ATTN: From The MWZ Treasurer

January 9, 2020 I’m sorry to report that a computer problem (the operator) lost the records of donations from July 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019. I’m not sure how this happened but a new computer, a new software system and a less than sophisticated computer user can’t account for the loss of information. I’ve checked the back up on the cloud and it too is missing. If anyone has written checks for your donations, or used pay pal, this can be remedied. If you’ve contributed cash and need donation information for tax purposes please contact me and we can discuss how to remedy the situation. My number is 248-797-8150. My email is greg.sherburn@gmail.com. I’m very sorry for this snafu. I will take great care to see that it doesn’t happen again, Greg Sherburn, Treasurer

Three-Hour Mini Retreats

We will hold our mini-retreats on the third Friday of each month from 7-10PM. The suggested donation is $10 and includes tea and snacks. 20-30 minute sittings are interspersed with walking meditation and breaks.

Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation

Classes covering the foundations of Buddhism and Meditation are offered periodically at the Temple. Please contact us or view our calendar for dates.

Sunday Service

The best time to join us if you're new, or the best time to spend time with your Sangha members if you've been around a while. Joins us every Sunday morning for chanting, meditation, and a Dharma talk.

Thursday Night Sitting

Every Thursday evening from 7-8PM we practice Zen meditation. One 45-minute sitting will commence with an evening chant. Some experience with meditation is suggested.

Everyone is welcome here

Muddy Water Zen welcomes everyone from all walks of life and all religious traditions. Whether you are just curious about Buddhism or actively seeking a spiritual path, we encourage you to visit us during one of our services. You may also contact one of our Dharma Teachers with any questions. Muddy Water Zen is a down to earth temple. We strive to live the Buddha's compassionate teaching, knowing that a friendly smile and a welcoming word can open the door to understanding and peace.
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Muddy Water Zen was formed to disseminate and propagate the Dharma, the teachings of Shakymuni Buddha, as recorded in the ancient scriptures, as interpreted and transmitted by the Ancestors, and as experienced personally. Zen Buddhism, with its emphasis on meditation, is a way of cultivating compassion and wisdom through radical acceptance of what is. Meditation becomes an awareness and mindfulness of all that is, moment-to-moment and an appreciation of life in all its manifestations.