September '19 Newsletter

Letter from Seiso Sensei

Dear Lincoln Zen Sangha,

I’ve made the decision to withdraw as your Guiding Teacher. It has been my pleasure to practice and study with you over the past several years and I very much appreciate the sincere intention and inspiration that many of you have brought to the sangha. I’d like to leave you with a few parting words as your individual and group paths evolve. Dogen Zenji our founder has always warned that authentic teachings and true teachers are quite rare. He advises that you are better off without a teacher if you are not receiving guidance and direction from an authentic teacher. Ultimately, through the lived experience of practice, we become our own true teachers. That is why Deshimaru, Roshi asserts: “The experience of zazen undermines all definitions. It wears them out, empties and explodes them. Nothing remains but the absolute reality of lived experience, alone and complete.”

However, being our own teacher is not some wild anything goes attitude. That’s why an authentic teacher is important. S/he provides direction and structure for our own consciousness to evolve as we – to quote my motto: “Just keep practicing no matter what!” I have this motto engraved on my teacher’s staff as a reminder. We just keep practicing with, as Suzuki Roshi notes: “with no gaining mind.” However, let’s not confuse just sitting with no gaining mind as a lackadaisical sitting around doing nothing. Of course, we need to relax without being lax. Dogen advises in Zazengi to “sit as if your head were on fire” and elsewhere, to “sit until you break the cushion.” 

Despite the common ground of shikantaza and the basic teachings of the Soto tradition, which we are part of, each teacher practices his or her own style. Since I practiced and studied with Okumura Roshi, my own instruction is based on his approach to zazen – neither counting nor watching the breath. This is what Dōgen Zenji describes in Eihei-kōroku when he says that inhaling or exhaling are neither long nor short. Katagiri Roshi, the founder of our particular lineage notes that practices such as counting and watching the breath are contrivances. They distract us from the bare reality that Deshimaru refers to. Katagiri describes these contrivances as “decorations.” They function as resistances to seeing the truth of our existence. In shikantaza we face reality directly, head on and fully. So, as you continue on your Dharma Path, individually and as part of a Sangha, please keep these points in mind. Please keep practicing no matter what! Sincere authentic practice will benefit you and the world at large. As you move forward, keep in mind that I am always available for individual guidance and teachings as well as for group classes and retreats. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve LZC. It has been my pleasure and an honor.

For All Beings


Seiso Sensei



Fall Garage Sale

Saturday, 9/21/19, 8:00 AM

We need donations as well as volunteers. Please email us to arrange donations drop-off or pick-up. The volunteer sign-up sheet is at the center or email us to sign up. We need more helpers to clean up after the sale at 4 pm.

Another way to help is by shopping at the sale. We look forward to a successful sale.

Ryaku Fusatsu
Thursday, 9/26/19, 6: 00 PM after meditation

Ryaku Fusatsu, traditionally the Full Moon Bodhisattva Ceremony, is practiced monthly by Zen groups throughout the world. This age-old tradition finds its roots with the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and provides a wonderful occasion to appreciate the precepts in shared group practice. Repentance and renewal of our practice vows are the core themes, which are central and help to keep our practice vital, meaningful and alive.

T-shirts for Sale

We still have a few Lincoln Zen Center t-shirts for sale at the center, $14 each. Available in S, M or L.

Weekly Schedule

5:30 PM Meditation Instruction (for newcomers and first timers)   
6:00 PM Meditation 

8:00 PM Meditation  (newcomer instruction available)

10:00 AM Chanting and Meditation

THURSDAY (9/5 cancelled)
6:00 PM Meditation
Monthly Ryaku Fusatsu, repentance and renewal of vows , after meditation: September 26nd

10:00 AM Chanting and Meditation

10:30 AM Meditation 

*First timers & New Comers
If you are unable to attend the beginner's instruction on Monday nights, please email us to arrange an individual instruction session.


All classes are free and your donations help us continue this service to the community. Suggested donation is $5~$10. 


Due to weather related issues and other reasons, meditation or events (listed in this bulletin) may be canceled occasionally. If you are on our Facebook page, please check for announcements. Additionally, we will attempt to send out a special email ahead of time.
Please contact us for any questions about the schedule and other events

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A Welcoming Community

DANA [DAH-nah] (Donations)

Your donation of $5~$10 each time keeps our door open.  We appreciate your donation.


Monthly on announced Thursdays, see calendar on webpage
We repent and renew our vows through this monthly traditional Buddhist practice.


We encourage you to bring non-perishable food to fill the donation basket at the center. 


We have many past issues of Buddhist magazines free to take. 
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Lincoln, NE 68502

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