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Maria Kannon Zen Center

Maria Kannon Zen Center

Dear Sangha Members and Friends of MKZC,

May this find you in the fullness of wellbeing in all dimensions!

Allow me to share with you what I had already conveyed in a recent sangha gathering and in other ways, that Maria and I will be relocating our residence from Dallas, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, as of June 2024. I would like to assure everyone that I will continue to be of service and available to our sangha in this path of Zen, with regular attendance at sangha gatherings such as Day of Zen (via zoom), and will be back in Dallas to guide in-person Zen retreats (sesshin) at least twice a year, in late Spring and early December.

With this scenario on the horizon, we are celebrating the assignment of Zen Teacher Helen Cortes, whom we all know as longtime Executive Director of MKZC, as Resident Teacher of MKZC, as she continues to guide the Dallas-based sangha as well as continue to manage our online sangha activities and spiritual practice.

An investiture ceremony for Helen to take on this new role will be held during our Day of Zen scheduled for May 18, 2024, at around noon. You are all invited to come to register and participate in the Day of Zen and be part of the ceremony, or connect on zoom before noon to witness it.

Deep bows of gratitude to all,

With palms joined,
Ruben LF Habito

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.
22 June

Day Of Zen

Time 6:30AM
Cost $40 – $50
Please Register for June 22nd Day of Zen here! https://www.mkzc.org/may-event-registration/

Sitting schedule for 2024

Monday : 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Zendo)
Wednesday, (Hybrid; In person and zoom) 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, (Hybrid; in person and zoom) 10:30 – 12 noon
Day of Zen Schedule: Saturday, 6:30 am to 2:00 pm
June 22

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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

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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

Find Us

Physical Address:

White Rock UMC, Room 201
1450 Old Gate Lane
Dallas, TX 75218

Mailing Address:
PO Box 270494 
Dallas, TX 75227-0494

Opening Hours

Wednesday 7:30–9 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM–12 PM
Monday 12–1 PM

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Please Register for June 22nd Day of Zen here!