The logo represents “Mindfulness.”
Mindfulness is ‘being’ each moment of our lives. It is being present in the moment.
It is merging with each moment to accurately perceive what is truly happening.
It represents the state or quality of being mindful.
It is the difference between effort and struggle.
It represents awareness.
I humbly offer my gratitude to the gracious creator of that which represents the premise of my life’s work.
Rev. 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.