Clouds in Water is a vibrant and inclusive congregation in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition, with a mission to awaken the heart of great wisdom and compassion.


Founded in 1994, we regularly offer meditation, classes, and retreats. We are located in the historic Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, and everywhere via Zoom.

Celebrating 30 Years of Clouds in Water


COVID-19 Community Care Practice 

Masking is currently optional for our Sunday Public Program as well as classes, gatherings and private events unless specified by the teacher. Clouds in Water will continue to offer Zoom/In-person hybrid options for nearly all of our classes and gatherings. We respectfully request that in-person participants are vaccinated/boosted for COVID-19. We will not require proof of vaccination. Thank you for your flexibility and care.


Getting Started in Zen – March 12

Getting Started in ZenTuesday, March 127 – 9pm CTIn-person and on ZoomValue: $25 In this 2 hour workshop you receive all the tools you’ll need to get started on your personal journey in Zen practice. Instruction will be given in zazen meditation, basic Buddhist philosophy, developing a home practice, as well as practicing as part of…

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The Virtue of Patience, March 5 – April 23

The Virtue of Patience,  the antidote to angerOnline Class with Flying Fish MurphyTuesdays, March 5 – April 23, 6:30 – 8 pmOnline Only This 8-week class meets every other Tuesday online.  The class will cover Shantideva’s chapter on Patience from the classic text, The Way of The Bodhisattva.  This text, written over 1,200 years ago, is…

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March Retreat at Ryumonji – March 8 – 10

March Retreat at RyumonjiFriday, March 8th, 5 pm through Sunday, March 10th, 4 pmwith Sosan Flynn and Shoken WinecoffIn Person only. Join us for our first-ever Clouds in Water retreat at Ryumonji Zen Monastery in northeastern Iowa (about 3 hours from the Twin Cities). Ryumonji Monastery is designed from a blueprint of a classic Zen…

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Relaxing into the River of Joy Daylong Retreat – April 6

Relaxing into the River of Joy: a Daylong Retreatwith Koji AcquavivaSaturday, April 6, 9am – 5pm CTIn-person only In this daylong retreat we will forge a connection with the joy and ease which must fuel our practice if we’re to awaken to wisdom and compassion. Practices will be tailored to increase relaxation which in turn…

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The Ten Essential Precepts: April 11 – June 13

The Ten Essential PreceptsThursdays, April 11th-June 13th6:30 – 8: 30 pmTeachers: Sosan, MyoOn, Myoshin and Koji The ten essential precepts are guidelines for how a compassionate being acts in the world. Engaging with these precepts helps us discern whether our actions are beneficial or harmful, wholesome or unwholesome. In this class, we will encourage each…

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Hermitage Practice – April 19-21

Hermitage Practice: Practicing Alone with Support of the SanghaFriday, April 19, 4 pm to Sunday, April 21, 12 pmPacem in Terris Hermitage Retreat Center26399 State Hwy 47, Isanti, MN 55040Registration Deadline: April 5. Pacem in Terris offers a beautiful, quiet, solitary retreat experience to individuals of all faiths. Guiding Teacher Sosan Flynn has engaged in…

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Overview of 2024 Offerings

Click below for an overview of upcoming classes, sesshin, retreats, workshops and more. 2023-2024

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Dharma Talks

Cessation; Good News

Dharma talk by Myo-O Habermas-Scher on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Myo-O Habermas-Scher is a fully ordainedSoto Zen priest, having received transmission in 2012 from Dokai Georgesen, Guiding Teacher at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community.  She began Zen practice in 1975 with Katagiri Roshi, who was her root teacher.  Myo-O recently retired after fourteen years as a staff…

The Legacy of Shin Buddhism, the True Pure Land Tradition

Dharma talk by Gail Wong on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Gail Wong is a 3rd generation (sansei) Japanese American, born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She and her husband live in Eden Prairie where they raised their son and daughter. After working for many years in the graphic production industry she retired in…

Karma as Communication

Dharma talk by Kikan Michael Howard on Sunday, February 4, 2024. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Taking Up the Way – Living the Precepts

Dharma talk by Myoshin Diane Benjamin on Sunday, January 28, 2024. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Engaging Your Life through our Winter/Spring Practice Period 

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Includes history of ango, or practice periods from the Buddha’s time, in Katagiri’s time, and in the history of Clouds. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

The Whole Reality of Human Life

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Includes teachings from Katagiri Roshi in The Light That Shines Through Infinity. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

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