NEWCOMERS

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:

  1. Please watch this video before coming to an introductory class (email us to make an appointment if you cannot come to the group instruction on Monday at 5:25 PM).

  2. Please wear muted colors and loose fitting clothing.

  3. Please mute cellphones, or leave them in your car.

  4. Handout as a summary/reminder for your individual 

  5. 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.

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS

From the Heart and Mind of Masters

  • Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1010952.Opening_the_Hand_of_Thought?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=1IOTwdxnHq&rank=1

  • On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind by Taizan Maezumi (Editor), Bernie Glassman (Editor)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/948837.On_Zen_Practice?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=3zYGHjzGtL&rank=2#other_reviews

  • The Method of No Method by Master Sheng Yen

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18951940-the-method-of-no-method?from_search=true&qid=yuXG3N2vt6&rank=1

  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/402843.Zen_Mind_Beginner_s_Mind?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=pzBVMkDzhM&rank=1

  • Returning to Silence by Dainin Katagiri

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/155240.Returning_to_Silence?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=TftjsYhJY1&rank=1

  • Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen by Kazuaki Takahashi (editor)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41464.Moon_in_a_Dewdrop?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=dvFGy7ZqyT&rank=1

  • Mushotoku Mind: The Heart of the Heart Sutra by Taisen Deshimaru and Richard Collins

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14645575-mushotoku-mind?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=RijYPtkoZx&rank=1

 

Put Teachings into Actions

  • Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer

https://www.goodreads.com/…/show/15792605-training-in-compa…#

  • Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13239373-living-by-vow…

  • Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Tenshin Reb Anderson

​https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32066078-being-upright?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=x9seD2nXn1&rank=2

Additional Readings

 

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.  

      

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Buddhism in a nutshell - PDF

  • FAQs - PDF

  • Orientation to Zen Meditation - PDF

  • Vocations - PDF

  • Lineage - PDF

  • Koans and Mondos - PDF

  • The Way to the Precepts - PDF

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