When do we meet?

The Nashville Zen Center is a NON-residential Soto Zen Sangha. This means no one lives there, and there are no overnight accommodation facilities, unless you book a local hotel. We are only at the center at the times posted on this site.

Please ensure that you will arrive at least 10 minutes early.  This promotes mindfulness and a settled sit for everyone.

Newcomers to the Zen center who would like an opportunity to ask questions and recieve sitting instruction are asked arrive 30 minutes for the scheduled sit time for an orientation. If this is what you would like to do, please write us here so we know to expect you.

The Nashville Zen Center meets here on:

  • Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. We sit for two 25-minute sessions, with a 5 minute walking meditation between. This is followed with a short, informal dharma discussion and closing chant.
  • Every Saturday at 7 a.m. We sit for three 25-minute sessions, with a 5 minute walking meditation after the first and second sitting periods. This is followed by the Heart Sutra service, and we are usually done around 9 a.m. 
  • Book Study on 3rd Tuesday Night of the Month. On book study nights, book study serves as the dharma discussion after the two 25 minute periods of sitting. We will read aloud from the book we are reading from so anyone can particpate in the discussion. Reading the chapters before coming is not required! For information on the book we are reading and where we are in the book, read our news and announcments page. We make a weekly posts about our activities (including the book study) and you can sign up on the mailing list or on Facebook to get the posts.
  • All Day Sits, Outdoor Sits, and Retreats. On occassion, NZC will host All Day sits at the zendo , Outdoor Sits off-site in a park, and a Spring Retreat in Penual Ridge. This can change from year to year due to causes and conditions. The best way to keep abreast of these special events is to subcribe to our weekly news and annoucments via our Facebook or our mailing list.