This Week in Zen: Crazy Cloud and Sip Cafe

Who's this old sourpuss? And why does he look so glum? And why does he suddenly cheer up when catching the eye of this cortesan?

Well, it turns out that he had a lot to say about that. That's right, we are talking about the orginal ODB himself, Ikkyu, Crazy Cloud. We'll read out some of his madcap poetry and discuss why he might be the most popular zen legend ever.

All happening 7pm tonight!

This Saturday at 7am: Three rounds of sittin', a Heart Sutra service, and afterwards we are going to Sip Cafe. If you have to sleep in and miss the sits, then you can still meet us at the cafe just down the road at around 9:30. I might even bring a certain card game that certain people in the sangha have been dying to play together.

Love y'all! See you soon!

~ Steph


Schedule for the Surprise! Weekend Retreat!

Good Evening, Err'body.

So here's an ersatz schedule. You know how we do and you know how we be. It's a super causal sit so the schedule isn't set in stone.

But there are three *definite* things about this retreat that you should know.

1. It's happening at 1420 Finnland Dr., Nashville TN 37207
(For pictures of the building, go to the AirBNB)

2. It's *this* Saturday (8/4) starting at 9am and also *this* Sunday(8/5) at 9am. (Come when you can, leave when you have to. No judgements here. We all got a life outside of NZC)

3. The focus is to spend most of the day in silent meditation. So come prepared to do some zazen!

All this being said, what follows is our (mostly) aspirational schedule.
Saturday August 4th

9:00 am || Tea and sitting, possible opening chant
9:30- 11:00 || Zazen (25 minute periods with 5 minute kinhin in between)
11:00 || Dharma Talk
12:00 pm || Lunch
12:30- 1:00 || Clean up, Break
1:00 – 3:00 || Zazen
3:00- 3:30 || Stretching/ Yoga
3:30 - 4:30 || Tea and Dharma Talk
4:30-6:00 || Zazen (will include one 40 minute period)
6:00 – 7:30 || Dinner / Clean up / Rest
7:30- 9:00 || Zazen then Close

Sunday August 5th (second verse, same as the first!)

9:00 am || Tea and sitting, possible opening chant
9:30- 11:00 || Zazen (25 minute periods with 5 minute kinhin in between)
11:00 || Dharma Talk
12:00 pm || Lunch
12:30- 1:00 || Clean up, Break
1:00 – 4:00 || Zazen then Close
4:00 - ??? || If anyone is feeling up for it, playing a couple of games of Munchkin???

If you got an questions, send them over to info@nashvillezencenter.org or message me on the FB.

No sitting at Against the Stream on Saturday! We'll all be busy setting up the retreat at Finnland Dr.

Sit with you guys soon! I'm stoked!
~ Steph


THE STORY? So originally this weekend, we were supposed to be having a retreat with Brad Warner, but he had to cancel (we are hoping he will reschedule). But hey, people had taken time out and were looking forward to a two day sit. And since sittin' comes first, that's what we are going to do.

WHEN? Saturday, August 4th starting at 9am. Then Sunday, August 5th starting at 9am. We won't be staying overnight. Just two all day sits. Back to back.

WHERE? 1420 Finnland Dr (37207). A beautiful AirBNB just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville (no really, check out the pictures). Out of town enough to be wooded and scenic but close enough to be convenient.

WHAT? A super casual commuter meditation retreat focused on just sitting.

WHY? Because sitting's good for you. At least while you are doing it, you ain't doing any harm. Plus you'll be supporting your pals and they'll be supporting you. In the end, what could be better?

AT WHAT COST? Look. Just come. If you got cash, then please give $50 per day or whatever you can afford. If you can't afford to pay anything, that's ok. Come sit anyway. Pay what you can at: http://nashvillezencenter.org/donate/

CONCLUSION? Sorry to spring this on you last minute. I'd be all grandiose about it and say it's the manic pixie inside me but really the details just came together this weekend. I'll get a schedule posted later this week.
Send any questions you got to info@nashvillezencenter.org or hit me up on Facebook messager.

Thanks for hanging in there. You're the best sangha a sitter like me could ever hope for.
~ Steph

No Sit this Saturday at ATS-N (our usual place), because....

Steph and I will be joining the Zen Group of Chattanooga for their Zazenkai, this Saturday. Sensei will be in attendance along with Sengaku Dan Joslyn! Come down to Chattanooga and meet your Dharma Brothers and Sisters, just 2 hrs. down I-24! See the NZC Facebook post for details!  


Special Just for You!! 5:00am sit THIS SATURDAY!!!

Back by Popular Demand! 5:00 am sit this Saturday! Wow, what could possibly be better? Nothing! right? Will be serving tea at 5ish. Be there...no whining!!