Heartland Temple

Nonin Chowaney

Rev. Nonin Chowaney (OPW) is an American Soto Zen priest, brush calligrapher, and the current abbot and head priest of the Nebraska Zen Center at the Heartland Temple in Omaha, Nebraska. A Dharma heir of the late Dainin Katagiri-roshi, Chowaney received Dharma transmission in 1989 and is the founder of an organization of Soto priests known as The Order of the Prairie Wind (OPW). Chowaney also has an affiliate center called the Lincoln Zen Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church in nearby Lincoln, Nebraska. Having studied Zen in Japan as well as at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Chowaney is certified by the Soto School of Japan and also "chairs the Membership Committee of the American Zen Teachers Association and serves on the Priest Training Committee of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association."

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