June '19 Newsletter

Monthly Teaching from Seiso Sensei:


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.”

~Taisen Deshimaru, Roshi


Soto Zen teachers practice and teach in various ways. Some teach breath-counting, others teach following the breath. Still others teach shikantaza or “just sitting". Okumura Roshi notes: 


”Each teacher practices his or her own style. Since I am a disciple of Uchiyama Roshi, my own instruction is based on his approach to zazen – neither counting nor watching the breath.


 It is clear, as recorded in Eihei-kōroku, Dōgen’s Extensive Record, that this is what he is teaching when he says that inhaling or exhaling are neither long nor short. Following Dōgen’s teachings through my studies and practice with Okumura Roshi, I practice and teach shikantaza. From this perspective techniques such as counting or watching the breath function as contrivances that distract the practitioner from the bare reality that Deshimaru Roshi refers to in the above quote. Katagiri Roshi describes these other techniques as “decorations.” They function as resistances to seeing the truth of our existence. In shikantaza we face reality directly, head on and fully. Katagiri Roshi writes: 


“In Zen you find many things about yourself that you never noticed before, things that you did not want to see, so you hide them under many layers and decorations.”  


We can easily rationalize the layers that Katagiri speaks of by misusing techniques, such as breath-counting, breath following, visualizations or guided meditations. We use them in a well-intentioned and sincere manner, but they often operate unconsciously as resistances that block what will sooner or later emerge from the alaya or storehouse consciousness if we simply practiced shikantaza without decoration. This is the key to our own truth. So, the idea with practice is to simply sit without attachment, aversion or expectation for an outcome; simply returning to the present moment over and over again, or as Okumura Roshi notes: “billions of times!” The outcome will happen by itself and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

For All Beings




Ryaku Fusatsu
Thursday, 6/27/19, 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.

Morning Meditation 
Wednesday and Friday Morning meditation sessions are cancelled for June. 

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)

6:00 PM Meditation (June 20th & June 27th)
Meditation will be start at 7:10 PM on June 6th & June 13th

Monthly Ryaku Fusatsu, repentance and renewal of vows after meditation: June 27th

10:30 AM Meditation

Dharma Service after meditation: June 23rd
*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.
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DANA [DAH-nah] (Donations)

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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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