About Us

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. We follow the lineage of Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Dharma-successor to Roshi Philip Kapleau (founder of Rochester Zen Center).  Kapleau-roshi authored The Three Pillars of ZenThe Zen of Living and Dying, as well as other titles

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.

LZC activities are open to the public. Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited to attend.  Even those not wishing to become a student of Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, students of other 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.  LZC does 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).  Our organization is run entirely by volunteers.  Our Group Leader, zendo monitors, Board of Directors, and other workers and advisors, both at home and abroad, are freely giving their services to Louisville Zen Center.  This 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.