North Star Dharma Refuge is a temple in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) tradition of Buddhism, as Transmitted by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett (1924-1996).
The priest of the temple, Rev. Bennet Laraway, trained for twelve years at North Cascades
Buddhist Priory. He was ordained by the abbot, Rev. Master Koshin Schomberg, in 2003, received Dharma Transmission from him in 2007, and was
named a Master in 2015. The temple is a member of the Serene Reflection Dharma Association.
Temples exist to provide a safe and quiet environment in the midst of the world dedicated to meditation and training in the Buddhist Precepts. The temple building itself is
a venerable, 100-year-old house in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Click here for a weekly schedule.
There are no fees for participation in any Priory activities; donations, however, are gratefully accepted.
Meditation Instruction Class in Hutchinson
Rev. Bennet is offering an introductory class in Serene Reflection Meditation through Hutchinson's Community Education program.
The class will be offered three times: Tuesday and Thursday, September 12 & 14; Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 & 12; and Monday and Tuesday, November 13 & 14. The
various forms of traditional cross-legged seated meditation on a cushion (zafu) and mat (zabuton) will be covered, as well as the kneeling bench (seiza) and an ordinary chair. Participants
will have the opportunity to find the physical position that
is most helpful for meditation for themselves. Each class will consist of both sitting and walking meditation.
Emphasis will also be given to establishing a regular home meditation practice.
Participants will find it helpful to preview at least the first two meditation instruction videos at
For more information, and to sign up, see the
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
from "The Summer Day," by Mary Oliver