Comments from a recent survey, followed by a little more from us about audacious awakening:
A refuge… “Every time I step into a Buddhist setting, I feel a great relief like returning home from a long, exhausting trip . . . I am very grateful to have found Nebraska Zen Center, a true home for me!”
“My wife and I decided to visit NZC for some guidance and peace. We were both nervous, but everyone was so welcoming. It was a breath of fresh air.”
“Being a business owner can be very stressful. I needed to clear my mind and refocus. I attended ‘Introduction to Zen’ at NZC, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I consider the sangha at NZC my family.”
“I found a sense of peace I haven't felt in a long time. I found an accepting and inviting community that I truly value.”
for open-hearted inquiry… “Why do I continue with practice at NZC? Here, I found, is where the rubber meets the road: practice, practice, and more practice. Reading about Zen without practice is like eating without digesting the food.”
“In returning to NZC, I've found two wonderful teachers and a community of practitioners who are welcoming and supportive.”
“You have a wonderful website—articulate and elegant. I enjoy the many talks posted to SoundCloud. Thank you!”
“As I began to learn about zazen and sit with my mind regardless of its acrobatics, I felt my patterns begin to change. Through zazen, I find patience with myself and a heart that continues to open wider. It’s not easy, and that makes it all the more worthwhile.”
and audacious awakening. In our Zen way, we boldly aim to realize the same heart as Shakyamuni Buddha. 2,500 years ago, he sat under the Bodhi tree for seven days; then just before dawn on the eighth day, he looked up, saw the morning star and said, "I together with all beings and the Great Earth attain the Way."
Thousands of people across cultures have awakened to this truth, and then devoted their lives to sharing this realization for the benefit of all living beings.