Upcoming Events

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 online offerings here.

Dharma Discussion

We continue to offer 1/2 hour Dharma Discussions after our Sunday meditation periods. The “sits” are at 9:30 a.m., the discussions at 10:00 a.m.  

The Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center will continue to offer 1/2 hour Dharma Discussions after our Sunday meditation periods. The “sits” are at 9:30 a.m., the discussions at 10:00 a.m.  

On Sunday, October 18, the topic is “What Does It Mean to Live a Spiritual Life”?

On Sunday, October 25, the topic is “Storytelling.” We will spend the half hour telling each other stories, and perhaps talking together about them. A few of us will be prepared with a story to tell; time permitting, others can offer their own stories. These can be stories from the Buddhist tradition, from our favorite children’s books, from our own lives, or from other branches of the rich and ancient oral tradition that ties humans together. Many may relate to the idea of living a spiritual life and/or illuminate aspects of our practice as compassionate human beings. At a minimum, we will get to know each other better through telling stories and discussing them.
Please join us on Zoom for what promises to be two illuminating and enjoyable gatherings. 

Please join us on Zoom for what promises to be a challenging and, we hope, helpful discussion.


Outdoor Sits at Carleton Japanese Garden

Members of the NBMC are meeting for a regular, outdoor sit at the Japanese garden on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:00 pm (weather permitting).  You are invited to come join in the sit.  There is room for people to spread out, with a hut and 2 benches, plus some nearby benches.  You may want to bring your own chair or cushion, as the benches are hard.

So far the weather has been agreeable and the bugs have not been too bothersome!

See this page for location of the garden. (It is north of the Faculty Club Annex and East of Watson Hall, near the intersection of 2nd St and Maple St.  Source: )


Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Speakers

November 1 – Laurel Carrington. (NBMC)
December 13 – Shelly Graf (Common Ground)
January 10 – Patrice Koelsch (Common Ground)
February 7 – Myoshin Kelley (Tergar)
March 7 – Justin Merritt  (NBMC)
May 2 – Ted O’Toole  (Minnesota Zen)