Featured Events for July

July Weekend Retreat: Practicing Bare Awareness
with Tim Burkett
Friday, July 15, at 7 pm through Sunday, July 17, at 4 pm
Hours for full day: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
All participants should plan to attend the orientation on Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m.
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During this mid-summer retreat we will spend much of our time practicing bare awareness of the sights, sounds, and smells in the natural world around Zen Center. In addition to engaging in our routine of sitting meditation, we will spend about half our time doing walking meditatively outside. We will go on slow walks in our backyard throughout the day. In addition we will go on long walks along the trail above the lake and along the lake itself in the early morning and late evening, stopping frequently to enjoy the wonder of the natural world right here in the city.

Mindfulness Training for Health Care Professionals
with Tim Burkett and Wanda Isle
Saturday, July 9, 9 am – 4 pm
Offered by Programs for Mindful Living
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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).

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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)

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Upcoming Classes, Retreats and Other Activities

Dharma Family Sundays
Coordinated by Susan Nelson
Generally the second Sunday of each month
In June, due to the retreat on the second Sunday, DFS will be on the fourth Sunday, June 26
11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
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Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
Saturday, June 25, 12 – 3 pm with Bussho Lahn
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members
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July Weekend Retreat
with Tim Burkett
Friday, July 15, at 7 pm through Sunday, July 17, at 4 pm
Cost for full retreat: $100 members; $130 nonmembers
Cost for one day (Saturday): $50 members; $65 nonmembers
Hours for full day: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
All participants should plan to attend the orientation on Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m.
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Time Dissolving into Timelessness
with Tim Burkett
Wednesdays, July 20 – August 24
7:15 – 8:45 pm
Cost: $110 members; $135 nonmembers
Please register five days in advance.
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One-day Joyce Foodshelf Drive, Sunday July 24
All dana collected on July 24 goes to our local Joyce Uptown Foodshelf. $1 buys three meals for a hungry family.
Please give what you can to help those in need. Thank you!

Beginner's Mind Retreat
Saturday, July 30 with Ted O'Toole
1 – 4 pm
$30 members; $35 nonmembers
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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.