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.

Classes

Relaxing into the River of Joy: a Daylong Retreat – Feb 4

with Koji AcquavivaSaturday February 4, 9am – 5pm CTIn-person and on Zoom In this daylong retreat led 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 helps us want to practice…

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Enlightenment for Everyone – Feb 2 – 23

Enlightenment for Everyonewith Sosan FlynnTHURSDAYS, February 2 – 23, 7-8:30pm CTIn person and on Zoom Does the culmination of Buddha’s teaching seem unattainable to you? While it’s true that there is nothing to attain, it’s also true that we can sometimes feel unworthy or unable to fully engage the practice and realize the Buddha Way.…

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February Loving Kindness Sesshin – Feb 10 – 12

February Loving Kindness 2 Day Sesshinwith Sosan FlynnFebruary 10, 7 – 9pm, February 11, 6:30 am – 9pm, and February 12. 6:30 – 5pm CTIn-person and on Zoom 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,…

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – Feb 15

Intro to Meditation & Zen BuddhismWednesday, February 157 – 9pm CTIn-person and on ZoomValue: $25 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…

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Zen Cooking Class – March 4

Zen Cooking ClassSaturday, March 4, 1 – 6pm CTIn person only This class is a fundraiser for Clouds in Water! There will be three components of our time together: The first component will consist of Myo On sharing her experiences as a tenzo (temple cook) during the 40+years she has had the opportunity to step into this…

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Spring Practice Period – March 5

Spring Practice Period: Understanding Your Life Through the Practice of Zenwith Sosan Theresa FlynnThursdays, March 9 – 30, 7 – 8:30 pm(plus opening and closing ceremonies Sundays March 5 and April 2, 9 – 10:30 am) The beautiful teachings and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism can help us live our lives with joy, ease, creativity,…

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Overview of 2023 Offerings

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

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Dharma Talks

Enlightenment for Everyone

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Books referred to in the talk, The Book of Householder Koans and Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Zazen Is Having the Heart of a Child

Dharma talk by Koji Acquaviva on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Doing As We See Fit

Dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen on Sunday, January 8, 2023. Links from talk: Neither Monk Nor Layman: Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese Buddhism by Richard M. Jaffe; Detachment and Compassion in Early Buddhism by Elizabeth J. Harris. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Dukkha and Sukkah and Vedanā – Oh My!

Dharma talk by Kikan Howard on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Buddha Teaches the Children

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, December 25, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Reconciliation: Returning to a Dynamic State of Unity, Harmony and Peace

Dharma talk by Fukutoku Ann Morishita on Sunday, December 18, 2022. 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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