The Maria Kannon Zen Center is a non-profit corporation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds and faith traditions or of no faith tradition to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion. The center’s primary commitment is to offer people an opportunity to practice Zen meditation as well as promote an ecumenical haven of diverse meditation forms for practitioners. For members who wish to practice beyond meditation, the Center offers an opportunity to offer their services to the larger community and provide activities with groups of common interests.
Schedule of Events for 2022
Mondays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Effective June 6)
In person only (proof of vaccination required)
Zendo will be closed on the 4th of July.
Tuesdays, 7 pm to 8 pm (CST)
Online only (No meeting from July 1-15)
Sunday, No meeting until end of July.
Saturdays, 10:30 am to 12: 00 noon
((proof of vaccination required)
Aug. 30 - Sept. 5 (Labor Day Weekend Sesshin)
Dec. 5-11 (Rohatsu Sesshin)
Introduction to Meditation
Orientation is offered in three sessions:
1) Fundamentals of Zen Practice
2) Fruits of Zen Practice
3) Introduction to private interview (dokusan) with the teacher
We Are All Refugees: Seeking Our True Home
Watch/listen to Ruben Habito's dharma talk for Tricycle Magazine on grappling with the insecurity, conflict, and violence in today's global society, and how our zen practice can open a way for us to engage the world in compassion.
The Practice of Zen
As we look around us, we see how there is so much woundedness on different levels, individual, social and ecological. Some of us may already be engaged in tasks of social change or in some form of ecological action, yet in all this we also come to realize that there is a deeper wound we each need to address. Deep within, we realize that what we seek is our own peace within ourselves, as well as with one another.
Zen practice offers very concrete guidelines toward a realization of our connectedness with mountains and rivers, with every sentient being, with all that there is. This realization of our connectedness with one another is the key to healing ourselves, and to healing our Earth.
– Ruben Habito