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.

 

We are now 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

Rohatsu Community Ceremony: December 11, 9 – 10:30 am

Join us on Sunday morning, December 11, as we celebrate the day Buddha’s Enlightenment together!All are welcome, no registration necessary.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – December 17

Intro to Meditation & Zen Buddhismwith Myoshin Benjamin Saturday, December 179am-11:00am 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…

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Intention and Vow Workshop – Dec 31

Intention and Vow Workshopwith Guiding Teacher Sosan FlynnSaturday, December 319 – 11 am CT In-person and on Zoom Contribution: “Our present direction is clearly defined but without having a goal. When we stop projecting goals and hopes in the future, and refuse to be led around by them, yet work to clarify our lives, that is, the “direction”…

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Mindfulness in Daily Life – Jan 11 – Feb 8

Mindfulness in Daily Lifewith Myoshin BenjaminJanuary 11 – February 8Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.In Person and on Zoom Contribution: “Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present. It is the continuouspractice of touching life deeply in every moment.” Thich Nhat Hanh In this class, we will support each other in cultivating this…

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One Day Sesshin – January 14

One Day Sesshinwith Myoshin BenjaminJanuary 13, 7 – 9 pm and January 14, 6:30 am – 9pm CTIn-person and on Zoom Contribution: 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…

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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

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

A Mother’s Advice

Dharma talk by Taizan Alford on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Sitting in the Arms of the Ancestors

Dharma talk by Myoshin Diane Benjamin on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Way Seeking Mind Talk and Case #11 from the Book of Serenity

Dharma talk by Fukutoku Ann Morishita on Sunday, April 24, 2022. The dense web of myriad forms is so precipitous;Passing through beyond location blocks the eyes.Sweeping out his garden – who has the strength?A boat crosses a rustic ford, wet with autumn’s aquamarine,Sailing into the reed flowers shining on the snow, bright.With a bolt of silk,…

All Beings Are Born Simultaneously With Buddha

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, April 17, 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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