We shall not cease
And the end of all
Will be to arrive
where we started,
And know the place
for the first time.
All are welcome to join us for New Year's Eve services at Nebraska Zen Center. We'll begin at 6:00 p.m. with a Pot-luck Supper followed by Services at 8:00. We'll then sit zazen from 9:00 till midnight, with walking meditation when needed. During sitting, we'll ring the temple bell 108 times to mark the turning of the year.
You may attend during any part of the evening. Come when you like, and leave when you wish.
NZC will be closed from January 1st through the 14th. We will re-open with regular services at 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 15th.
Our Annual Sangha Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m. We will be replacing board Members whose terms have expired and electing Officers for 2014. We will also be reviewing and finishing business from 2013. We encourage all who practice at Heartland Temple to attend this meeting.
Winter Practice Period will begin with February Sesshin on the 8th and 9th and will end with April Sesshin on the 12th and 13th.
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 5th. If this is your first Practice Period, speak with Nonin before turning in your commitments.
There will be a Two-day Sesshin, led by Rev. Nonin Chowaney, at NZC on February 8th-9th. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
A Precept Ceremony signifying Lay Initiation will be offered at Heartland Temple in March, 30th. 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 16th.
Nonin will lead a Dharma Study Class on four successive Saturday mornings, February 22nd, March 1st, 8th, and 15th, 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 email@example.com to register.
There will be a One-day Sesshin at NZC on March 8th. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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, March 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. The fee is $20. For further information or to register, either e-mail NZC at email@example.com or call 402-551-9035.