Please visit the Retreats page for information on half-day and one-day sittings as well as weekend retreats.

Current for 2019

Sunday mornings, Ongoing for January – April – Lectures and discussion on Suzuki-roshi’s talks compiled by Rev. Ed Brown in Not Always So.

DHARMA TALKS – Monday Evenings

April 8   –  Karen DeCotis: Dogen’s Fascicle: Genjo Koan – Actualizing the Fundamental Point, Part 1
April 15 –  Joe Gaston – Zen Ancestor Linji (Rinzai)
April 22  –  Karen DeCotis Dogen’s Fascicle: Genjo Koan– Actualizing the Fundamental Point, Part 2
April 29  – Karen DeCotis : Introducing Lojong
May 6 – Traditional Practice Evening
May 13 – Wesak Celebration: Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana – see below
May 20 – Wendy Roberts: Zen Ancestor Talk on Mahapajapati
May 27 – Memorial Day – Program TBD
June 3 – Traditional Practice Evening
June 10 – Bill Salsman: Exploring “The Problem and the Paradox” in David Bohm’s, On Dialogue
June 17 – TBD
June 24 – Kerry Neal : Ancestor Iron Grinder Liu
Hold the date : Wednesday, May 22 – an evening with Zen Teacher, Ben Connelly

Go Beyond Mere Mindfulness – books available for sale

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Helpful meditations and exercises show how mindfulness and intimacy can together enrich our empathetic engagement with ourselves and the world around us—with our values, with the environment, and with the people in our lives, in all their distinct manifestations of race and religion, sexuality and gender, culture and class—and lead to a truly engaged, compassionate, and joy-filled life.

Biography: Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and travels to teach across the United States. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Monday,  May 13 –  Wesak: a celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, Buddha’s Enlightenment, Buddha’s Parinirvana. Wonderful for children – includes flower arbor decoration, offerings, chanting and treats! Come by 5:30 pm to decorate, Ceremony at 6:30, refreshments at 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 7 – Buddha’s Enlightenment during 1/2 day sitting

Mondays: Bodhisattva Ceremonies TBD

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