Lincoln Zen Center exists to support all those who wish to learn how to meditate in the context of Zen Buddhism. You do not have to be Buddhist in order to participate in any of our events and programs. People of all spiritual paths and walks of life are welcomed!
People come together for projects, classes, activities, events, potlucks, fellowship and fun.
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We provide a supportive environment in which centuries-old teachings and traditions complement the creative and caring spirit of contemporary America.
Throughout history, those searching to resolve life’s most important questions have recognized the need to periodically step out of their daily routines and turn all of their energy towards the vital concerns of their existence. Our meditation retreats in Zen tradition involves silent meditation periods, breathing practice, dharma talks and other activities. We divest our mind of all conditioned concepts and imagery, in order to awaken to the true (or enlightenment) nature that is already in each of us. These retreats is for those who are relatively new to Zen; or Zen practitioners who would like to experience a more intensive practice; or those who have not yet begun to meditate. Meditation is scheduled at different lengths with other activities, talks and breaks. Pot-luck type meals are shared.
Ever since Lotus Zen Temple had been established, many people have learned to appreciate its aim and mission by participating in various activities. Events at Lotus Zen Temple are open to people of all walks of life. With the exception of some longer retreats (e.g. weekend retreats and longer sesshins), all activities are free of charge. As the sangha continues to grow, its people continue to take on shared roles of further building the community.
Full members commit themselves to attend more in-depth Zen training, to practice at least once per week and to support the temple with a monthly pledge according to their ability. However, anyone is welcome to become a full member regardless of ability to donate. Associate members with no regular attendance or weekly commitment may want to offer a pledge regularly, occasionally or each time they visit the temple.
In Memory of Yin Hao (Ellen Kamil)
We were deeply saddened upon hearing of Yin Hao’s death at the turn of the new year 2011. We mourn the loss of a highly valued sangha member, dedicated temple board member, friend to so many people in the community and Bodhisattva role model to many sangha members. Ellen joined meditation in summer of 2009, became an avid meditant and received additional Zen training during fall of that year. In February of 2010, she took the Buddhist Precepts and was given the Dharma name Yin Hao (good-hearted seal). Later on in spring, she graciously offered her time and talents by joining the Temple Council (Board of Directors) in the position of treasurer. Her death on New Year's Eve 2010 was a great loss to so many people, including our community. Words cannot adequately express how much she is missed by her family, friends and all of us here at Lotus Zen Temple. A Memorial was held on the first Sunday in the new year of 2011 here at Lotus Zen Temple. Her funeral rites were conducted by our Dharma brothers and sisters of the Order of Hsu Yun in Olympia, near Seattle, Washington.