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The Urban MonkProject

Urban Monk is a Zen inspired secular organization that offers weekly meditation sessions, retreats, contemplative walks, and a two-year training program. 


We are all creative spirits on a living planet, relatives in the mandala of life. What we say think and do matters. What we do today helps shape what tomorrow and the years to come will look like. We can't do great things but we can do small things with great care and love. There are ways of being in the world, time honored, identifiable and learnable that lead to more clarity, more kindness and humility. These ways cut across time and geography. They don't belong to any people or faith or nation but they are in all of us waiting to be realized.

Marc Anderson is the founder and director of The Urban Monk Project. Marc is a musician, teacher, poet, grandfather world-traveler and an ordained Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen lineage. With the help of many generous people and organizations Marc plans and facilitates all of the Urban Monk programs.


Urban Monk is an evolving experiment for living in the day-to-day world of family and work with mindful awareness, kindness and dignity. Urban Monk is personal, communal actualized and a beautiful dream.

651 645 1496

308 Prince Street #250

St. Paul, MN 55101

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