Minnesota Zen Meditation Center was formed when the founding head teacher, Dainin Katagiri Roshi, (1928-1990) was invited to come from California in 1972 to teach a small but growing group of Minneapolis students interested in the dharma. After his death, Shohaku Okumura Sensei served as interim head teacher until the installation of Karen Sunna, who had studied with Katagiri Roshi until his death. Succeeding Karen as head priest is Tim Burkett, a long time student of both Katagiri and Suzuki Roshi. Tim became the head teacher on November 1, 2002.
There are many ways to participate, connect, and get to know others at MZMC. Activities include zen meditation (zazen), lectures, work practice (volunteering in a way that’s meaningful for the participant), retreats, classes and workshops on Buddhist studies and daily-life topics, and practice help and support from teachers and sangha members.
While core practice is meditation, Minnesota Zen Meditation Center is a place at which those who are serious about their practice (including priests-in-training) are encouraged to be fully engaged in the larger community through careers, family, or volunteer outreach.
3343 East Calhoun Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55408