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


ANNOUNCING the 2017 Easter Retreat

Hey! I finally got it together! You can read all about it and  register for the Easter Retreat here! https://www.regonline.com/easterzazenkai

Our ​Annual ​Spring ​Zazenkai ​at ​Penuel ​Ridge ​will ​be ​from ​Good ​Friday ​April ​14th ​until ​Easter ​Sunday ​April ​16th ​(we'll ​be ​setting ​up ​the ​night ​before ​in ​the ​Thursday ​evening ​of ​4/14). ​Our ​esteemed ​and ​Venerable ​Abbot, ​Taiun ​Michael ​Elliston, ​Roshi, ​will ​be ​teaching ​and ​offering ​dokusan. ​Cost ​will ​be ​$80 ​per ​day ​or ​$240 ​for ​all ​the ​three ​days. ​Add ​$40 ​if ​you ​will ​be ​arriving ​and ​staying ​on ​Thursday ​night.

Nature ​in ​Abundance. ​Serene ​surroundings! ​ ​Beds, ​sheets, ​towels, ​(gourmet-vegetarian) ​meals, ​and ​1st ​class ​accommodations ​for ​zazen. ​How ​can ​you ​beat ​it? ​




Tuesday Night Sit @ 7pm | 2 sits and The Book Study

Yep. Book Study tonight.

The Book? Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

Tonight’s Chapter? 59: The Net of Theories, in which the Buddha discusses the competing cults and philosophies of his day.

No Book? No Problem! We read parts of the chapter aloud before discussion and there are copies of the book in the zendo so people can follow along. Absolutely everyone is invited to participate.


Saturday Morning @ 7am *again* | Tea Ceremony, A Half-Day Sit, and Heart Sutra

Yep! Starting at 7am again this week. A half-day sit 12th South style!

Tea Ceremony and two 40 minute sits with 10 minutes of walking meditation in between. After that we’ll take a break, get some biscotti and coffee and start our regular sit at 9 am (three rounds of 25 minute sits with the Heart Sutra to close us out).

Start at 7am and stay for the whole deal and you’ll have gotten a half-day’s worth of sitting in. But come in whenever you can. The half-day sits are great for deeping your practice and getting ready for the Easter Retreat.

And I promise a post about the retreat which shall reveal all in the next two days. 

Or my name isn’t Billy Steinenhoffmanschaeuer.


Nashville Secular Meditation Group meets on Sundays @ 9am. 

Check out our sittin’ brothers and sisters with which we share this space in both an practical sense and an abstract sense! Sitting this Sunday.

About the NSM: http://nashvillezencenter.org/nashville-secular-meditation/

NSM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567677990091025/


I’m getting excited about the Spring Retreat y’all. Stay Tuned!

~ Steph


Zen This Week: Stuff You *Need to Know*

Tuesday Night at 7pm || Two Sits and One Discussion

Nat is doing the discussion tonight and his topic is “Stuff you NEED TO KNOW!”

I honestly have no idea. But I’m intrigued. I can’t wait to hear what I’ve been missing out on this whole time.


Saturday Morning at 7am  || Tea Ceremony, A Half-Day Sit, and Heart Sutra

Yep. You read right. We’ll be starting at *7 am* this  Saturday. We’re gonna do it 12th South style. We will serve tea from what Nat is still *insisting* we call "Emperor Wu’s Imperial Tea Set". Then we sit for two 40 minute rounds with a 10 minute walking meditation break in between.  We’ll take a break for the bathroom, coffee, and cookies. Then we’ll punch reset on the whole scene and start our regular 9 am Saturday service (three 25 minute sits and the Heart Sutra Service at the end).

The idea is to get ready for our Easter Retreat (more info about that later this week).  It’s only a month away. If you are new to meditation or haven’t sat for long periods of time, a half-day sit is a really great way to prepare for a retreat. I did two half-day sits before my first full retreat and I have to say, it made the experience much more satisfying and enjoyable.

If you are looking to deepen your practice and have a fulfilling retreat, doing a half-day sit is a great place to start. We hope to do at least one other half-day sit before the Easter retreat starts.


Secular Meditation Group is meeting this Sunday at 9am!

That’s a great place to get extra sits in too, by the by. It’s like us but less baggage. Nothing but the sits. Check them out!

Keep Warm, Keep Dry ~ Steph


Zen This Week: "The Completeness of the Dharma"

Tuesday Night at 7 || Two Sits and One Talk
Abhilash is doing the Dharma talk tonight. His topic?
Wait for it . . .
"The Completeness of Dharma". Had you goin' for a minute there, didn't I?
Personally, I can't wait to hear Abhilash tie it all together. I'm even bringing homemade biscotti I'm so excited! Wooo!
Saturday Morning at 9 || Three Sits and One Heart Sutra Service

Get jump on your weekend with us! We'll be sitting three 25 minute rounds and doing the Heart Sutra to close it out. I promise to have coffee, tea, and the biscottis ready when you arrive. I'm gonna have to prep the place for guest because guess what?
*Zen Meditation Class Continued! This Saturday (3/11) at 11am.*
So nice we are doing it twice. Deep thanks to everyone who showed up to our first ever "Intro to Zen" class. Based on what we heard from you, an intermediate class is in order. Very well!

So this Saturday after regular sitting, we will be having a part 2 introduction to Zen meditation class. We will go further into the how to sit, the protocols of the zendo, our chants and why we do them and of course, more glorious sitting.

It's $10 suggested donation, if you got it. But it's ok if not. Shoot us an email at info@nashvillezencenter.org to register.

If it's anything like last time, it will be fun!

 Protocols of the Zendo and chants not really your thing? Are you a "look, man, I'm just here for the sits" kinda guy?

Awesome! Our Secular Meditation Group meets Sundays at 9am. Check out their Facebook page to stay tuned for updates.

Try not to get blown away out there gang!
Lurves ~ Steph
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