1st and 3rd Saturdays Bookstudy resuming....on November 4th!!!

Bookstudy starting up again....Bookstudy starting up again....Bookstudy starting up again....Bookstudy starting up again.....

...Please cancel anything you were planning on doing, THIS Saturday morning, from 9:00 to 10:00 am, as we will again take up "Opening the Hand of Thought", Kosho Uchiyama's penetrating insight into "jijuyu zanmai". We will resume with Chapter 6. No previous experience with NZC bookstudies is required, in fact, you don't even have to have read the book or chapter, although it is useful if you have. Come join in arguing about the most inane topics one could imagine. Highly entertainment- the perfect balance for the calm you might have felt after zazen.

We will resume our schedule of bookstudy on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month. Hey, tea, coffee and cookies, too! See you there, Little Bodhisattvas!


5 a.m (what in the Name of Sanity?) sit this Saturday. 

Early 5 A.M. sit this Saturday, November 4th, starting at....oddly enough.......4:55 a.m., but we'd be happy to see you at 5 AM, if that's the earliest you can make it.

Early 5 A.M. sit this Saturday,....Early 5 A.M. sit this Saturday,.....Early 5 A.M. sit this Saturday,........Early 5 A.M. sit this Saturday,......


Sensei Taiun Michael Elliston Public Talk

Sensei Taiun Michael Elliston, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, will deliver an introductory talk on Zen Buddhist practice on October 14th. The event is open to the public, please click here for details.



October Sesshin at Penuel Ridge

The dates of our Fall sesshin are Oct. 11-17, with setup happening on Sunday evening of the 10th. Every one is warmly welcomed to attend all days or any days that you can. You may, for example, be able to take off work and join us on  Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th. Saturday the 16th we will be having regular service at the NZC with Michael Elliston, Roshi joining us. Elliston Roshi will also be with us at the NZC on Tuesday evening the 12th and will be giving a public lecture (place TBA) on Thursday evening. So even if you cannot make it out to Penuel Ridge, you have these opportunities to meet and talk with Elliston Roshi. There are other ways you can participate in the retreat too! If you feel you could provide one or more pre-cooked meals that we could bring out with us, or if you could help with the set up on Sunday evening the 10th, that would be wonderful also. Daily costs will run about $45 including room and board. If you would like to donate a "sesshin-ship" to support someone who has difficulty meeting their personal expenses for the retreat, that is another way you may support our joint efforts to embody the dharma. For information on Penuel Ridge Retreat Center, go to If you would like to sign up for one or more days of the retreat, or if you have any questions please contact Susan Schoenbohm.

    Our daily schedule for most days will be as follows:

Daily Schedule

05:50 Open Zendo

06:00-07:30 Zazen+Kinhin
(3 x 25 - 05)

07:30-08:30 Breakfast

08:30-09:00 Cleaning

09:00-11:10 Zazen+Kinhin
(3 x 40 - 5)

11:10-12:15 Dharma Talk

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Rest/Study

2:00-3:50 Zazen/Kinhin
(2x 50-10)

3:50-5:25 Yoga/Exercise

5:30- 6:00 Zazen

6:00-7:25 Supper/cleanup

7:30 Open Zendo

7:30-9:00 Zazen+Kinhin
(3x 25-05)

9:00 PM Close Zendo


Sit begins at 5 a.m. this coming Saturday, Oct. 2

While we welcome all comers to all our sitting sessions when they can come, we especially encourage everyone to come for longer sitting periods. This coming Saturday, we will have an extended sitting opportunity. In addition to our regular sit and service that begins at 7 a.m., this coming Saturday (and every first Saturday of each month) we offer everyone the opportunity to arrive at 5 a.m. and sit for two 45-minute periods (with 5 min. kin hin in between) until 6:30, followed by a break until we begin again at 7.