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.

 

Beginning May 1, Clouds in Water will be offering an in-person Orientation and Intro to Meditation every Sunday from 8:30-8:50am CT in the Zendo. Masks required for Sunday program. 

Classes

Sangha Council Practice/Listening Sessions – June 23

The board and the teacher-ryo would like to create more opportunities to connect with members in order to build a stronger community. Therefore, for the next several months, we will hold sangha council practice meetings. Also known as talking circles, these meetings are an opportunity to share from the heart your hopes and concerns for Clouds, and for the board and teachers to listen deeply and answer questions that may arise.

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Hokyoji Sesshin – The Other Shore: Teachings on the Heart Sutra – July 11-17

We are excited to once again offer sesshin at the beautiful Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, located among the forested hills of southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles from the Mississippi River. At this retreat, we will be diving deeply into the teachings of the Heart Sutra, guided by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation of the sutra, and his commentary on it.

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August 1-day Sesshin – Aug 12-13

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 & Zen Buddhism – August 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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Overview of 2022-2023 Offerings

Click below for an overview of upcoming classes, sesshin, retreats, workshops and more. 2022 2023

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Dharma Talks

What Does Good Look Like

Dharma talk by Daishin Smith on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Living by Vow

Dharma talk by Shodo Spring on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Generosity

Dharma talk by Myoshin Diane Benjamin on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Zen as a Pathway of Devotion

Dharma talk by Bishal Karna on Sunday, June 12, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Dharma Talk on the Metta Sutta

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, June 5th, 2022. Sosan provides commentary and explanation of the Metta Sutta- otherwise known as the Loving Kindness Sutra. It includes a reflection/guided meditation on self empathy and wisdom from various translations of the sutra.  Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS…

The List of (Not-So) Repulsive Things

Guided meditation and dharma talk by Daishin Smith on Sunday, May 29, 2022. The dharma talk begins at about 7 minutes and 10 seconds. 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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