Zen this Week: Problems vs Decisions vs the Holidays

Tonight at 7pm, we’ll have two sits and a discussion. I’ll be reading from Charlotte Joko Beck’s “Everyday Zen” in which she discusses how decisions don’t have to be problems if we know what we are. Also, she rags on the Holidays a bit. That’s the part that’s speaking to me anyway.


Just a regular Saturday Morning Sit at 7am in four days’ time. Join us for 3 rounds of 25 minute sits then coffee, cookies, and whatever silly things we happen to cook up to talk about that day.


Next Tuesday Night (11/28), we’ll be having a Memorial Dinner in honor of our lineage founder Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi. We’ll be having his favorite meal Mizutaki (vegetables in broth). We ask for a contribution of $50, for the meal…or whatever you can afford.  All proceeds benefit the Silent Thunder Order and Sensei. But please don’t let lack of funds keep you away. We want to chow down and talk with you in any case.


Congratulations Taiken (James) and Reiro (Abhilash) on taking the next steps in deepening formal practice! And to Antone, whose impeccable anagrams made for one amusing cake.


~ Steph


Zen This Week: Precepts, Smecepts

Tuesday Night at 7pm || Two Sits and One Discussion

Tonight at Gallatin Pike, we discuss the Buddhist Precepts: What they are, what they mean, and how you can spin them around to get something completely different, vis-à-vis Bodhidharma.

 We do this because we have two Precepts Ceremonies coming up. Speaking of which  . . .


All Day Sit *This* Saturday (11/18)

WHERE? The Clubhouse, Right across from 8569 Sawyer Brown Rd. Nashville TN 37227

A bit of a serpentine road behind some Belleuve condos; Can’t miss it for the pool in back.

WHEN? Sits Starting at 7am. Drop in and drop out as you have need. Retreat format with structured sit times and breaks. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Precepts ceremonies start around 2pm.

WHY? Abhilash is becoming a disciple. James is becoming an intiate. Sensei is coming up to see us and to officiate. We are stupid happy about all of that. So how do Zen people celebrate? Why by sitting, of course! Also  . . . there *may* be cake. Can’t turn down sits and cake, right?

HOW MUCH? Just $25 if you can swing it. But please come anyway if you can. Bring cash or pay via paypal here (  http://nashvillezencenter.org/donate/ )

WHAT ELSE? Please comment on this post on Facebook or write us at info@nashvillezencenter.org to let us know you are coming. You can also write us for more detailed directions or with any questions you may have.

No sitting at Gallatin this Saturday! We’ll all be at the clubhouse!


Be sitting with you fine folks real soon. Thanks everyone for helping us move! Here’s hoping for Full Mountain Sitting from here! ~ Steph



Zen This Week: Newcomer’s Night, Moving, & An All Day Sit Celebration with Sensei 


Tonight is the 1st ever Newcomer’s Night. If you are new to Zen and want to hear all about it or if you just have wanted to pop by and check us out for a while, we have a cushion just for you!
Because of our location upgrade, we are switching over our Intro to Zen class from the first Saturday of the month to a Newcomer’s Night on the first Tuesday of the month. The content will be the same. You’ll get a brief introduction to Buddhism, some Zen history, and a lot of instruction on how to do seated meditation.
Please bring $10 to donate to the center or whatever you can swing (even if that’s nada). We’re here to practice meditation not count money; we just happen to need to keep the lights on too. So throw some kopeks our way if you can spare them. We start at 7pm tonight at the new location 3123 Gallatin Pike.
Saturday (11/11) we are sitting at 7am at Gallatin Pike. Then we are moving our stuff out of Plus Park. You’d be doing the sangha a real solid if you could find it in your heart full of boundless compassion to tote a couple cushions and boxes for us this Saturday.  Please meet us at Gallatin Pike after the sitting (around 9am) if you wish to help with the move.
Saturday After Next (11/18) is All-Day Sit with Sensei and Woo-woo Ceremonies!
We are very pleased to announce that Abhilash has finished his vestments and is ready to receive the precepts as a disciple. Congratulations, Abhilash! Sewing a Rakusu is no mean feat!
We are equally pleased that James has decided to formally join our group lovable lunatics that we call a sangha. He will be taking the precepts as an initiate. So our guiding teacher, Michael Elliston Roshi, has taken it upon himself to come up to Nashville and perform the ceremonies: Abhilash’s Zaike Tokudo and James’ Jukai.

How do we properly celebrate such grand occasion? Well, with sitting, of course. What else?

So it’s all day sit with two ceremonies and Sensei. More details next week after we’ve hammered out the finer points.


Hey, Thanks for hanging in there throughout all these changes. It means a lot to us. ~ Steph




Sitting at 7am on Gallatin This Saturday || No Intro to Zen Class

We are now sitting at 3123 Gallatin Pike!
Tomorrow's Saturday Morning Sit starts there at 7am.
**No Intro to Zen Class**
Instead please come to Newcomers' Night this Tuesday. (It's the same content, just at a different time)
Park in the back. Yes the pig playing a banjo on the side of the building is real.

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

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