We are a Zen practice community dedicated to discerning all things in view of enlightenment, and putting such a unitive awareness into practice in the midst of the revaluated world. Everyone interested in living a life of meaning and inquiry is welcome at NZC, regardless of ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or history at NZC.
What We Do: Wholehearted Training, Engaged Living “Wholehearted Training” is about zazen (Zen meditation) and study. We offer daily zazen, frequent intensive retreats (sesshin), and dharma study, especially of Zen Master Dogen’s works, but also the work of other Zen teachers, and essential sutras for Zen training. Click here.
“Engaged Living” suggests the “so what?” test. If our practice isn’t making a difference in our daily life and the world, so what? Life in the swirl of the world is the buddha field for actualizing this incredible dharma.
Our purpose is to establish a dynamic community with a culture of inquiry, training and transmitting the Soto Zen of Katagiri Roshi and James Myoun Ford Roshi.
Ethical Principles At Nebraska Zen Center (NZC), we aspire to treat each other with respect, warmth, compassion and kindness. To read more, see the attachment below.
The Nebraska Zen Center is one of the oldest Zen groups in the country, founded by Dainin Katagiri Roshi in 1975. The organization was formally incorporated as a nonprofit on March 17, 1977. Katagiri Roshi visited the group several times a year for over a dozen years.
According to the Omaha World Herald, NZC had 40-50 members in 1978. Gordon Becker, a student of Katagiri Roshi, was a central member of the group through the 1970's and 80's and offered his home near UNO for practice. Eventually the group even built a zendo in his backyard.
NZC moved to its present location in the Bemis Park neighborhood in 1992. Nonin Chowaney was the head priest until he retired in July of 2016. Dosho Port Roshi is the current head priest and co-teaches with Zen priest and head of zendo, Tetsugan Zummach Osho (click here for more about them).