Zen This Week: The Move

Tuesday Night @ 7 | 2 Sits and 1 Discussion

Tonight, let’s discover what all those negations in the Heart Sutra mean to Shohaku Okumura *personally*. When we read his account in Living By Vow, we’ll find out how he figured it out only by making a long series of pig-headed mistakes. And that’s about how it works out for everyone. “The only way out is through”! Join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion.


Saturday Morning @ 8 | 3 sits capped off with the Heart Sutra Service. Then cookies and  coffee shared among friends.


Two Saturdays from now | Outdoor All Day Sit | Edwin Warner Park

October 14th at 8 am. Mark your calendars. More dets on this in the post next week



And it’s great news too. Our pals at Against the Stream have agreed to share their new building with us (located at 3123 Gallatin Pike).

Because they are a wondrously kind people and the bodily manifestation of the Buddha-Dharma.

We will be in our current digs at Plus Park for all of October and we will begin our tenure with our ATS friends at Gallatin Pike in November.

Stay tuned to the site and Facebook for developments.


Curious about what the new space is like? Well, you are in luck. A Potluck that is! Against the Stream is having a Potluck and an Opening Ceremony this Sunday, October 1 at 6 pm. A bunch of us are going. Come with us and check it on out!

I am super-excited about this new chapter in the NZC story. Let’s see what happens next!

~ Steph


ZEN THIS WEEK: Driftwood Surfing and Water Buffalo Riding  

Tuesday Night @ 7 | 2 Sits and 1 Book Study 

Hey Gang. We are still making our way through Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh. Tonight is chapter 63: All the Way to the Sea. In which, the Buddha figures out that it’s good idea to feed teenagers more than once-a-day, he compares enlightenment to excellent driftwood surfing, and a monk wonders if riding water buffaloes is better than a princeship.

You don’t have to have the book to participate in the discussion. The book will be read aloud while we sip on tea and munch on cookies, then we’ll all discuss what we just heard.


Saturday Morning @ 8 | 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service then cookies and coffee.


Outdoor All-day Sit | Saturday, October 14th | Edwin Warner Park

So we asked around and you told us an all-day outdoor sit in the fall would be nice. So that’s what we’re gonna do. Please join us at Edwin Warner Park for an all-day sit Saturday, October 14th.  They’ll be muffins for breakfast. Soup for lunch. And if all the stars align, a precepts ceremony.

Mark a spot on your calendars. And we hope to see you there.

~ Steph


This Week in Zen: Wanna know how I got these scars?

Tuesday Night Sit @ 7 || 2 rounds of sitting + discussion 

Tonight, we shall discuss when, if ever, is it appropriate to give yourself one wicked facial scar to get into a monastery? I’ll do my best to unpack the classic koan: My half-decade of experience wrestling with it and what it really means to sacrifice for one’s practice today.


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

Get in the sits, see the smoke and robes that go into a group recitation of what is basically an ancient revered 'gotcha' joke, and stay for the coffee, conversation, and baked goods. You guys like Pumpkin Muffins? I got a recipe I’m just dying to try out.


Intro To Zen Class this Saturday at 10am!

In the class, we give you a basic overview of Buddhist history, briefly breakdown what Zen is, and (the part that *really* matters) instruct you on how to do Zen meditation. Please bring $10 donation for the center if you can swing it. If not, still come. We'll be glad to see everyone.


Don't forget. The Secular Meditation group is still meeting on Sundays at 9am. Sign up on their Facebook page to get all the latest. 


Fall is coming. Ain’t y’all so excited? Or is it just me? ~ Steph



Tuesday Night at 7 | 2 sits and 1 talk

Nat is giving the dharma talk this week and continuing on his topic of mindfulness and how it’s probably not what you think. Paradoxically, trying to mindful is sometimes one of the least mindful things you can do. Zany Zen Stuff. Come check it out!


Saturday Morning at 8 | 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service

Much like it reads. But it always with coffee, snacky-cakes and smiles. Of course, if you really want to punch up your practice this Saturday, you should totally come to . . .


The Memphis Zen Community Summer Retreat is *this weekend*

Our dear friends in our sister sangha is hosting this sesshin in Memphis starting Friday, August 11  until noon on Sunday August 13.

Sitting, dharma discussion, one-on-one teacher interviews (dokusan), a precepts ceremony, and excellent vegan/vegetarian food!

These are a wonderful crowd of folks. If you wish to deepen your practice, I cannot more highly recommend a retreat run by sincere practitioners.

Check out the info about the session here:


I’ll be heading down there myself Friday evening so hit me up on Facebook or info@nashvillezencenter.org if you want to carpool. Much excite!


FYI: Nashville Secular Meditation will resume meeting on Sunday, 8/27 at 9am. Until then, enjoy your summer and get on their Facebook to keep up with the latest NSM news.


Here’s hoping I’ll be sitting with you in the Crown Jewel of the Delta! ~Steph



Tuesday Night at 7 | 2 sits and a Book Study

It’s the third Tuesday of the month so that means we are doing a chapter from “Old Path, White Clouds” by Thich Nhat Hahn.

We’re on chapter 62: Sariputta’s Roar. In which, Sariputta discovers the most ancient and powerful weapon in any skillful politician’s arsenal: The Humblebrag.

Come and listen to the chapter on tape. And then we’ll vigorously debate hierarchy and power structures in the O.G. sangha.



Saturday Morning at 8 || 3 sits and the Heart Sutra Service

Three rounds of 25 minute sitting and the Heart Sutra service. Tea, coffee, cookies and general life complaints shared among friends afterwards.


**Update** Nashville Secular Mediation will resume sitting not this Sunday but *next* Sunday (7/30). For more on this, check out their Facebook page.



Let’s congratulate Jonathan “Sangyo” on officially joining the sangha during the precepts retreat in Atlanta. Good to have you aboard!