No Sit this Saturday at ATS-N (our usual place), because....

Steph and I will be joining the Zen Group of Chattanooga for their Zazenkai, this Saturday. Sensei will be in attendance along with Sengaku Dan Joslyn! Come down to Chattanooga and meet your Dharma Brothers and Sisters, just 2 hrs. down I-24! See the NZC Facebook post for details!  


Special Just for You!! 5:00am sit THIS SATURDAY!!!

Back by Popular Demand! 5:00 am sit this Saturday! Wow, what could possibly be better? Nothing! right? Will be serving tea at 5ish. Be whining!!


No Sitting on 5/26 and yet I have excellent news! 

Hey Everybody,

We won't be sitting this Saturday (5/26). All the openers are out on vacation with their families.

But I do have a spot of rather excellent news.

Brad Warner is coming to Nashville. Yes. *That* Brad Warner.

We are co-hosting a weekend with Against the Stream. And, the best part is, he bringing Dave Cuomo with him. Yes. *Our* Dave.

So save the dates:

Saturday, August the 4th
to Sunday, August the 5th

Details will be forthcoming as we hammer them our with our lovely sister-sangha, Against The Stream Nashville, Brad, and Dave.

Enjoy your Saturday Morning, everyone.

And a lovely Memorial Day Weekend to all.




Zen This Week: Outdoor Sittin' Saturday (4/28) at Edwin Warner Park

Tuesday Night @ 7pm || Two Rounds of Sitting plus One Talk.
The talk? I'm going back to basics this week with the Granddaddy of Soto Zen, Dogen, and his take on how to sit and why we sit. For those of my fellow book nerds playing at home, I'm talking to tonight about the Fukanzazengi. Come out and see us. I'll actually have sweets this time, I swear.
Saturday Morning @ 7am to noon || OUTDOOR SIT AT EDWIN WARNER PARK!
The outdoor sittin' is simply the best!
Come join us for another outdoor sit starting at 7am on this Saturday (4/28) at Shelter 7 in Edwin Warner Park! Again, we'll be sitting at Shelter 7 (write that down kids, there are *alot* of shelters out there). Here are google directions from downtown (just plug your address in to the first address field and it will take you *straight* to the shelter
You can also email for directions if that's more your speed. On the day of, if you get lost, just message Steph Elder on Facebook. I'll have my phone by my side and I'll can direct you on your way in.
Wear removable layers! The weather report says it's supposed to be 66F but it's been mistaken recently. It's Tennessee! Be prepared for any clime! Hot and cold alike!
Remember: We won't be sitting on Gallatin. We are packing off the Great Wild Wonder of this fantastic municipal park!
We start sitting at 7am have the place booked until 3pm. We continue sitting for as long as we have bodhisattvas wanting to sit. 
Come out and enjoy the rentless and unstoppable majesty of nature with your fellow zanny zennies! Yes, we will have coffee and something to eat.
~ Steph

New Weekly Schedule is in Effect! Plus Saturday Morning Coffee and an update on the Spring Ret

Hey Gang,

As I mentioned last month, we are moving to a new weekly rotation schedule starting *now*. Here’s what it looks like.

  •  1st Saturday of the Month: Coffee at Sip Cafe after the morning sit and Heart Sutra Service (it's just two minutes from the zendo!)
  • 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month we are bring back the book study after the morning sit (woo!)
  • 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday we will be offering one-on-one practice discussions during the sit.

All of these changes have been updated on the site and on our Google Calendar. I’m very much excited about the new weekly schedule! I think it will give a bit of depth to our group sitting practice. Plus, variety is the spice of life, you know?

Oh, I found us a place for our Spring Retreat on Memorial Day Weekend. Yellowbird Artscape Check them out. It has a dedicated meditation space, lodging, beautiful nature settings and is 45 minutes from Nashville. I spoke to the proprietor and he is thrilled to host us. I should be going on a scouting mission this week to get more specs so more on this story as it develops.

 But as to what happening right now:

We have Newcomer’s Night tonight.

We are going to get coffee at Sip café after the sit this Saturday (per the new schedule).

We’ll have an outdoor sit in Edwin Warner Park on the last Saturday of the month (4/28).

Stay tuned for all the details.

 *Deep Bows*
~ Steph