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 be masked and vaccinated.


Sunday Dharma Talks and Meditation 1/16 - 1/30 will be on Zoom only.


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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CANCELLED Loving Kindness Sesshin – Feb 11-13

Clouds in Water Zen Center wishes to keep our community as safe as possible in the midst of COVID-19, and will be cancelling this sesshin. On Sunday February 13, Sosan Flynn will be offering the Dharma Talk during the Sunday Public Program and will be teaching about Loving Kindness.

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Intro to Meditation & Zen Buddhism – Feb 19

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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March Sesshin – Mar 11-13

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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Dharma Talks

The Four Mantras

Dharma talk by Myoshin Diane Benjamin on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Buddhist Themes Through a BIPOC Lens

Dharma talk by Busshin Carol Iwata, Keika Karin San Juan, Marcus Young 楊墨, GyokuJun Didi Koka, Zenzele Isoke and Felicia Sy on Sunday, April 18, 2021. A panel of our Clouds in Water Race, Love and Liberation LAB, plus some of the facilitators of our Black, Indigenous and other People of Color Sitting Group, talk…

Reopening Clouds in Water

Dharma talk by Toku Cynthia Scott on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-04-04: The Place of Hope in Buddhist Practice

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, April 4, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-28: Refuge

Dharma talk by Shodo Spring on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Work-Practice opportunities at Mountains and Waters Alliance, April -June 2021. April-June, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-21: Things Disappear

Dharma talk by Myo-O Habermas-Scher on Sunday, March 21, 2021. 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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