October 15 – 30. Thank you for your generosity!

Tea for New Members
October 21, from 7 to 8:30 pm
Please contact the office if you are able to attend.
If you have become a member of the Center this past year, please join Guiding Teacher Tim Burkett and other new members for tea and conversation. This informal gathering will provide an opportunity for Tim to 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.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day
MZMC will continue its partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity this fall.
Date: Saturday, October 22
No experience is necessary.
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Fall Work Practice Afternoons
Sunday, October 30, 11:45am – 3:15 pm with a lunch from 12:30 pm –1:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, 11:45 am – 3:15 pm with a lunch from 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Let us know if you are attending so we know how much food to prepare. Thank you!
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Contact the office info@mnzencenter.org

Beginner's Mind Retreat
with Wanda Isle
Saturday, November 5, 1 – 4 pm
$30 members; $35 nonmembers
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One-Day Retreat
with Bussho Lahn
November 12, 8 am – 5 pm
Cost: $50 members; $65 nonmembers
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Zen Forms and Etiquette
with Bussho Lahn
Sunday, November 27, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Class size is limited to 12.
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Rohatsu Sesshin
with Tim Burkett and Ted O'Toole
Seven day option: Sun., November 27, 7 pm – Sun., Dec. 4, 4 pm
Five day option: Wed., November 30, 5:45 am – Sun., Dec. 4, 4 pm
Two day option: Sat., December 3, 5:45 am – Sun. Dec. 4, 4 pm
One day option: Sat., December 3, 5:45 am – 9 pm
Hours for full days: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
Please register five days in advance.
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Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
with Bussho Lahn
Saturday, December 10, 12 – 3 pm
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members
Please register five days in advance. Limited to 10 people.
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Online Class Offerings

Take an online course on some aspect of Buddhism with a MZMC teacher. Two structured online courses are presently available: "Introduction to Buddhism" and "Start a Zen Practice: A Self-Paced Course." Each course has six sections and is self-paced. It includes time with the instructor over the Internet or by phone. Click here for details and previews of the classes.

Check out Recent Additions to the MZMC Primer Series, Basic Teachings of Early Buddhism and Historical Foundations of Chan (Zen) Buddhism

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.