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 Talk – Mindfulness and Intimacy
Ben Connelly (Minnesota Zen)

Sunday, September 13
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Mindfulness is an ancient and powerful practice of awareness and nonjudgmental discernment that can help us ground ourselves in the present moment, with the world and our lives just as they are. But there’s a risk: by focusing our attention on something (or someone), we might always see it as something other, as separate from ourselves. To close this distance, mindfulness can be paired with a focus on intimacy, community, and interdependence.

About Ben Connelly: Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, travels to teach across the United States, writes for Tricycle magazine, and is author of three books for Wisdom Publications. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Zoom Access : Connect with us by following this link:  https://zoom.us/j/357717486.  The required password is med followed by the five digits of our area code.


Practice Period with Mark Nunberg

September 19
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

See the NBMC Practice Period group for more information on subject and details about connecting: https://groups.google.com/g/nbmc-practice-period


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

September 13 – Ben Connelly (Minnesota Zen)
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)