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).


Summer Newsletter 2016

Have you read the summer newsletter? If not, click here and enjoy!


Featured Class: Foundations of Practice

Original Zen: What were the first Zen teachings?
with Wanda Isle
Six Wednesdays, August 31 – October 5
7:15 – 8:45 pm
Cost: $110 members; $135 nonmembers
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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
Generally the second Sunday of each month
DFS is on break for the month of August.
11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
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Original Zen: What were the first Zen teachings?
with Wanda Isle
Six Wednesdays, August 31 – October 5
7:15 – 8:45 pm
Cost: $110 members; $135 nonmembers
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Joyce Food Shelf School Supply Drive
August 7 – 28
MZMC will partner with Joyce Food Shelf to collect backpacks and school supplies for neighborhood kids in need. It’s a great way for our sangha to practice engaged Buddhism together – so open your heart and hop on the Bodhisattva bus today!

Sitting with Sutras: A Contemplative Afternoon
Saturday, September 10, 12 – 3 pm with Bussho Lahn
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members
September date is full. Click on the full description below for additional dates.
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Fall Morning Study Group: The Diamond Sutra
with Susan Nelson
Every other Tuesday morning September 13 – November 22
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $110 members; $135 nonmembers
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Retreat at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, Eitzen MN
with Susan Nelson and Tim Burkett
Tuesday, September 20, at 7 pm through Sunday, September 25, at noon
Cost for full retreat: $255 members; $330 nonmembers
Cost for two days (Fri. Sept. 23, 7 pm – Sun., Sept. 25, noon): $105 members; $135 nonmembers
Hours for full days: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
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Fall Practice Period: Impermanence, Interdependence, and Empowerment: How can we live from our deepest values in this fleeting and troubled world?
with Ben Connelly and Bussho Lahn
Wednesday evenings, October 5 – November 16, and Monday evening November 21, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
(There is also a morning option for those who cannot attend Wednesday evenings: Thursday mornings October 6 – November 17, and Tuesday morning November 22, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.)
Cost: $145 members; $180 nonmembers
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Zen Forms & Etiquette
with Bussho Lahn
October 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Class size is limited to 12.
Suggested donation: $10
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Half-Day Sesshin
with Ben Connelly
October 15, 5:45 am – noon
Cost: $30 members; $40 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 Recent Additions to the MZMC Primer Series, Basic Teachings of Early Buddhism and Historical Foundations of Chan (Zen) 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.