Zen This Week: Newcomer’s Night, Moving, & An All Day Sit Celebration with Sensei 


Tonight is the 1st ever Newcomer’s Night. If you are new to Zen and want to hear all about it or if you just have wanted to pop by and check us out for a while, we have a cushion just for you!
Because of our location upgrade, we are switching over our Intro to Zen class from the first Saturday of the month to a Newcomer’s Night on the first Tuesday of the month. The content will be the same. You’ll get a brief introduction to Buddhism, some Zen history, and a lot of instruction on how to do seated meditation.
Please bring $10 to donate to the center or whatever you can swing (even if that’s nada). We’re here to practice meditation not count money; we just happen to need to keep the lights on too. So throw some kopeks our way if you can spare them. We start at 7pm tonight at the new location 3123 Gallatin Pike.
Saturday (11/11) we are sitting at 7am at Gallatin Pike. Then we are moving our stuff out of Plus Park. You’d be doing the sangha a real solid if you could find it in your heart full of boundless compassion to tote a couple cushions and boxes for us this Saturday.  Please meet us at Gallatin Pike after the sitting (around 9am) if you wish to help with the move.
Saturday After Next (11/18) is All-Day Sit with Sensei and Woo-woo Ceremonies!
We are very pleased to announce that Abhilash has finished his vestments and is ready to receive the precepts as a disciple. Congratulations, Abhilash! Sewing a Rakusu is no mean feat!
We are equally pleased that James has decided to formally join our group lovable lunatics that we call a sangha. He will be taking the precepts as an initiate. So our guiding teacher, Michael Elliston Roshi, has taken it upon himself to come up to Nashville and perform the ceremonies: Abhilash’s Zaike Tokudo and James’ Jukai.

How do we properly celebrate such grand occasion? Well, with sitting, of course. What else?

So it’s all day sit with two ceremonies and Sensei. More details next week after we’ve hammered out the finer points.


Hey, Thanks for hanging in there throughout all these changes. It means a lot to us. ~ Steph




Sitting at 7am on Gallatin This Saturday || No Intro to Zen Class

We are now sitting at 3123 Gallatin Pike!
Tomorrow's Saturday Morning Sit starts there at 7am.
**No Intro to Zen Class**
Instead please come to Newcomers' Night this Tuesday. (It's the same content, just at a different time)
Park in the back. Yes the pig playing a banjo on the side of the building is real.

The Sits they are a-changin’!

Last Night at 325 Plus Park Tonight! Nat’s giving the final talk at 7pm.

Then this starting this Saturday (11/4) at 7am we begin sitting at Against the Stream (3123 Gallatin Pike). Yep. 7 in the a.m.

These are exciting times! But they are going to come with a few format changes.

Because our host sangha, Against the Stream, has classes on Saturday morning, we have revert back to the old Saturday sitting start time of 7 am. But that also means we are changing the Intro to Zen Class from the first Saturday of the month into a Newcomer Night on the first Tuesday of the month.

So I gotta lot changes to make to the website! Please bear with us as we shift things around and figure somethings out. If stuff is confusing, just email us (info@nashvillezencenter.org) and we’ll sort it all out.

I can’t wait until you guys see the new place. It’s so unbelievably nice. And the people of Against the Stream have thought of everything! We won’t even need to bring our stuff! We’re just gonna put it in storage (speaking of, can you guys help us with that on  11/11?).

Anyway. Check on the site and Facebook to keep posted and please pardon our progress!

Lurves! ~Steph


Zen This Week: Taking the “I” out of Ideal

Tuesday Night Sit @ 7 || 2 sits and 1 talk

Tonight we take on the problem with both having and not having ideals using the inimitable and direct Pema Chodron’s “Start Where You Are”


Outdoor Sit this Saturday (10/14)!

Come join us at Edwin Warner park in Shelter 7 for a beautiful fall all day sit. We will start at 8 am and go as long as our Bodhisattva Buns carry us. As usual, drop in and drop out as you have need.

Coffee & Pumpkins Muffins for Breakfast and Bread & Split Pea Miso Soup for Lunch. 

$10 for the sit if you can spare it, ok if you can’t. Still come an enjoy the splendor that is a Tennessee forest in fall.

These Google directions will take you straight from downtown Nashville to the shelter. Or you can clear out the start directions and voilà! Step by step directions from your doorstep to our outdoor zendo for the day.

Here is a Edwin Warner Park map for further reference.

(No sitting at Plus Park Blvd, we’ll all be at Edwin Warner!)


Remember we are moving in with Against the Stream in the beginning of November. If you want to check out what will be our new digs, zoom by 3123 Gallatin Pike.


Nat gave talk on Buddhism to a *ton* of people at Sri Gensha Temple last Sunday. Thanks for givin’ the good ol’ Dharma Wheel a whirl, Nat! If you want to check out his talk, it was put on YouTube by crazily clever Abhilash. Check it out:



Our thanks to you both for your hard work for the sangha ~ Steph


Zen This Week || The Arrogance of Health and Youth

Tuesday Night Sit @ 7 || 2 sits and 1 talk

“I used the teachings of the Buddha, Dogen Zenji, Sawaki Roshi, and Uchiyama Roshi to fulfill my own desires. This discovery completely broke my ‘arrogance of youth and health’. I saw clearly that my practice had not been for the sake of Buddha Dharma but for my own self-satisfaction.” 

Why would one of the most respected teachers in American Zen say this? I dunno. Come tonight and find out!


Saturday Morning Sit @ 8 || 3 rounds of sitting plus the Heart Sutra Service


First Saturday of the month means Intro to Zen Class *this Saturday* (10/7) at 10 am!


Outdoor Sit Two Saturdays from now!

When? 10/14 at 8am

Where? Edwin Warner Park, Shelter 7 (Map: http://maps.nashville.gov/NashvilleParksFinder/default.htm?parkFeatureID=42)

What? All day sit Saturday. Muffins for Breakfast; Soup for Lunch.

Cost? $10, if you can. But ok if you can’t. Still come.


Email or Facebook us any questions or random thoughts that pop up in your head!


This Sunday, Nat’s giving at talk on Buddhism at Sri Ganesha Temple at 3pm. It’s a part of a really cool event called the Annual Caravan Tour of Places of Worship. Basically, people sign up and ride buses to various places of worship in Nashville including a mosque, a synagogue, several churches, and, of course, the Hindu temple that Nat will be speaking at.

You can find out more about the tour and sign up on at the Islamic Center of Nashville’s website (http://www.icntn.org)

Or you can just go to the Sri Ganesha Temple at 3pm to hear Nat give a discourse on Buddhism.


Finally, I’d like to thank everyone that went to the Potluck/Opening Ceremony of Against The Stream’s new building. NZC will be moving in with ATS in November. We had a mind-blowingly good time there. ATS are super sincere students of Buddhism and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing space with them.

*Deep Bows and Much Excite!*

~ Steph

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