Because of the pandemic, we will continue to remain closed for sits and events. We make this decision in keeping with the Buddhist commitment to honor and protect all life. We are sitting together online Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Read more about our virtual offerings here.

Dharma Talks

After our Sunday morning sits, we often have guest speakers joining us from all over the world to give a Dharma Talk. Previous talks have ranged in topics and all have been wonderful. We record all talks and make them available under our “Dharma Talks” tab.

Upcoming Dharma Talk – Ted O’Toole

Sunday, May 2
10:00 a.m.

The title of Ted’s talk is:  Bring Me the Rhinoceros.

Ted O’Toole practices in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and is the Guiding Teacher of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.  He was ordained in 2005 by Tim Burkett, and received dharma transmission (permission to teach independently) in 2012.  Ted was a founding member of the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center.  He now lives in St. Paul.

Dharma Discussions

On the Sundays we don’t have a guest speaker, our Sangha engages in Dharma Discussion after our 30 min sit. Our discussions may relate to book readings, Buddhist principles, meditation practice, and others. We always welcome new ideas and volunteers to lead conversations.

Spring Outdoor Sits

There may still be some warmer days to come, and we plan to meet at the Japanese garden at Carleton Tuesdays and Thursdays at a new time: 4:00p.m. We will meet only if the temperature is at around 40℉ or warmer. We might also try doing some walking meditation, if people want. Brisk air can be a good way to inject some energy into your practice!

Practice Period

Practice Period sessions are scheduled on the third Saturday morning of each month from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. Mark Nunberg, the guiding teacher at Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, leads these sessions. 

This year’s Practice Period started Saturday, Feb 20, 2021.

Upcoming Spring 2021 Speakers

April 11 – Shodo Spring (Mountains & Waters Zen & NBMC)
May 2 – Ted O’Toole  (Minnesota Zen)