Thank you for your interest in the Lincoln Zen Center and meditation! We look forward to meeting you!
A few things to help you prepare for your first meditation with us:
Please watch this video before coming to an introductory class.
Please wear muted colors and loose fitting clothing.
Please mute cellphones, or leave them in your car.
Handout as a summary/reminder for your individual
Chants for before and after the meditation
The sessions are offered without a set cost, as they are considered priceless. However, we practice the paramita of Dana, or generosity, and give what we can in order to sustain our practice. Your generous donations support our ongoing offerings to the community. Please see our Donate page for details.
Dhammapada, The Sayings of the Buddha
The Hear of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
From the Heart and Mind of Masters
Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama
On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind by Taizan Maezumi (Editor), Bernie Glassman (Editor)
The Method of No Method by Master Sheng Yen
Zen Keys by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Returning to Silence by Dainin Katagiri
Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen by Kazuaki Takahashi (editor)
Mushotoku Mind: The Heart of the Heart Sutra by Taisen Deshimaru and Richard Collins
Put Teachings into Actions
Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer
Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Tenshin Reb Anderson
A list of 33 recommended books from Roshi James Ford
The zen center has a library that houses a rich selection of Buddhism books. Members that come to group practice on a regular basis are eligible to check out books for free. Please limit to one book at a time and be responsible for returning after a month.