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Zen This Week: Happy Birthday Buddha!

Tuesday Night @ 7am | 2 sits and a Birthday Party

Well kinda. It’s Hanamatsuri everyone! It’s the day we pretend to be real Buddhists for a bit and have a Spring Ceremony full of story-telling, chanting, and flower-offering. And we won’t be doing this in front of the bobble-head Buddha this time either! Abhilash is helping us get our act together. He got us *legitimate* baby Buddha statue to pour sweet tea over and throw flowers at.

So come on out! It should be fun.


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

Same Sit Time, Same Sit Channel. Come get your weekend kicked off right with an hour and half’s worth of sitting and the Heart Sutra to wrap it up. It’s great preparation for our Spring Retreat.


Zen Meditation Class Part 2 this Saturday @ 11 am

So have you been to our Zen 101 class and are curious to hear more?

Great! In that case, please attend the Part 2 of our Zen Meditation Class. In which, we will:

  • Dive deeper in to the teachings that make Zen  . . . well, Zen.
  • Discuss what the point is of all the Zendo protocols
  • What our chants are and why we do them

And, of course, more amazing sitting.

$10 for the class if you can, ok if you can’t. Let us know you are coming at info@nashvillezencenter.org.


Teachings? Protocol? Chants? Phish-posh! Isn’t the sitting this most *important* part?

Why, yes it is. If you want sitting with no fluff, check out the Nashville Secular Meditation Group.

It’s full of some of our favorite people and they meet at our zendo at 9am on Sundays.



When? Good Friday, April 14th until Easter Sunday, April, 16th

Where? Our place to spend Easter, Penuel Ridge, in wooded and Secluded Ashland City, just a half-hour’s drive from Nashville.

Cost? $80 per day or $240 for all three days ($40 if you plan to stay Thursday Overnight) 

Teaching? Taiun Michael Elliston, Roshi, our guiding teacher of the Atlanta Zen Center. He will be giving dharma talks throughout the retreat and doing dokasan (one-on-one practice interviews).

How? Click this link:  https://www.regonline.com/easterzazenkai

Follow the steps to register, select the days you are coming, use the secured checkout to pay. Site contains the schedule as well as some helpful info about the retreat.


Sidenote: I fixed a glitch that I didn’t catch until I registered myself this morning. You should only have to pay for the days you selected at checkout. If that doesn’t happen that way, please write us at info@nashvillezencenter.org.


If you’ve already registered, please check your email. Send a reply back to us and we will get you straighten out if you need straightening out.


Don’t have the cash to come? Don’t want to use the regonline site? That’s ok. Just write us at info@nashvillezencenter.org and tell us what you would like to happen.


See you guys soon ~ Steph

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