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 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 Tuesday evenings. Each session includes meditation instruction and teaching on how meditation and Zen relate to daily life.
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Join us for the Weekly Talk on Sunday Mornings and Tuesday Evenings

Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings are good times to become familiar with the MZMC community. The weekly dharma talk provides continued learning about Zen Buddhism and offers you a chance to know the teachers more fully. (The same talk is given Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.) You are invited to join us for any part of the Sunday and Tuesday schedules, which include meditation and social time. We hope to see you then!
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Listen to Sunday/Tuesday Talks online or to subscribe using itunes or with an rss feed.


Have you read the most recent newsletter?

Read the latest issue of the MZMC Newsletter including an article by Guiding Teacher Tim Burkett, "Being a Lamp to Your Whole Self." Read the newsletter


Meditation in an Interreligious Context, Spring 2018

We invite you to join us for two different series of talks on meditation in an interreligious context: Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism. For the first set of talks "Meditation in Action," we will partner with Plymouth Congregational Church and Adath Jeshurun Congregation. In the second set of talks,"Opening Up To Wisdom," we will partner with Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman of Temple Israel.
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The Light That Shines through Infinity:
Zen and the Energy of Life

by Dainin Katagiri, edited by Andrea Martin

The new book by teacher and MZMC founder Dainin Katagiri and edited by sangha member Andrea Martin is being published by Shambhala Publications this fall. It will be in bookstores on November 28.
Preview of the book
Description and preorder

Starting on October 15, Andrea is giving a series of Sunday/Tuesday dharma talks based on the book. She is looking at its various themes, and offering her view on Katagiri Roshi's teaching and the way it can help us now. Each talk is focused on one of the five parts of the book.
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Upcoming Classes, Retreats and Other Activities

Please register five days in advance for all retreats and classes.

Spring Practice Period: The Light That Shines Through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life
with Wanda Isle and Susan Nelson
Wednesday evenings, March 7 – April 25, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
(There is also a morning option for those who cannot attend Wednesday evenings: Thursdays, March 8 – April 26, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
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Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
with Susan Nelson
Saturday, March 10, 12 – 3 pm
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March Weekend Sesshin
with Ben Connelly
Friday, March 23, at 7 pm through Sunday, March 25, at 4 pm
Full and one-day options
Hours for full day: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
All participants should plan to attend the orientation on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
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Check out the recent addition to the MZMC Primer Series: The Nirvana 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.