A place to rest in the dharma
Milwaukee Zen Center is also known as Kokyo-an, Lake Mirror Hermitage. We're located just minutes from Lake Michigan, whose waters reflect the changing shapes and colors of the clouds just as a mirror perfectly reflects whatever passes before it—without grasping, rejecting or labeling those images. A hermitage is a safe and quiet place to put aside the world of demands and delusions and find rest. MZC offers an opportunity to come together with others to take refuge in the Buddha-nature that each of us already is.

Our members make our practice possible

A stable financial outlook is part of what makes MZC a place to rest in the Dharma. We rely on membership support in order to offer Soto Zen practice, take care of our facilities and teachers, and respond to the changing needs of practitioners.


Won't you join us as a member today? Just choose the membership level that's the best fit for you.


Blue Dragon: $100/month and up
Red Bird: $50/month and up
White Tiger: $30/month and up
Black Tortoise: $10/month and up

Each of our membership levels is named for a spiritual guardian animal from our tradition. That's because our members play such an important role in protecting and encouraging Soto Zen practice in Milwaukee and in the ten directions.

We encourage members to make their monthly gifts automatically, via the PayPal button below or online bill pay programs at their own banks. We'll be able to count on those funds each month, and members don't have to remember to write and send checks.

You'll be supporting activities like these:

  • • Zazen instruction for newcomers to Soto Zen practice
  • • Weekly opportunities to sit zazen together
  • • Weekly dharma book discussion group
  • • Weekly dharma talks from the head teacher or a special guest speaker
  • • Chanting services
  • • Instruction in sewing rakusu (lay robes)
  • • Quarterly newsletters
  • • Ceremonies for weddings, memorials, and taking precepts
  • • One-day and two-day sittings
  • • Practice support for prison inmates
  • • Responses to community requests for a Buddhist presence at interfaith events

To become a member of MZC, please use the buttons below. MZC is registered nonprofit under IRS regulation 501(c)(3), and your donations will be tax deductible.



Membership levels

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Additional information

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