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

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

The Dharma of Gender Identity

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Stopping, Calming, Resting, Healing

Dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The reading is from the book The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh. 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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