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).

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

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
9:50 Break
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

Subscribe to our Sunday Talks podcast using iTunes.

To subscribe to our Sunday Talks podcast with another service, use this rss feed:http://mnzencenter.org/audio/rss.xml


Book Tour Schedule for Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem

written by Ben Connelly, MZMC Senior-Priest-in-Training, and published by Wisdom Publications in July 2014

Click here, for more information on Inside the Grass Hut.

  • Dharma Field, Minneapolis, MN, September 14
  • Decorah Zen Center, Decorah, IA, September 28
  • Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago, IL, September 29
  • Cleveland Buddhist Temple, Cleveland, OH, September 30
  • Still Mind Zendo, New York, NY, October 2
  • Zen Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October 3–4
  • Sanshinji, Bloomington, IN, October 5
  • Midtown Altanta Zen Group, Atlanta, GA, October 17–18
  • Atlanta Soto Zen Center, Atlanta, GA, October 19
  • Bamboo in the Wind, Sunnyvale, CA, November 18
  • Mount Diablo Zen Center, Pleasant Hill, CA, November 19
  • Dogen Sangha Los Angeles, CA, November 21
  • Zen Center of Los Angeles, CA, November 22

September and October Events

Dharma Family Sundays
Coordinated by Susan Nelson
Second and fourth Sundays of each month beginning September 14, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
This group meets concurrently with Youth Group on the Sundays when Youth Group meets.
Click here for more information.

Zen Buddhist Youth Group
Co-led by Flying Fish Barbara Murphy, Clouds in Water
Donen Ted O'Toole, Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
Programming begins in October 2014.
Click here for more information.

Retreat at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, Eitzen MN
with Rosemary Taylor and Tim Burkett
Tuesday, September 23, at 7 pm through Sunday, September 28, at noon
Cost for full retreat: $225 members; $300 non-members
Cost for two days (Fri. Sept. 25, 7 pm – Sun., Sept. 28, noon): $90 members; $120 nonmembers
Hours for full days: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
Registration is closed.

The fall retreat at Hokyoji, in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota, is an opportunity to practice surrounded by nature, far from the distractions of city life. We alternate sitting and walking meditation throughout the day, along with daily dharma talks, one-to-one meetings with the teachers, vegetarian meals, a work period, and outdoor group meditation walks. Bring camping gear or sleep in dorm-like accommodations. We will need at least 7 full-retreat participants to hold the retreat at Hokyoji.

Fall Practice Period: Appreciate Your Life
with Ted O'Toole and Bussho Martin Lahn
Wednesday evenings, October 1 – Nov. 19, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
(There is also a morning option for those who cannot attend Wednesday evenings: Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
Cost: $120 members; $145 nonmembers
Register
Please register five days in advance

This fall's practice period will explore the themes and stages of aspiration, discipline, and letting go in the context of Zen Buddhist practice. We'll spend eight weeks immersing ourselves in those themes, exploring how they can help us maintain a vibrant Zen practice in a busy world. Practice Periods are an integral part of traditional Buddhism, and trace their origins back to the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, when the nuns and monks would take time during the monsoon seasons of India to devote themselves to intensified meditation, study, and community building.

Participants are expected to attend the eight weekly meetings, commit to regular zazen practice, attend at least one day of retreat and one work practice day, read the assigned text(s), and have regular meetings with an assigned practice partner.

We'll use the book Appreciate Your Life, by Taizan Maezumi Roshi, which is available through the MZMC office.

Half-Day Sesshin
October 18 with Guy Gibbon
Hours: 5:45 a.m. – noon
Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members
Register
Please register five days in advance.

This brief immersion in the traditional sesshin schedule is a good opportunity to become familiar with the forms, stay in practice, or brush up after some time away. This morning includes an orientation, zazen, kinhin (walking meditation), liturgy, a formal vegetarian breakfast using oryoki bowls, and one-to-one meetings with the teacher.

Fall Work Practice Afternoons
Sunday, October 19, 11:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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, so please let us know in advance if you plan to attend by contacting the MZMC office.

Take care of things, and they will take care of you.
— Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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.