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!


Annual NZC Sangha Meeting and Party, January 15!

Earlier, I announced that after our regular sit on Jan. 15th we will have our annual general meeting. I want to add that we will have refreshments and even, perhaps, some live entertainment! It may just be more like a party than a boring old meeting! Pretty transparent, aren't I? I'm "trying" to get everyone who at all can to come! All those who have been in attendance for at least two zazen sessions in the past several months are welcome . It'll probably last about an hour or so. In addition to the live entertainment, some of the other things that will happen will include announcing and introducing new board members/officers, discussing several items of NZC business that call for your input as sangha members (you are important!!!), and, of course, enjoying the refreshments we'll have on hand to celebrate the beginning of 2011. Some of the agenda items include: How to become a board member; upcoming one-day sits; involvement with the Atlanta Soto Zen Center; Bookstudy possibilities; other possible "community building" activities; Skype meetings with Sensei (Michael Elliston, Roshi); and so on. We may also go over briefly a few protocol items having to do with our "service." If you have any agenda items you would like us all to discuss at this meeting, just let me know and I will include it in our list.

So, if there is any morning when we really need you there, it is next week! Please consider the contribution you make to the sangha by showing up at this meeting. Do come and meet and greet your other sangha members and help us decide how we should go forward into 2011 and beyond!!

Bowing, Susan S.


Dec 25th, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day at NZC

The NZC will have our normal Saturday sit on Dec 25th, Christmas Day. Come get enlightened (or at least stare at a wall in silence) before getting onto your day of presents, fruitcake, and singing in the snow.

On New Year's Eve, we will have a special service marking Dogen's 108 gateways to enlightenment.

  • We begin at 8pm, with sitting periods of various lengths
  • Starting at 10:12pm, we ring the bell once per minute, ending at 108 rings at midnight

Afterwards, we will have lights snacks and bubbly (both kinds).

New Year's Day, despite the probability of sleepiness, we will begin sitting at the usual first-Saturday-of-the-month time of 5 a.m.

Those who would like to attend both the New Year's Eve event and the New Year's Day sit are welcome and encouraged to bring a sleeping bag or blanket and camp out from midnight to 5 a.m. Zen awakening/slumber party! We will of course have coffee and/or tea to begin our 5 a.m. sit, and snacks between the very early sit and our regular sit, beginning at 7 a.m.

See you there!



No book study this Saturday, Dec 18th

Our normally scheduled book study for the 3rd Saturday (in this case Dec. 18th) will be "unscheduled" due to an NZC board meeting at 9am following the 7am sit.

Odds are, we'll skip the book study on Jan. 1st as well, and resume on Jan. 15th, but look for a follow-up announcement discussing our Dec. 15th and Jan. 1st plans.