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


The ZEN IS IN THIS Saturday (7/8)

Hey y'all 
Regular ol' Saturday sittin' at 8 am tomorrow.
Then our Intro to Zen class at 10 am.
Can't wait to see everyone!
Much excite!

Play Hooky; No Saturday Sit (7/1)

We are; you should too!

Sorry, guys. With our three practice leaders occupied tomorrow (one moving, one working, one jet-lagged), we're canceling our Saturday morning sit tomorrow (7/1).

But don't you fret! We'll be right back on schedule with all three practice leaders re-engerized and focused.

Enjoy your Saturday

All my Best ~ Steph

July "Intro to Zen" Class pushed back a week.

Remember y'all:

We've cancelled the Intro to Zen class for this Saturday (7/1) but moved it to next Saturday (7/8).

We'll just be having regular sitting this Saturday.


~ Steph



Tuesday Night at 7 pm | 2 sits and 1 talk

Tonight, the emperor wears no clothes as we discuss authority and lack thereof in Zen and Life. I’ll be reading from Charlotte Joko Beck’s imitable “Everyday Zen”.  It’s sobering straight-forward book that I value a lot. 


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

Just a regular Saturday. Our usual Saturday service of three rounds of 25 minute sitting and chanting the Heart Sutra Service. Coffee, cookies, and conversation afterward. But *just* cookies and conversation afterwards because . . .



Sorry, gang. We are moving the Intro to Zen Class to next Saturday and canceling it for this Saturday. Nat is out of the country and I’m moving into my new house that day. We will be in a much better place to give a much better class next week. If you’ve emailed us saying you’d like to attend the class this month, expect an email from us the next few days.


Reminder:  Nashville Secular Meditation is on Summer Recess until 7/23. So they’ll resume no frills, simple sitting 4 Sundays from now.


I’m really looking forward to seeing you guys tonight. I’ve *really* missed you. Sorry I haven’t posted. June is the month that I decided my life wasn’t chaotic enough and I then decided to buy a house and go through surgery all in the same month. Go big or go home, right?

Anyway, I’m fully recovered, I’m moving in this weekend, and I’ll be back to regular sitting with you fine folks soon. How much better could my life get? Genuinely: my life is filled with nigh unbearable joy.


πŸ’•~ Steph

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