Interested in the April 27 class on Mindfulness and the Legal Profession?

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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).

Get a feel for what it is like to visit MZMC.
Local Fox 9 news reporter M.A. Rosko visits MZMC, clip one.
Local Fox 9 news reporter M.A. Rosko visits MZMC, clip two.

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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April Classes, Retreats and Other Activities

Dharma Family Sundays
Coordinated by Susan Nelson
Genrally the second Sunday of each month
In April, due to the retreat on the second Sunday, DFS will be on the fourth Sunday, April 24
11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
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Book Discussion Group
Every other Monday 6:30 – 8 pm
Beginning April 11 and going forward, the group will be reading White Like Me by Tim Wise.
The group meets in MZMC's Third Floor Classroom.
Join us as we read this book aloud to each other. Drop in/out at any point in the reading. Progress through the book will be posted each week so you can fill in the gaps on your own if you wish. All are welcome to join this group. Hope to see you there!

Zen Forms & Etiquette
with Bussho Lahn
April 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
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Spring Morning Study Group: Dogen's Time-Being
with Ben Connelly
Every other Tuesday morning, April 19 – June 28, 7:30 – 9:00 am
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Reading and Book Signing
Copsonsored with Clouds in Water Zen Center
Taking place at MZMC
On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems
with author Paul Rouzer
Friday, April 22 at 7 pm
Offered by donation.
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Beginner’s Mind Retreat
Saturday, April 23 with Susan Nelson
1 – 4 pm
$30 members; $35 nonmembers
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From Suffering to Ease: Selections from the Pali Canon
with Susan Nelson
Wednesdays, April 27 – June 1, 7:15 – 8:45 pm
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Second Harvest Heartland Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 30, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Second Harvest Heartland West, 6325 Sandburg rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley MN 55427
Package food for distribution around the region and help end hunger! We will be doing light lifting and packing of food in a warehouse environment so please wear close-toed shoes and avoid bringing any jewelry. Anyone over 8 years old is welcome. There are 20 spaces for volunteers. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please email info@mnzencenter.orgif you can attend so that we can give them an accurate count.

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.