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.


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.

Rohatsu Sesshin
with Tim Burkett and Ted O'Toole
Sun., December 3, 7 pm – Sun., Dec. 10, 4 pm
There are seven, five, two and one-day options.
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Creativity and Zen: How do we express our practice?
with Ben Connelly
Wednesdays, January 17 – February 21
7:15 – 8:45 pm
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Zen Poetry: How is the inexpressible expressed? Zen Master Ryokan (aka Great Fool)
with Tim Burkett
Thursdays, January 18 – February 22
7:15 – 8:45 pm
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One-day Retreat
with Wanda Isle January 20, 8 am – 5 pm
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Beginner's Mind Retreat
with Susan Nelson
Saturday, February 3, 1 – 4 pm
$30 members; $35 nonmembers
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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.