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).


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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)

Click here to listen to Sunday/Tuesday Talks online

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Upcoming 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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February Weekend Retreat
with Tim Burkett
Friday, February 17, at 7 pm through Sunday, February 19, at 4 pm
Cost for full retreat: $100 members; $130 nonmembers
Cost for one day option (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, February 17, at 7 p.m.
Please register five days in advance.
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Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 12 – 3 pm, with Susan Nelson
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members
Please register five days in advance. Limited to 10 people.
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Spring Practice Period, Cultivating Bodhichitta: Awakening the Heart to the Cries of the World
Ted O'Toole with Mark Turbak
Wednesday evenings, March 8 – April 26, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
(There is also a morning option for those who cannot attend Wednesday evenings: Thursdays, March 9 – April 27, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
Cost: $145 members; $180 nonmembers
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One-Day Retreat
March 18 with Ted O'Toole, 8 am – 5 pm
Cost: $50 members; $65 nonmembers
Please register five days in advance.
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Zen Brush Painting Workshop, One Stroke Makes a Painting
Instructor: Bob Schmitt, teacher of Chinese painting and calligraphy
When: Sunday, March 26, 1 pm – 5:00 pm (March 25 date is full.)
Where: Laughing Waters Studio, 3718 Minnehaha Parkway East, Mpls. Mn 55406
Cost: $110 for members and $125 for non-members, all materials included
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Donation Sunday for Joyce Food Shelf, with Second Harvest Match
Sunday, March 26
All contributions this Sunday will go toward our local Joyce Food Shelf. Second Harvest Heartland will fully match all donations. Your generosity will sustain neighbors in need. Thank you!

Spring Work Practice Afternoons
Sunday, March 26, 11:45 am to 2:30 pm
Sunday, April 16, 11:45 am to 2:30 pm
Work practice is our opportunity to give our efforts to the community by taking care of the space we share.
Afternoons include a vegetarian lunch; let us know in advance if you plan to attend. Thank you!
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April Weekend Sesshin
with Bussho Lahn
Friday, April 7, at 7 pm through Sunday, April 9, at 4 pm
Cost for the weekend: $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, April 7, at 7 p.m.
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Beginner's Mind Retreats
with Wanda Isle
Saturday, April 15, 1 – 4 pm
$30 members; $35 nonmembers
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Spring Morning Study Group: Chuang Tzu
with Tim Burkett
Tuesday mornings, April 25, May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $110 members; $135 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, The Lankavatara Sutra

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.