About Us

Mid City Zen was founded by Kogen Keith and Lauren Dito in 2010. In the middle of 2011, they converted the front rooms of their Mid City shotgun into a meditation hall with a schedule of daily sitting.
In November of 2011, two priests came from the San Francisco Zen Center to lead Mid City Zen in formal practice.
MCZ’s Purpose
MCZ’s purpose is to offer the practice of Zen Buddhism to all who are interested. Please take advantage of whatever you find helpful.
  • The zendo (meditation hall) and our schedule of meditation.

  • Study groups with the Sangha, the community of people walking this path together.

  • The guidance of our resident priest, Michaela.

  • Dharma talks by Michaela and visiting teachers.

  • Classes on Buddhism and Zen practice.

  • Half-day, weekend, and eventually week long retreats.

About  Rev. Michaela

Rev. Michaela O’Connor Bono is a student of Ryushin Paul Haller and has been practicing Zen since 2003. After evacuating New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Bono lived and trained at both Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Rev. Bono was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in September 2010. She is a co-founding board member of the US chapter of Sakyadhita, the internationally renowned association of Buddhist women. She is also on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an organization of Buddhists dedicated to radical social change.


Mid City Zen also has several Socially Engaged Buddhist programs including teaching meditation in prisons and jails.  Support for this has been made possible by individual supporters and the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism (fredericklenzfoundation.org).  If you would like to donate to this initiative just make a note "prisons" in the Paypal memo when you donate on this site.

Mid City Zen | New Orleans LA | midcityzennola@gmail.com