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).

  2. Please wear muted colors and comfortable clothing

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


The teachings are offered without 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.


  • Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama

  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

  • Returning to Silence by Dainin Katagiri

  • Zen: Simply Sitting by Philippe Coupey

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

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

  • A list of 30 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.  



  • 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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