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

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

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

New To Zen Buddhism?

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

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