About Us

Who We Are

Louisville Zen Center (LZC), formerly known as Louisville Zen Group, is a sitting group (meditation practice community) of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the practice of Zen in the United States. Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of Rochester Zen Center, authored The Three Pillars of Zen, The Zen of Living and Dying, and other titles


Our Purpose

Since our establishment in 1999, our aim has been to help men and women from every walk of life establish, maintain, and deepen Zen meditation practice, cultivate mindfulness, develop a zazen 'temper of mind' (or the ability to approach situations with greater equanimity, clarity, and responsiveness), and integrate insights gained through Zen practice into the everyday life of family, work, and community.


Louisville Zen Center activities are open to the public. Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited to attend. Students of other Zen teachers, and practitioners in other traditions are warmly welcomed.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religion.

​We are a welcoming and inclusive community offering support for the practice of Zen body-mind training.  We do not, however, provide mental health services.


The Louisville Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates as much as possible on the Buddhist virtue of dana  (or giving).  We are an all-volunteer organization which means your contributions go directly toward activities that support Zen practice allowing us to continue offering these services to others in the future.  We rely on your generosity and your giving is tax-deductible.