Spring Retreat at Penuel Ridge Retreat Center, April 21-24, with Brad Warner

Yes, folks, what better way to celebrate Spring than by joining us for our annual Spring retreat at beautiful Penuel Ridge! We plan to set up on Thursday afternoon, April 21, meeting at the Zen Center at 3:30 and caravaning to Penuel Ridge from there. We will have supper Thursday evening after set up and  begin our sit bright and early (5 a.m.) on Friday, April 22. Zazen sessions will run through noon on Sunday, April 24, followed by lunch, a traditional ice cream treat, and clean up Sunday afternoon.  This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen and support each other in our practice and to have engaging discussions with the infamous Brad Warner of Hard Core Zen and Sex, Sin and Zen fame. We heartily encourage everyone to join us for whatever portion of the retreat you can and especially encourage those who are able to come for the entire time. Why not take that Friday off work and join us? Sleeping facilities are limited, so sign up now by contacting us at info@nashvillezencenter.org.

Costs are as follows:

Lodging plus board per day, including overnight accomodations (bedding and towels provided): $60

Board only: $35 per day, or $15 per meal.

Half day board (breakfast and lunch or lunch and supper): $25

Thursday evening- Sunday all inclusive: $175

These costs do not include dana for Brad. We strongly encourage those who are able to consider giving generously to our illustrious visiting teacher. We recommend between $25 and $50 per day or more depending on ability to give. Also, a limited number of "scholarships" for coverage of retreat costs are available on request, depending on need. Please let us know if you are in need of financial assistance. An individuals' inability to meet costs should not be sufficient grounds for them not to attend. All are welcome.

We also need people to perform specific duties during the retreat, including especially Tenzo (cook) and Work Captain (clean up supervisor) duties. Please contact info@nashvillezencenter.org if you are willing to provide food and/or cook (a) meal(s) at the retreat. If we distribute these duties among us evenly, no one will need to work too hard!

The schedule that we plan to follow:

Friday and Saturday

5:00 open zendo

5:00 a.m. - 6:25 a.m. zazen (3X25/5)

6:30-7:30 breakfast

7:30-8:00 clean up

8:00-11:30 zazen (3X50/10+1/25)

11:25 Heart Sutra Service

12:00-1:00 lunch

1:00-1:30 clean up

1:30-2:00 rest

2:00-3:30 zazen (2X40/5)

3:30-5:00 dharma discussion

5:00-6:45 exercise

6:45-7:30 supper

7:30-8:55 zazen (3X25/5)

9:00 close zendo


5:00 open zendo

5:00-6:30 zazen (3X25)

6:30-7:30 breakfast

7:30-8:00 cleanup

8:00-10:50 zazen (3X50/10)

10:50 Heart Sutra Service

11:00 Close Zendo

11:30-12:30 lunch

12:30-however long it takes clean up



Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions about this event.

For more information about and directions to Penuel Ridge Retreat Center, follow this link: www.penuelridge.org.

See you there!


Reminder: Super Saturday: Early Sit and Book study this coming Saturday

Join us if you can for our "Super Saturday" this coming weekend, Mar.5. We begin sitting at 5 a.m. with 2X 40 zazen sessions, a break at 6:30, then another 3X25 minutes of zazen beginning at 7:00 a.m., followed by the Heart Sutra service, and, at 9 by our book study. In our book study, we will be continuing with Khyentse's What Makes You Not a Buddhist?, focusing on chapter 2 and, if time permits, chapter 3. All are welcome to come when they can and stay as long as they are able.


Next Bookstudy, Feb. 19: New Book! What Makes You Not A Buddhist?

At our next book study after our regular sit on Saturday, Feb. 19, we will begin reading What Makes You Not A Buddhist by Jamyang Khyentse. Contact Brett Milner for a copy of the book. He has already ordered a number of them and you can get one from him. See you there!


All Day Sit, Sunday, February 20

We will have an all-day sit at the Nashville Zen Center, beginning at 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on February 20. Meet at the NZC a little before 6. Please bring a bag lunch. We will supply beverages. After we finish in the late afternoon, we will go to supper together at a local restaurant. I will post the schedule early next week. The length of the zazen sessions will vary from 25 minutes to 50 minutes. See you there!


Early Sit and Book Study February 5

Next Saturday, Feb. 5, being the first Saturday in Feb. we will begin zazen at 5 a.m. with two 40 minutes sessions. Come and join us then or later, beginning at 7 a.m. for our regular three 25 minute zazen sessions. Afterwards, begining at 9, we will have our last hour long discussion of Uchiyama Roshi's book, Opening the Hand of Thought. We will focus on the last two chapters of this book. Anyone interested in discussing these chapters or returning to other parts of the book, is welcome. We will also decide on a new book to read. Please let Susan, Nat, Bill, Brett, or Eric know which book you'd like to read. Some possibilities include Stephen Batchelor's Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist ; Bill Porter's Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China; Omiri Sogen's An Introduction to Zen Training; Dainin Katagiri's Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time; and any others you might suggest. Let me (Susan) know if you have any questions. See you there!