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.

 

Please note: in accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, we require all people who enter our building to wear a face mask.

 

Join us in person for meditation on weekdays and on Sunday mornings for meditation and the weekly Dharma talk. Click on the "Join Us" tab above for the full schedule.

You can also join our Online Zendo on Zoom

Classes

Rohatsu Sesshin – Dec 5-12 or 10-12

Zen Buddhists around the world sit in meditation the first week in December to commemorate and re-enact the enlightenment of the Buddha. You are welcome to join us as we sit together.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – Dec 18

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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Intention & Vow Workshop – Jan 2

In this workshop, we’ll clarify what direction we’re guiding ourselves in our life. It is not like a New Year’s Resolution, which never comes to fruition, and it is not about “goals.” Instead, we will clarify our heart’s desire.  

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January 1-day Sesshin – Jan 8

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 and Zen Buddhism – Jan 15

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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Meditation, Mindfulness, Love & Tenderness – Jan 20-Feb 17

In this class, we’ll learn about the Zen Buddhist practices of meditation and mindfulness, loving-kindness and self-compassion, and how to be in a turbulent world with tenderness towards ourselves and all beings. This is a great class if you’re new to Buddhist practice (but you are also welcome to attend if you already know a thing or two.)

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Dharma Talks

Satsujo’s Freedom

Sunday talk by Florence CaplowPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Practicing Transitions with Wisdom

Sunday talk by Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

A Tectonic Shift

Sunday talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Poor and Disadvantaged?

Sunday talk by Ken Ford Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

The Bodhisattva’s Way

Sunday talk by Laura Gentle Dragon Kennedy Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

The Active Dharma Wheel

Sunday talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn 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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