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A Monthly Post, maybe? 

“By revealing and disclosing our lack of faith and practice before the Buddha,

we melt away the root of transgressions

by the power of our repentance.”

~ Dogen’s Vow




~ Futurama


Hey gang. It’s been a while. Sorry about that.


I’ve been rethinking this whole social media thing. Now that I’m hormonally stable, it’s time to get back on the posting wagon. I’m going to attempt to post once a week about the stuff that is happening that week. Then I’ll do a once a month post that’s more of a panoramic view of the stuff we have coming up.


So that’s what this is. We’ll see how long this lasts . . .



THIS MONTH IN ZEN: SEPTEMBER 2018 || Jukais with the guys


Saturday 8th @ 9am will be Skyping with Sensei after our usual sit. For those of you not in the know, this would be the much mentioned Michael Elliston, Roshi, head of our affiliated order (the Silent Thunder Order) and leader of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center of which we are so fond.  


As always, our Skype chats are quite informal and end up being more like freeform Q&A sessions even if we do originally start out with a topic (Sensei is a very approachable guy in spite of his grand titles). If we come up with an topic, we’ll announce it next week.




Remember Doug? Our UU minister friend who runs a zen group down in Tullahoma? Well that zen group has got about 15 people regularly attending and three of them want take the precepts and formally join the Buddhist sangha (Jukai).


“So when’s it happening?” Sunday September 23rd, 4pm

“Where?” Unitarian Universalist Church of Tullahoma

“What?” Jukai for three. If you’ve been looking to formally join the NZC, this would be an excellent time to do it (group discount!). Get with me or Nat about it and we’ll hash out the details (info@nashvillezencenter.com).


Yay! I’m always happy to find people that will join us in this mutual silliness!



We are going to try an early morning sit on October the 6th.

“Wait… what’s an early morning sit?”

It’s were we show up at 5am and get straight to sitting. We go all the way through until our usual stopping point of 9:30am.

“Why would anyone wanna do that?”

Maybe you? It is like a half-day’s worth of sitting if you do the whole thing. And it usually settles the rattling in your head down so you have a great start to your weekend. I dunno, man. Don’t knock it until you try it.



Might be doing an Outdoor Sit at Percy Warner Park on Saturday October the 20th. Hopefully, we’ll be able to scope out the Tennessee Fall, rolling out all of it’s technicolor fallen leaf splendor.


Finally, the Retreat with Brad Warner (not to mention our very own Dave Cuomo!) is back on!


Save the Dates: Saturday November 17th and Sunday November 18th.


It’s an two day all day retreat with talks by Brad in the evening and it will at our usual sitting spot on Gallatin Pike.


More details as they develop. I’m just so glad it’s still happening!




Allright. I’m shutting up now. But if you still have questions, shoot an email over to info@nashvillezenceter.com. Despite all of my recent distractions, I’ve managed to mostly stay on top of that.




~ Steph

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