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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.

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.

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)

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February and March 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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Guest Teacher Erik Storlie: Touching Frost Crystals on a Winter Window
Erik will join us to give the talks on Sunday, February 7 at 10 am and Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 pm.
(The same talk will be given on Sunday and Tuesday.)
Offered by donation.

Erik Storlie, Ph.D., began a practice of sitting meditation in 1964 with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi, helping to found the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Retired from full-time teaching at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, he now teaches meditation and mindfulness and leads retreats for The Center for Spirituality and Healing at The University of Minnesota. His publications include Nothing on my Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters (Shambhala 1996); and Go Deep and Take Plenty of Root: A Prairie-Norwegian Father, Rebellion in Minneapolis, Basement Zen, Growing Old, Growing Tender (Createspace 2013).

Book Discussion Group
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 – 8 pm
The group meets in MZMC's Third Floor Classroom.
The book is widely available in the public library system and elsewhere.
All are welcome to join this group. Hope to see you there!

February Weekend Retreat: Inside the Grass Hut
with Ben Connelly
Friday, February 26, at 7 pm through Sunday, February 28, at 4 pm
Hours for full day: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
All participants should plan to attend the orientation on Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m.
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Spring Practice Period: When Snow Falls, It falls on Everything: Cultivating Compassion and Equanimity
with Tim Burkett and Stacy Lee King
Wednesday evenings, March 2 – April 20, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
(There is also a morning option for those who cannot attend Wednesday evenings: Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
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One-Day Retreat
with Wanda Isle
March 19, 8 am – 5 pm
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Habitat For Humanity Bodhisattva Build
Dates: Saturday, March 19, and Saturday, March 26
8:30 am – 4 pm
You may participate one or both days.
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Work Practice Afternoons
Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 11:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
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Friday Evening Talk: Zen Practice in the 21st Century
March 25, 7 p.m.
Offered by donation.
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Workshop: Experiential Writing as Spiritual Practice
Saturday, March 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vegetarian lunch included.
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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 the Recent Addition to the MZMC Primer Series, Basic Teachings of Early 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.