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


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



Tuesday Night @ 7 | 2 Sits and a Kōan

When, if ever, is it ok to cut up at cat to clear the air?

Tonight’s Kōan discussion comes to you in three parts. The original text, Dogen’s spin on it, and its application in a modern day temple. See if I can pull this off or if I flub it up! I’m bringing cashews and pecan sandies too!


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

Three 25 minutes rounds of Whole Hearted Sitting and a Sutra that sums up what it’s (not) all about. Come sit through the conundrum with us! Especially if you are planning to join us for the Easter Retreat.


Intro to Zen Meditation Class this Saturday at 11 am!

It’s the first Saturday of the month! That means it’s time for another Zen 101 class!

Get the downlow on Dogen. Find out what’s the Big Deal about Buddha. Figure out why we sit on our buns all day. Ask as many questions as you can carry in your head and get first-class Zen meditation instruction from our own Nyoze Nat Brown.

Suggested donation is $10 and you can register simply by telling us to expect you: Please Email info@nashvillezencenter.org


Nashville Secular Meditation sitting this Sunday at 9am.

If you get through the class and think “this Buddhism business might not be for me but these sits are all right”, the checkout Nashville Secular Meditation. No bells, no Buddha, just sits.



I promised you dets and now I’ve *finally* delivered.

Please check out this link for details and registration for our annual Easter Retreat:



Here’s the Highlights

Dates: Good Friday, April 14th until Easter Sunday, April 16th

Where: Good Ol’ Penuel Ridge in Beautiful Ashland City, TN (35 minutes from downtown Nash).

Cost: $80 per day or $240 for all the three days.

Teaching: Taiun Michael Elliston, Roshi, our guiding teacher.

Why: Because it’s pretty out there, we’d love to see you, I’m cooking tasty food, and sitting is good for what ails you.



(ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ ~ Steph