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!


ZEN THIS WEEK: The Gate opens only to The Perplexed

Tuesday Night at 7 pm | 2 sits and 1 talk

There’s nothing to attain in Zen. But if you had one emotion to shoot for, it would be perplexity. So let’s talk about that. I’ll be using Stephen Bachelor’s “Buddhism Without Beliefs” to back me up.


Saturday Morning at 8 am | 3 sits and 1 Heart Sutra Service

We are indeed sitting this Saturday. Come for three rounds of sitting, coffee, cookies, and light chanting. You know, all the things you’d want to write home about.


Reminder:  Nashville Secular Meditation is on Summer Recess until 7/23. So they’ll be back at “just sitting” not this Sunday but the Sunday after next.


Did you know there’s a big ol’ retreat happenin’ down in Hotlanta? Why yes, indeed. Our mothership the Atlanta Soto Zen Center is having 40th anniversary party.

How does a zen center celebrate? By sitting, of course! Well . . . that and holding an Art and Music Festival to boot.

The Precepts Retreat starts today, Tuesday, 7/11 and goes until Sunday, 7/16. Plenty of sitting and celebration to go around! Nat’s giving a dharma talk on Friday. And our very own Johnathan is taking the precepts Sunday. Yay!

Read up on the event here.

Register here.

And ask us as many questions as you want about the event or ASZC here (info@nashvillezencenter.org).


Knock ‘em dead, Nat! You always do!

I’m so excited we are finally getting you Jukai, Johnathan! We’ve been waiting for this for a while.


An Excellent Week to All ~ Steph