We shall not cease
And the end of all
Will be to arrive
where we started,
And know the place
for the first time.
Practice Period is designed to provide structure for those who wish to intensify their practice and their sangha connections for a specific period of time. Practice Period students commit to intensifying practice in three areas: (1) daily practice at home (sitting and devotional services), (2) regular involvement at the temple (e.g., on Sunday mornings and for work practice), and (3) special events (e.g., sesshins, study groups, and Ryaku Fusatsu). Practice Period students will also keep a daily practice journal and will meet with Nonin as a group two or three times during the period, which will end with Rohatsu Sesshin (Dec. 1-7).
Interested students should write up their Practice Period commitments and turn them in to Nonin. If this is your first Practice Period, speak with Nonin before turning in your commitments.
On Sunday, September 22nd, at 10:00, Nonin will lead a Lay Entrustment Ceremony for Kanho Doug Dittman. It will be held at 10:00. All are invited to attend.
On that morning, we will have our regular Sunday schedule till the end of 9:00 a.m. sitting at 9:25. Then, we will prepare for the ceremony, by which Kanho Doug will be authorized by Nonin as a Lay Soto Zen Buddhist teacher.
Doug has been a student of Nonin’s and a Nebraska Zen Center / Heartland temple member for many years. He has established Tending the Ox Zendo on his Branched Oak Farm in Raymond, Nebraska, north of Lincoln and maintains a regular practice schedule there. Tending the Ox Zendo is affiliated with Nebraska Zen Center / Heartland Temple and will remain so, but Doug will function as the resident teacher there.
Nonin will lead a Dharma Study Class at the temple this Fall. It will meet on four successive Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. till noon, on October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. We'll be examining the dharma as presented in contemporary poetry in English. The class is free to sangha members. The fee for non-members is $15 per class. For further information or to register, either e-mail NZC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-551-9035.
There will be a One-day Sesshin at NZC on October 12th led by Rev. Nonin Chowaney. Fees are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Lower rates are available for those with limited income. For further information or to register, either e-mail NZC at email@example.com or call 402-551-9035.
A three-hour workshop in Zen Meditation for the beginner, including instruction in sitting and walking meditation that harmonizes body, mind and breath.
Taught by Rev. Nonin Chowaney, abbot of Nebraska Zen Center / Heartland Temple at Nebraska Zen Center on Saturday, November 9th, from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. The cost is $20. For further information or to register, either e-mail NZC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-551-9035.
The temple will be closed over Thanksgiving from from Wednesday evening, the 20th, through Saturday evening, the 23rd.
Rohatsu Sesshin, which commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment, will be held from December 1st through the 7th. For further information or to register, either e-mail NZC at email@example.com or call 402-551-9035.