While still Upasaka in the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun, Fa Jian had initially established a meditation group in Seward, Nebraska, in 2007. While working and living for the most part in Lincoln, Nebraska, Fa Jian founded Lotus Zen Temple in January 2008 in the northeast part of Lincoln. In spring of 2009, LZT was moved to a more central location and a largerfacility.
Yin Din (Derek Dibbern) Doan
When joining the temple sangha, Yin Din brought with him previous Zen practice and underwent further training at LZT. He was authorized as meditation assistant and bell ringer (Doan) in 2008.
Joyce Schmeeckle Doan
Joyce had been practicing Zen meditation for many years in both the Christian contemplative style as well as in Buddhist context. She underwent further training at LZT and was authorized as meditation assistant and bell ringer (Doan) in 2008. Joyce also leads her own meditation group outside the temple community.
Yin Dan Fa Shi (Dr. Otto Altobelli) Doan
Yin Dan joined LZT after having moved to Lincoln from the Las Vegas temple community, where he had practiced Buddhism and martial arts for many years. Yin Dan underwent further training at LZT and was authorized as meditation assistant and bell ringer (Doan) in 2009. Yin Dan also is a T'ai Chi and Qi Gong teacher.