Sunday Talks

Most dharma talks and some special events are recorded. Click here for a list of Sunday talks that you can listen to and download.

Recordings of Katagiri Roshi's lectures

Many of Katagiri Roshi's lectures were recorded, and we have most of the original audiotapes. In an effort to preserve these treasures, Andrea Martin is coordinating the daunting task of digitizing them. The results are amazingly crisp and clear, especially considering that many of the tapes are over 20 years old! Many thanks to Andrea; it is a great blessing to be able to hear Katagiri's voice along with his teachings. Click here to view talks and listen.

Saturday Service

At MZMC, we have a short service after morning zazen. (On Tuesday mornings it's a bit longer, and on Saturday mornings we have a long service that includes the Metta Sutra and the names of all the male and female teachers in our lineage.) The standard weekday morning service is included here, along with some of the other chants we use during longer services or sesshin.

Listen to the Ancestors Chant from the Saturday Morning Service by clicking on the link below.
MZMC Ancestors Chant Saturday Service


We have many wonderful books for people at any stage of Buddhist practice, from those who are just beginning to those who looking for a more in-depth examination of the teachings.

Currently MZMC's library includes materials in the following categories:

  • General Buddhism
  • Works by and about Dogen
  • Zen Buddhism
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Comparative Religion and Western philosophy
  • Buddhist Art and Culture
  • Special non-circulating books
  • Periodicals
  • CDs of dharma talks

Circulating materials are available for one-month checkout to MZMC members. Non-members are welcome to use the materials while at MZMC.

The library is located in the basement; look for the red door at the bottom of the stairs.

We also strive to acquire new books for our collection, and since funds are always tight donations are greatly appreciated. If you want to donate books to the library, we have a few requests:

  • We limit our selections to Buddhist-related subjects only. Please do not bring in books on other topics, no matter how great they may be.
  • We are especially looking for books published within the last 10 years. We have a substantial collection of books dating from the early days of the Zen Center and many new and easier to understand translations have been published recently, not to mention all the great books by contemporary Buddhist teachers.
  • Along those lines... we are particularly interested in stocking the books written by the dharma heirs and students of Katagiri Roshi.

To donate money to the library, please leave it in the dana basket (donation box) located in the library. All funds collected in the library go to purchase new books.

A notebook is located next to the library's check-out book for suggestions or comments on books that the library should stock, and other ideas about the library's collection. We use these comments to enhance our collection, and look forward to hearing from everyone.

Wish List

We've created an Amazon wish list with books that would be good additions to the library. You can search for "MN Zen Center" on the wish list page at Amazon, or click here to go to the page.

To make sure we don't get duplicate donations, use the "Add To Cart" button on the wish list page and check out. You'll be able to select our address to have it shipped directly to the Zen Center. If you have a book on this and want to donate it, click on the "Buying this gift elsewhere?" link. Thank you!

Please don't hesitate to email with any questions or suggestions.

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.