Tuesday Night at 7 | 2 sits and the Book Study

Third Tuesday of the month means we are going over a chapter of Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hahn.

Which chapter? 61: The Lion’s Roar. In which the Buddha explains the 12 Link Chain of Co-dependent Origination and a lady interrupts his lecture to angrily proclaim he is the father of her wood block.

We’ll listen to the chapter played aloud and then we will discuss.



Saturday Morning at *8am* || 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service

Three rounds of 25 minute sitting and a sutra service. Maybe the Heart Sutra. Maybe not. We switch it up sometimes. You can’t predict us. We can’t predict ourselves! 

But they’ll be sitting and a bit of ritual at the end. Then coffee and cookies. You can count on it.



Even that bit of ritual too much? No-Prob, Bob! Nashville Secular Meditation is meeting this Sunday at 9am.

~ Steph


Zen This Week: The Secret to Meditation III & New Sat. Sit Time

Tuesday Night at 7 pm | 2 sits and 1 Discussion
Like any good revolutionary regime that promises to utterly transform your life, this one comes to you in 3 easy installments. Tonight Nat continues with his exposition on his sit-right-quick scheme "The Secret to Meditation".
Come, Come! Hear, Hear! This, the Grand Finale!
Saturday Morning at 8 am | 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service 
We polled just about everyone. Most are agreed that 7 am was too early, but that getting out after sitting at 9 am was too late a start to the day. So we split the difference at are now starting Saturday Morning Sitting at 8 am. What can I say? We are spineless compromisers!
So please join us this Saturday at 8 am for 3 rounds of 25 minute sitting and the Heart Sutra Service! Coffee, cookies, and aimless yet amiable chatting afterwards.
Still a stickler for 9 am sitting? Well, you are in luck.
Nashville Secular Meditation will still be sitting at 9 am this Sunday! So go check them out! On our site, on their Facebook and in person! I assure you. They are the most spectacular people.
As ever, we appreciate your venerable forbearance in a ever-transforming world.
~ Steph

ZEN THIS WEEK: Sittin’ ‘n’ Sushi?

Tuesday Night at 7 | 2 sits and 1 ??

Nat says he’s got a surprise for us tonight and that it involves “Ken’s Sushi”.  .  . So  .  .  . ?

 I dunno. Your guess is as good as mine.



Saturday Morning at 9am | 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service 

Come one, come all to our Saturday Morning Sit! No special experience or advanced degrees required. Just the earnest and simple desire to start your weekend off right. Coffee and cookies to follow afterwards.

Magic cookies from Cambodia sent with love from our favorite Dharma Squirrel, Liz.


Secular Sit this Sunday, folks! Nashville Secular Meditation will be happy to see you this Sunday morning at 9am!


Did you know?

Our humble NZC is a member of *real* Zen Order. Like legit. The Silent Thunder Order. Dude.

And we got peeps all the way up in Nova Scotia, out to Montana and into deepest marshlands of Florida. If you ever want to spread your wings and fly from our tiny NZC nest, we got a lot of Zen brethren and sisthern you can check out.

For you humble consideration, I present to you Storder.org and the April 2017 STO Newsletter posted on our Facebook. Guess what sangha features prominently in the pictures? :)



Today has excellent weather. Expect some outdoor sitting soon.


Zen This Week: The Secret to Meditation (Part Deux!)

Tonight, The Secret to Meditation, Part Deux!  7:00 pm at the Nashville Zen Center and Popular Front for Self Actualization-Nashville Chapter. 


This Saturday, May 6th, 11:00 am. Zen 101, an Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice Class.  All are welcome, but let us know you're coming. See the For Beginner's page for more info.


Zen This Week: Buddha/Brahmin Smackdown

Tuesday Night at 7 | 2 sits and the Book Study

It’s the 3rd Tuesday of the month and that means we are doing the Book Study tonight.

The book is Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hahn.

The chapter is 60: Lady Visakha’s Grief. In which the Buddha and Brahmins have a knockdown drag-out fight . . . by which I mean they have a mutually respectful debate and Gautama quietly convinces his interlocutors to join the sangha (it sounds more dramatic the first way I said it, huh?).

You don’t have to read the book to join the discussion. We got the book on tape and listen to the chapter before talking about it. Please join us!



Saturday Morning @ 9am | 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service

Three rounds of 25 minute sitting, clackers, bells and chanting, then coffee and cookies. How can you beat it?


If your answer was “just silent sitting beats that”, well do I have group for you!

Please check out Nashville Secular Meditation, a group that uses our space to just silently sit on Sunday mornings at 9am. More info about the group can be found on our site and their Facebook page.


Thank you everyone who braved epic traffic jams and back injuries to be with at the retreat. The Memphis Zen Community deserve special recognitions. Nashville may have beat you in the Peep battles, but you beat us thoroughly with your Great Effort. *Three Prostrations southwest to the Delta of Dharma where the mightest of Bodhisattvas abide*


~ Steph