Meditation, Practice, Community
The Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center (NBMC) aims to:
- cultivate an inclusive spiritual community.
- support the practice of meditation.
- present the teachings of the Buddha.
- promote a spirit of generosity, wisdom and compassion.
We hope you’ll join us as we practice and learn together.
We are a group committed to encouraging one another in the practice of Buddhist meditation. We welcome anyone interested in the practice of meditation, regardless of religious background or affiliation.
Although most meditation centers are rooted in a particular tradition within Buddhism, the NBMC does not claim affiliation with any particular form of Buddhist practice. We welcome practitioners from all Buddhist traditions, as well as those who are simply interested in the practice of meditation. Our dharma speakers, class topics, and library materials represent a variety of Buddhist practice and thought, including Theravadan, Zen, and Tibetan traditions.
At the same time, we find that many individuals profit from practicing within a specific tradition. For this reason, we support these practitioners with special speakers and events. We also encourage those who wish to go further in their practice to seek out a teacher, and we can provide contacts with specific teachers and resources in the Twin Cities area.
We offer a variety of meditation times and programs to support the community in the practice of Buddhist meditation. The Center is regularly open for meditation:
- Weekdays, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
- Thursdays, 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
- Sundays, 9:00 a.m. orientation, 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. sitting
We also have a speaker visit on the first Sunday of each month following meditation. Please check this page or the upcoming events page for more information.
In addition, we offer these other ways to deepen your practice or lean more about Buddhist meditation and philosophy:
- Regular introductory sessions in Buddhist meditation
- A regular schedule of discussion groups, classes, and retreats
- A lending library of books, periodicals, tapes, and compact discs
Supporting the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center
The Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center offers its programming on a system of Dana. The Buddhist tradition of Dana (Pali for “generosity”) asks that people look into their hearts and determine for themselves how they want to contribute to their community.
We have never required a certain financial contribution to participate in our activities, and have left that decision to participants, according to their own sense of generosity and means. The Center depends on this generosity to support the teachings and our place of refuge, which we are so fortunate to have. The Center has non-profit status with the State of Minnesota and all contributions are tax deductible.
Dana baskets are available at the center for cash contributions. You may also contribute online. In addition to financial support, there are other opportunities to participate in this practice of generosity by helping to clean the Center, providing refreshments for events, making posters, and more.
If you are interested in either volunteering to lead sits or otherwise assist with the sangha, please contact us to let us know. We have a signup sheet for those willing to open up the center each weekday. To make a financial or in-kind contribution please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail. Thanks for all your help!
Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center
313 1/2 Division St
Northfield, MN 55057