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We shall not cease
     from exploration,
And the end of all
   our exploring,
Will be to arrive
   where we started,
And know the place
   for the first time.

                     -T.S. Eliot


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About NZC


NZC FrontWelcome to Nebraska Zen Center - Heartland Temple

Nebraska Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple established for Zen practice. The center follows the tradition established in Japan by Zen Master Eihei Dogen in the 13th century and transmitted to America in this century by two Masters: Rev. Shunryu Suzuki, founder of San Francisco Zen Center and author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Rev. Dainin Katagiri, who assisted Rev. Suzuki in San Francisco and later founded Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Rev. Katagiri was instrumental in establishing Nebraska Zen Center in 1975.

About the Teacher

NoninRev. Nonin Chowaney, OPW, an American Zen Master, is a Buddhist priest trained in the Soto tradition of Zen Master Dogen.  Nonin was ordained by Rev. Dainin Katagiri in Minnesota in 1984 and has studied at Tassajara Zen Monastery in California and in Japan at Zuio-ji and Shogo-ji Monasteries. He received formal Dharma Transmission from Rev. Katagiri and has been certified to teach by him and by the Soto Zen Church in Japan.

Nonin is Abbot of Nebraska Zen Center/Heartland Temple and the Head of the Order of the Prairie Wind.  He is a regular speaker at many schools, colleges, and universities, and leads workshops and retreats throughout the United States. Nonin also chairs the Membership Committee of the American Zen Teachers Association and serves on the Priest Training Committee of the Soto Zen Teachers Association.

Nonin is also an accomplished brush calligrapher.  He learned the art while training in Japan and has been practicing it for many years.  His work hangs in homes and Zen Temples throughout the world.

You can read an interview with Rev. Nonin Chowaney at:

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3625 Lafayette Ave.
Omaha, NE 68131

Phone: (402) 551-9035