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

Overview of 2022-2023 Offerings

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

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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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Sage Advice: Meditation Instruction through the Ages – Sept 6-27

In this class we will examine the significant treatises on meditation left to us by our Indian and East Asian ancestors. Some instructions are concrete and exacting, some are psychedelic and cryptic, still others are poetic and simple in expressing a basic attitude toward life as the foundation of practice. We will get to witness the different expressions of practice coming from different temperaments, personalities, and cultures spanning the past 2600 years.

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September 2-Day Sesshin – Sept 9-11

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 – Sept 17

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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Council Practice Training – Sept 24

Please consider joining us to learn more about council practice or increase your abilities with the practice. By participating in this training you will be able to share in this process of decision making at Clouds in Water and share your valuable insight with the community at future council meetings.

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Dharma Talks

Don’t You Feel It Too?

Listen with love, move honestly, fearlessly and feel what you feel. Dharma talk by Sosan Flynn and Marcus Young 楊墨 on Sunday, August 7, 2022. There is an experiential part between the talk at the beginning and the discussion at the end that is not included in this recording. Podcast: Play in new window | Download…

Holding Space

Dharma talk by Seigen Johnson on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Realizing Nirvana

Readings and reflections from The Other Shore, Thich Nhat Hanh’s new translation of the Heart Sutra and his commentaries on it. Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, July 17, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Untangling Karma

Dharma talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir on Sunday, July 10, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

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

New To Zen Buddhism?

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

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