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).


Sitting with Sutras this January

Saturday, January 10, 12 – 3
with Rosemary Taylor
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members

Spend a winter afternoon in silent contemplation with some of the great words of Buddhism. We'll read brief passages from the sutras, listening deeply as we prepare to enter into silence with them. Short periods of shared reading will be followed by longer intervals of meditative silence as we quiet our ordinary minds in order to immerse ourselves in the experience underlying the words.


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 the Tuesday Night Gathering. 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 and then return the next three Sundays to complete the four-week cycle. (For those months that have a fifth Sunday, a fifth talk is offered. It is considered an "optional" part of the 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 can't attend the Introduction generally stay and enjoy the Sunday talk instead. Donations are gratefully accepted.

The class meets every Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Participants are welcome to stay for tea and social hour at 11:00.

Tuesday Night Gathering is a weekly opportunity to come together for meditation and Zen teaching. Newcomers and experienced practitioners alike are invited and encouraged to participate. This gathering is designed to provide a regular weekly cornerstone for your practice. Each session includes guided meditation, a brief dharma talk, silent meditation, and an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Tuesday Night Gatherings take place every Tuesday 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

If you are visiting MZMC to fulfill a class requirement, we suggest attending our Sunday morning lecture at 10 a.m. You may also contact our office to set up a visit.


Sunday Mornings

Sunday mornings are a good time to become familiar with the MZMC community.

Sunday Morning Schedule

The Sunday talks provide continued learning about Zen Buddhism and offer you a chance to know the teachers more fully. You are invited to join us for any part of the morning schedule. We hope to see you then!

9:10 Sitting Meditation
9:50 Break
10:00 Introduction to Zen Meditation (held on the third floor)
10:00 Sunday Talk Click here for a list of Sunday Speakers
11:00 Tea/Social Hour (except during retreats)

Click here to listen to Sunday Talks online

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Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem

written by Ben Connelly, MZMC Senior-Priest-in-Training, and published by Wisdom Publications in July 2014

Click here, for more information on Inside the Grass Hut.

Click on the link below to listen to host Jack Rice (950 AM) talking with Ben about his book.
Listen


January Events

Dharma Family Sundays
Coordinated by Susan Nelson
Second and fourth Sundays of each month 11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
This group meets concurrently with Youth Group on the Sundays when Youth Group meets. This group will not meet when retreats are taking place. Please check the calendar.
Click here for more information.

Sitting with Sutras
Saturday, January 10, 12 – 3
with Rosemary Taylor
Cost: $30 members; $35 non-members

Spend a winter afternoon in silent contemplation with some of the great words of Buddhism. We'll read brief passages from the sutras, listening deeply as we prepare to enter into silence with them. Short periods of shared reading will be followed by longer intervals of meditative silence as we quiet our ordinary minds in order to immerse ourselves in the experience underlying the words.

One-Day Retreat
Saturday, January 17
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Cost: $50 members; $65 non-members
Register
Please register five days in advance.

One-Day Retreats are conducted in a contemporary context, without the formal elements involved in sesshin. They include walking and sitting meditation, a dharma talk, one-to-one meetings with the teacher, a vegetarian buffet lunch, and work practice. Meditators at all levels of experience are invited.

Four Noble Truths: How do we walk the path from suffering to peace?
with Ben Connelly
Five Thursdays, January 22 – February 19, 7:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $65 members; $95 nonmembers
Register
Please register five days in advance.

The first and most fundamental teaching of the Buddha is the Middle Way: the alleviation of suffering through compassionate action, meditation and mindful living. The Four Noble Truths of dissatisfaction, its cause, its cessation, and the path to end it explain how and why to practice this Middle Way. In this class we will investigate how suffering is caused by desire and aversion, by wanting things to be other than how they are, and how we can follow the Buddhist Eightfold Path to move towards a deep and quiet joy.

Core Teachings of Dogen, Part Two
with Tim Burkett
Six Wednesdays, January 28 – March 4, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $110 members; $135 nonmembers
Register
Please register five days in advance.

Here is a chance to encounter the teacher who formed the way we practice at MZMC. We will continue our exploration of his teaching in the only comprehensive discussion of his thought: Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist by Hee-Jin Kim and Taigen Dan Leighton. This class is open to anyone who has some exposure to the teaching of Dogen even if you did not take part one.

Volunteer Opportunities: Giving Back in the New Year

Bodhisattva Build: Habitat for Humanity
Minnesota Zen Center will continue its partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity this winter. Join Twin Cities Zen community volunteers to construct a Habitat home with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Your efforts will help a well-deserving family realize the dream of a safe, affordable place to call home. No experience is necessary. Twin Cities Habitat provides all tools, materials, and supervision. Volunteers can register for one or two build days on Saturday, January 31, and/or February 7. Please contact the office if you would like to participate.

Second Harvest Heartland Volunteer Opportunity
Please join us Saturday, February 14, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. working to eliminate hunger at Second Harvest in Golden Valley. Those of us who attended last year enjoyed it and, along side other volunteers, packed hundreds of pounds of food for people in need. This is a family friendly volunteer event open to adults and children over 8 years old (who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Please contact Chris Jones through the MZMC office if you would like to participate.

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.