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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.

  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 use

  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.



Buddha's Teaching

  • Dhammapada, The Sayings of the Buddha

  • The Heart 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…/show/15792605-training-in-compa…#

  • 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

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.  



  • 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

  • Fusatsu Ceremony - PDF

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