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


Opening Ceremony and Potluck at new NZC location tomorrow (10/1 @6pm


If you want to take a gander at the new NZC location, please join us at 3123 Gallatin Pike to celebrate the opening of Against The Stream's Nashville new building this Sunday October 1st at 6pm.
NZC will be moving to this location in November. So if you want to scope it out and get some chow down with our ATS friends, please pop on by!




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

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