This Week in Zen: Playing in Mud and Eating your Veggies

Tuesday Night Sit @ 7pm || 2 Sits and 1 Book Study

As was prophesied at the general sangha meeting, we've moved the Book Study to the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Hey! That's *this* Tuesday!

For those of you who like to do your homework the night before:
The book is Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh. The Chapter we are on is 58: A Handful of Precious Earth.

Everyone else, don't sweat it! We are gonna read it aloud and then discuss!

Saturday Morning Sit @ 9am || 3 Sits and 1 Heart Sutra Service

Sleep in *and* start out your weekend in the right frame of mind. All before lunch! I'm telling y'all, this new Saturday Sit time is where it's *at*.

Secular Meditation Group Meets this Sunday 9am!

Bells and chanting not quite your thing? Awesome, check out our secular meditation group meeting this Sunday morning! No bells, no bows, no muss, no fuss!

I think spring as sprung, everyone. Hope you get a chance to go outside and watch the wondrous thing unfold.
~ Steph



No sitting this Saturday (2/11)

Hey Everyone!
We just realized all the folks with the keys are going to be out of town, either on retreat or with family.
But we'll start it all up again next Tuesday. I'll be posting and seeing you then.
May your weekend be as excellent as your works—



This Week in Zen || Gudo Toshku and Emperor Go-Yozei

Tuesday Night at 7 || Two Sits and One Talk

Storytime at the good ol’ NZC! Tonight, Abhilash will be giving his first dharma talk (yay!). He’s gonna tell us a story about olden people and ye olden days. I can’t wait! This is one I haven’t heard before!


Saturday Morning at 9 || Three Sits and the Heart Sutra Service

Remember! We are sitting at 9am on Saturday these days. So now you don’t have to choose between staying up late Friday night and getting your weekend sits in!


No Sit on this Sunday (2/12)  with the Nashville Secular Meditation Group! But they’ll pick right back up sitting on the Sunday after next (2/19).



Our google calendar is updated and works. Itty-bitty Improvements happening all the time.



~ Steph


This Week in Zen || Change in 2017!

Afternoon All!


So all the meetings have meet and here’s the highlights of what’s been decided for NZC in 2017

  • Saturday Mornings Sits are moving to 9 am due to popular demand! A later time, but the same three rounds of 25 minute sits and rousing Heart Sutra Service close that we know and love.
  • The Book Study is moving to the 3rd Tuesday night of the month! It will replace the Dharma talk on that Tuesday evening, but we’ll read aloud from the book so everyone who comes can follow along and join the discussion.
  • Easter Spring Retreat is on! Now we have to decide if we want hold it at the Silent Thunder Order retreat center in North Carolina or if we still want to do the tried and true Penuel Ridge retreat in Ashland City, TN. Whichever one generates the most interest and has the most commitments will be the one which wins.
  • We will be holding a couple of One Day retreats at the Park Palace Zendo to give us all an opportunity to better prepare for the long sits of the spring retreat. Right now one All-Day Saturday sit in February and another are in March are in the works. Dates To Be Announced.
  • Zen Movie night lives on! Our first Sangha dinner and movie will be held sometime in March!
  • Finally, join me in congratulating our own Abhilash on being given permission to sew a rakasu! He will be now giving the Tuesday night talks along with myself, Nat and Susan.

Thanks everyone for your input! I think 2017 going to be a great year for NZC!

Remember to join us this Saturday at 9 am!

And don’t forget our suitemates and Brethren and Sistethren in sitting! The Nashville Secular Meditation are meeting tonight at 6pm and this Sunday at 9am.

Loads of Sitting to be had all around!


~ Steph


Don't forget the General Sangha Meeting tomorrow night!

Evening All.
Please don’t forget to attend the general sangha meeting this Tuesday Night  (1/31) when we finalize the agenda of the NZC for 2017.
Subjects up for discussion?
Ø  Moving Saturday Morning Sits to a later time
Ø  Doing the Book Study on Tuesday nights
Ø  Scheduling outdoor sits
Ø  Talking about Retreats
Ø  Bringing Back Zen Movie Night
Ø  Whatever you want to talk about
It’s *your* group after all. You should be able to bring up and discuss any subject near and dear to your heart.
If you care about the Nashville Zen Center and our future, please attend. We sincerely value what each and every one of you have to say.
I am stupendously grateful to have you people and this group in my life
~ El Presidente Steph
P.S. If you can’t make it, but still want to have a say, please drop us a line on Facebook or on the site. We will read your comments at the general sangha meeting and discuss your concerns. I will follow up the meeting with notes.


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