Dharma Family Sundays

Dharma Family Sundays
Coordinated by Susan Nelson
Second Sunday of each month, unless there is a retreat
11:45 am – 12:45 pm, with tea and social time at 11:00 am
This group will not meet when retreats are taking place. Please check the calendar.
By donation; no preregistration required

Dharma Family Sundays is for parents and children of all ages to come together to share the dharma with stories, meditation, songs, activities and food. This is a time for parents to share their practice place with the rest of the family and for children and parents to make connections with others in the Zen community, (not limited to members of MZMC).

The focus will be on sharing the spirit and the joy of the teaching in community, with some sitting and walking meditation, including guided meditation, as well as stories and activities that highlight the ethical and relational aspects of the teaching. Giving, kind speech and action, harmony with our world, and wisdom in our everyday interactions will be major themes, along with fun and fellowship. The group is coordinated by Susan Nelson, with assistance from priests and sangha members.

Zen Buddhist Youth Groups

Co-led by Flying Fish Barbara Murphy, Clouds in Water
Donen Ted O'Toole, Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
2017-2018 year is in progress.
Please contact MZMC for more information.

Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul and Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis are jointly sponsoring a coming-of-age program for youth, ages 12 – 14, during the 2017 – 2018 school year. Activities may include a trip to Hokyoji Zen Practice Community in southeast Minnesota, a spring coming-of-age ceremony, and other special events.

The program will be co-led by Zen priests Flying Fish Barbara Murphy, from Clouds in Water, and Donen Ted O'Toole, Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, both of whom have extensive experience working with Zen youth programs.

Clouds in Water and Minnesota Zen Meditation Center are also cosponsoring the senior high group at Clouds in Water for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The group is led by Zen priest Doan Roessler. Teens ages 15 and up are welcome.

More information is available at:

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.