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Monthly Events


Monthly Events

Precept Ceremony
Nonin during Lay Initiation Ceremony
1-14 NZC Closed
19 Dainin Katagiri's Birthday
26 Zen Master Dogen's Birthday
27 Precepts Ceremony (What is Ryaku Fusatsu?)
8 Buddha's Parinirvana
6 Annual Sangha Meeting
13 Winter Practice Period Begins
13-14 Two-day Sesshin
21 Rakusu Sewing Begins
24 Precepts Ceremony (What is Ryaku Fusatsu?)
27 Dharma Study Class Begins
1 Dainin Katagiri's Memorial Day
6 World Peace Ceremony/Group Discussion
12 One-day Sesshin
23 Precepts Ceremony (What is Ryaku Fusatsu?)
30 Lay Initiation Week  

NZC Closed

NZC will be closed from January 1st through the 14th. We will re-open with regular services at 9:00 am on Friday, January 15th.

Annual Sangha Meeting

Our Annual Sangha Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. We will be replacing board Members whose terms have expired and electing Officers for 2016. We will also be reviewing and finishing business from 2015. We encourage all who practice at Heartland Temple to attend this meeting.

Winter Practice Period Begins

Winter Practice Period will begin with February Sesshin on the 13th and 14th and will end with April Sesshin on the 16th and 17th.

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 Precept Ceremonies. Practice Period Students also commit to keeping a daily practice journal and to periodic Practice Period Group meetings.

Interested students should write up their Practice Period commitments and turn them in to Nonin before February 4th. If this is your first Practice Period, speak with Nonin before turning in your commitments.

Two-day Sesshin led Rev. Nonin Chowaney

There will be a Two-day Sesshin, led by Rev. Nonin Chowaney, at NZC on February 13th-14th. Fees are $40 per day for members and $50 for non-members. Lower rates are available for those with limited income. Call (402) 551-9035 or e-mail to register.

Rakusu Sewing Begins

A Precept Ceremony signifying Lay Initiation will be offered at Heartland Temple on Sunday, April 3rd. Anyone interested in participating should talk to Nonin.

Nonin suggests the following guidelines for considering this step: a commitment to zazen, a commitment to study with a teacher, a commitment to sangha, and a commitment to dharma study. Rakusu sewing begins February 21st.

Dharma Study Class

Nonin will lead a Dharma Study Class on four successive Saturday mornings, February 27th, March 5th, 12th, and 19th, from 10 a.m. till noon. The subject for study will be announced later. The class is free to members. The fee for non-members is $15 per class. Call (402) 551-9035 or e-mail to register.

One-day Sesshin

There will be a One-day Sesshin at NZC on March 12th. Fees are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Lower rates are available for those with limited income. Call (402) 551-9035 or e-mail to register.