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).


Fall 2017 Newsletter

Have you seen our Fall 2017 Newsletter? Read a reflection on "Dream Time" by our Guiding Teacher, Tim Burkett, and find out about other things happening at the Center. Click here for the newsletter.


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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Mindfulness at Work: Strategies for a Busy Life

Deeply Enjoy Your Work and Your Life
One-Day Workshop with Tim Burkett
Friday, October 20, 2017, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Click for a full description.
Click to read an article about the event in MinnPost.


Listen to Recent Interviews with Guiding Teacher Tim Burkett

Tim was a guest on Hidden Edges Radio with Ellen Krug. He talked about the basics of Zen practice and the upcoming workshop Mindfulness at Work: Strategies for a Busy Life on Friday, October 20 at St. Thomas Opus School of Business. Click here to listen.

Tim talked about mindful eating on Food Fredom Radio.Click here to listen.


Upcoming Classes, Retreats and Other Activities

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

Fall Work Practice Afternoons
Saturday, October 21, 11am – 2:30 pm
Saturday, November 11, 11am – 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; please let the office know if you plan to attend.

When a Day Lasts a Year: Talk by Andrea Grant
Friday, October 27, 7 pm
Offered by donation.
Andrea spent 12 months at Amundsen Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, the highest, driest, coldest, windiest continent on earth. Andrea will show slides and tell stories about life "on the ice,” where everything is just a little bit more complicated than back home. Although she didn't have a Zen practice when she was down there, she has since found many connections between things she learned that winter and things she learned in her practice. Look for more talks on Zen practice and our environment in the coming year.

Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
with Bussho Lahn
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12 – 3 pm
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Zen Forms and Etiquette
Friday, November 3, 5:15 – 6:30 pm
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Half-Day Sesshin
with Ben Connelly
November 4, 5:45 am – noon
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Check out Two Recent Additions to the MZMC Primer Series: The Flower Ornament Sutra and Hua-Yen 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.