;;MZMC offers a host of classes to support and encourage meditation, compassion, and joyful living. Our curriculum provides structured support for exploration of Buddhist teachings to clarify the fundamental questions of our lives. Click here for our current class offerings.
Introduction to Zen Meditation: If you are new to Zen Buddhism or MZMC, our four-part introductory series of talks is the place to start. Each session includes meditation instruction and teaching on how meditation and Zen relate to daily life. Offered every week.
Advanced Studies classes are for people with an established Zen practice; these classes demonstrate how Buddhist thought relates to practice, provide intellectual challenge, and investigate the context and history of material. Advanced studies classes are open to people who have taken Four Noble Truths, Awakening the Heart, or Original Zen from the Foundations of Practice courses or by permission of the teacher. Each of these six-week classes is offered every three years. Click here to learn more about our Advanced Studies.
Morning Study Groups and Special Class Offerings allow our teachers to offer special classes on topics of their choosing.
Practice Periods continue the 2500-year-old tradition started when Buddha and his students settled down for an extended period of practice during the monsoon season. Participants make a commitment to read and discuss the selected material; maintain a daily sitting practice; attend a minimum of two days of retreat; and attend at least one afternoon of work practice. MZMC offers eight-week Practice Periods in Fall and Spring each year.