Who are we?

The Nashville Zen Center (Bringing NoThing to Nashville Since 1982) was founded in 1982 by people interested in Zen Buddhist practice. Like each of us, our Center has no fixed Self, and has evolved and undergone many changes over the years. Currently, we offer Zen practice in the Soto tradition (Japanese), in the lineage of Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi. Most sessions are led by students of Taiun Michael Elliston, Roshi, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center and head of the Silent Thunder Order of Soto Zen practice. We welcome everyone to experience this practice with us; From the merely curious to the serious seeker, we have a cushion just for you!

What we do (or strive for)  ...per Bodhidharma:

"A special transmission outside of the scriptures. No dependence upon words or letters. Direct pointing at the soul of man. Seeing into one's own nature and the attainment of Buddhahood. "

Contact information is here, or just come sit with us here:

3123 Gallatin Pike,
Nashville, TN 37216

We meet Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 7 a.m.  Click here to see our full schedule information; there are also reading groups and early sits.


New to NZC? Great!

Please read this message from our senior practice leader, Nat Brown, for our hearty welcome and for information about orientation.