Raindrops and Boardmeetings

“Our effort is like raindrops; it doesn't create change in one day, or a few days, or a few years. But if we just keep doing it, when conditions are ripe, it happens”

Quote from Okumura who we'll be reading from tonight. Given the mudslides and flooding, it seemed appropriate. Starts at 7pm! Come even if you are late because with us you always arrive just on time!_


Hey what about the board meeting?!

It was awesome! I wish you could have been there!

Here's some of the “deliverables” (hey you need *some* biz talk at board meeting):


We are doing two all-day outdoor sits at Percy Warner Park: One for Spring; One in the Fall.


We will do one in-town weekend commuter retreat during the summer.


And we will do one residential retreat in a “nature setting” during the early winter.


That's all pretty much stuff we did last year. And we think it worked out! It was manageable and spaced out enough to allow for our insanely busy lives. I'm looking forward to doing it this year too.


We are still working on details so stay posted for dates, locations, and fees.


Other stuff: We are working on getting some t-shirts and stickers printed up.


Our social media needs an extreme makeover. The site and the email list is going to take some time to overhaul. But the mean time, we have a Twitter and Instagram now. That's something right?


You can find our Twitter and Instagram under: nashvillezen@gmail.com


So show some love if you are so inclined! I'm looking forward to posting memes, sangha quotes, and similar mindless nonsense of which we are so fond.


You guys are the best. Thanks for keeping it all going - what has got to be the weirdest quirkiest sangha this side of the Mississippi.


~ Steph


Board Meeting This Thursday (2/21) @ 6:30pm at Sonobama Nashville!

Hey gang,

Long time; no post. But believe me, wheels have been in motion.

Speaking of, we have a board meeting this Thursday! Yay! I know, I know. Board meetings are booorrring. But at this one, you will have the option of scoring some sake, sushi, green tea, and some sweet sangha camaraderie. Plus you’ve been to our meetings. They’ve been many things but they are rarely boring (well, except during the sitting, obvisouly).

What’s on the agenda?
> Money (or “wow! We aren’t *dead* broke!")
> Retreats and events (two park sits, one in-town commuter sit, one out-of-town)
> Social Media (memes, instagram, and twitter)
> New website (*pfft* scrolling is *so* 2009)
>  Swag (think we could use another round of T-shirts?)
> Whatever you want to bring up.

Who can come? Anyone who cares about NZC. After all, it’s your group too. You get a say in what we do. We are whatever you need us to be.

Where, exactly?
Sonobana Nashville
40 White Bridge Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

In the Tatami Room. Under the name of our elder statesman: Nat Brown
Feburary 21st at 6:30pm.

Need a ride? Hit me up via Messenger on Facebook or email: nashvillezen@gmail.com

I love you guys. Really and truly. Can't wait to see what 2019 brings to the Nasvhille Zen Center.

~ Steph


No meeting tonight... out of town or out sick

Sorry to announce this last mintue everyone but we aren't sitting tonight.

I've been sick for a week and everyone else is out of town.

We'll get back on track this Saturday starting at 7am then we'll go out for coffee afterwards.



Meeting this Saturday but Not on Christmas day

Hey y’all
Festive greetings!

We *are* meeting this Saturday (12/22) but we *are not* meeting on Christmas day (though if you come by the center at 6pm our Wildheart friends will be playing board games and chopping on snacks).

See you guys soon. Stay safe out there. Take everything in moderation. It’s ok to take break from family. No, you don’t have to eat that last cookie- it can go in the trash- it’s fine.



Zen This Week: The Gift of the Magi

Tonight at 7pm! We get a bit into the spirit of the season and talk about the greatest Christmas Story Ever:  The Gift of the Magi. As theme on the ongoing series of talks of Zen to be found outside of the tradition, we’ll be exploring how the classic “Gift of the Magi” story matches up nicely with what Dogen said: In true giving “you become the giver and the receiver at the same time”. Just the thing we need to cure our Yuletide cynicism!

Also, this Saturday we are meeting at Sip Cafe after the sit (around 10am). And I’m bringing a dorky fast-paced card game for any of my fellow geeks that are interested!

A thousand thanks to Dave for flying all the way out to the boonies and trying to teach us a thing or two about the true teaching of hopelessness and the true faith of doing! Dave even gave us great press in the Angel City Zen Center newsletter: NZC “They have a really unique and down to earth approach to practice”.

Thanks, Dave! You were a big part of making that happen. We “hope” to see you soon!