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).

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 can't attend the Introduction generally stay and enjoy the talk in the main hall instead. Donations are gratefully accepted.

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.

If you are visiting MZMC to fulfill a class requirement, we suggest attending the talk in the main hall on Sunday at 10 a.m. or Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Check out the wonderful new MZMC Primer Series!

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.

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)

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June Events

June Weekend Sesshin
with Ted O'Toole
Friday June 12 at 7 pm through Sunday June 14 at 4 pm
Cost for two-day option: $85 members; $110 nonmembers
Cost for one-day option: $50 members; $65 nonmembers
Hours for full days: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm
All participants should plan to attend the orientation on Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m.
Please register five days in advance.

At this formal meditation retreat, we follow the forms and rituals used in the Soto Zen tradition for centuries. The sesshin includes zazen, kinhin (walking meditation), liturgy, dharma talks, formal vegetarian meals using oryoki, dokusan (one-to-one meetings with the teacher), and work practice.

Ordination Ceremony for Mark Turbak
Friday, June 19, 7 pm

Please join us this coming Friday as Ted O’Toole ordains Mark Turbak as a priest in the Soto Zen tradition. Mark has been a part of our community for many years. He has served us as doan and Work Practice Coordinator, and created our connection with Habitat for Humanity. We are very pleased to celebrate Mark and his transition into a period of more intense training and service. The ceremony begins at 7, and it will be followed by tea and social time.

Done in the centuries-old traditional style, the priest ordination ceremony have long been one of the sangha’s favorite events. It provides a warm sense of connection and community and inspires people to deeper practice and commitment.

July Events

MZMC will be closed July 4, 2015

Core Teachings of Dogen, Part Three
with Tim Burkett
Six Wednesdays, July 8 – August 12, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $110 members; $135 nonmembers
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 parts one and two.

One-Day Retreat: In stillness, the mind reflects reality perfectly.
July 18 with Wanda Isle
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Cost: $50 members; $65 nonmembers
Please register five days in advance.

A poetic expression for Zen meditation is "Silent Illumination." The theme for this retreat will focus around the actual gesture of returning the mind, over and over, to the stillness from which insight arises. During late afternoon sessions, when even the most sincere intention tends to wane, Wanda will offer intermittent guided meditation to support your commitment to a day of stillness.

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.

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.