Clouds In Water Zen Center

 

A vibrant urban community in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition dedicated to awakening the heart of great wisdom and compassion. We welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths.

 

Please note: in accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, we now require all people who enter our building to wear a face mask.

 

Join us in person for meditation on weekdays and on Sunday mornings for meditation and the weekly Dharma talk. Click on the "Join Us" tab above for the full schedule.

You can also join our Online Zendo on Zoom

Classes

Teen Practice – Oct 17-Apr 17

Inspired by the Buddhist Pali tradition and concept Kalyāṇa-mittatā “admirable friendships”, Teen Practice will explore the intersections of American Buddhist origins and communities, art, and the environment. We will enter into each theme guided by the curriculum (developed by Flying Fish Murphy and Kikan Howard) on interconnectedness, impermanence, and the Four Divine Abodes.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – Oct 16

This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation.

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November Half-Day Sesshin

Sesshin, which means “collecting the heart/mind”, provides a rare chance to step into a sanctuary of stillness, to close the door for a little while on the cacophony, and to appreciate the freedom and spaciousness of life in the present. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, we hope you will consider joining this wonderful practice.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – Nov 20

This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation.

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Dharma Talks

Vow is Life’s Energy

Dharma talk by Myo On Susan Hagler on Sunday, October 3, 2021. The first couple of minutes were not recorded. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

A Pep Talk!

Dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

What does it Mean to Practice with No Self?

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Drawing from Dogen’s fascicle “The Awesome Presence of Active Buddhas,” Thich Nhat Hanh’s famous poem “Call Me By My True Names,” and Case 8 in the Gateless Barrier koan collection, Sosan helps us to awaken who we are beyond our ideas of our self.…

Taking Care of the Elephant

Dharma talk by Daishin Smith on Sunday, September 5, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

The Healing Power of Community

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, August 29, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Ways of Knowing

Dharma talk by Marc Anderson on Sunday, August 22, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

New To Zen Buddhism?

Learn about practicing at Clouds in Water and read some basic advice on meditation.

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