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

Sangha Council Practice/Listening Sessions – May 26

The board and the teacher-ryo would like to create more opportunities to build a stronger community. Therefore, for the next several months, we will hold sangha council practice meetings. Also known as talking circles, these meetings are an opportunity to share from the heart your hopes and concerns for Clouds, and for the board and teachers to listen deeply and answer questions that may arise.

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Meeting Our Zen Mother Ancestors – June 8-29

We chant the names of our women Buddhist ancestors at sesshin and services, but how much do we know about them beyond their names? This class will look more closely into the lives and circumstances of some of these ancestors from India, China, Japan, and North America. We will also explore stories from The Hidden Lamp: Stories From Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women and discover how their teaching can inform our practice today.

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Queer Dharma Morning – June 11

Queer Dharma Morning  – A retreat for LGBTQIA & TS people to practice together in the tradition of Zen Buddhism lead by and in the company of others in the queer community.

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Intro to Meditation & Zen Buddhism – June 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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Sangha Council Practice/Listening Sessions – June 25

The board and the teacher-ryo would like to create more opportunities to connect with members in order to build a stronger community. Therefore, for the next several months, we will hold sangha council practice meetings. Also known as talking circles, these meetings are an opportunity to share from the heart your hopes and concerns for Clouds, and for the board and teachers to listen deeply and answer questions that may arise.

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Dharma Talks

The Bodhisattva’s Way

Sunday talk by Laura Gentle Dragon KennedyPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe 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

What is the Great Heart of Wisdom and Compassion?

Sunday talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

Bodhidharma’s Mind of Plainness

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

Buddha is Your Mind

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Stepping Off a 100-foot Pole

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New To Zen Buddhism?

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

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