Letter to New Zen Students from Sho Un Nyoze Nat Brown, Senior Practice Leader of the Nashville Zen Center
Gassho! (deep bow with palms together).
We would be delighted to have you join us for Soto Zen Practice at Nashville Zen Center. We have two options for those new to Zen practice or new to our group:
For those new to Zen practice, we hold a Zen 101 class on the first Saturday of the month at the Center from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. We cover a brief history of Buddhism and the Zen schools, how to do Zazen (our style of meditation), and our forms and protocols (how to bow, stand, walk, and sit in the zendo (meditation room). We'll also cover those popular and interesting topics such as Mindfulness, the Four Tasks (Noble Truths), Emptiness, Impermanence, etc. . . . and will attempt to answer any questions you may have. Why should you start a Zen practice? Come and try it! You may register for the class by dropping us an e-mail. We suggest a donation of $10 to help keep the Center open. (However, if you're strapped for cash, we still want you to come!)
For those with meditation experience, especially those with Soto, Rinzai, Tibetan, or Vippassana backgrounds, you are most welcome to attend any of our services and we'll give you a brief orientation at the beginning of the service so you know how we do things, what to expect, and get any questions answered about our forms of practice. It's a good idea to let us know your coming- just drop us an e-mail.
I look forward to meeting you, and believe that our group has much to offer anyone interested in discovering the Deep Peace and Joy inherent in our Buddha Nature.
Yours in the Dharma,
Rev. Sho Un Nyoze Nat Brown, STO
Senior Practice Leader
Nashville Zen Center