Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
This center stemmed from the 1960s, when a group of individuals
in Minneapolis met together to practice zazen (Zen
meditation). One of the students was Sekijun Karen Sunna, the
center’s current head priest. They soon developed an association
with the San Francisco Zen Center, and its assistant priest
Dainin Katagiri Roshi visited them on several occasions. In
1972, the group invited Katagiri Roshi to become leader of
their new Zen Center. He accepted, and the Minnesota Zen
Center was formed in January 1973.
Dainin Katagiri Roshi was born in Japan in 1928 and became
a Zen monk in 1946. He trained at Eiheji Monastery, the
original center of the Soto Shu sect. He came to the United
States in 1963 to work with the North American Zen Buddhist
Church, the Japanese-American Soto group, and was assigned
to their Los Angeles temple. Five months later he was sent to
San Francisco to assist Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at both the San
Francisco temple (Sokoji) and the independent San Francisco
Zen Center. While there he assisted in the opening of the Tassajara
Zen Mountain Center.
Since coming to Minneapolis, Katagiri Roshi has attracted
students from across the Midwest and has visited various
groups interested in Zen. Groups affiliated with the Minnesota
Center have been established in Manhattan, Kansas; Iowa City,
Iowa; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1978 the center purchased 280 acres near Houston, Minnesota,
which offers meditation, classes and lectures as well as
retreats. Since Katagiri Roshi’s death in 1990, Sekijun Karen
Sunna has acted as head priest. Address 3343 E. Calhoun
Pkwy., Minneapolis, MN 55408. Website http
Minnesota Zen Center. httpwww.mnzenctr.com. March 8,

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