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The Precepts - Zen Advice for Living the Good Life

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One day-long retreat Saturday, August 10th (9am to 6pm)

One half day retreat Sunday, August 11th (1pm-5pm)

Silent sitting in the Soto Zen tradition with just enough slow flow yoga to keep your legs happy, and just enough discussion and camaraderie to remind you that we’re all in this together.

Experience a day of quiet contemplation in a relaxed group setting. Instructions on how to sit zazen (“just sitting” meditation) will be provided at the beginning of the retreat and as needed throughout (we are all beginners here!). There will be dharma talks to help break up the silence and yoga breaks to ease the tension in the body and help clear the mind. Opportunity for one-on-one practice discussion with Dave will also be provided. The focus of the retreat will be on the precepts (ethical vows) - somewhere in between a promise and a riddle, at their heart they are just advice for how to live the good life. It will be an ongoing discussion of the fruitful complexity of ethics and morality in a world that is never quite as black and white as we might wish it to be. Join us for an opportunity to study them together in our words, actions, and ample silences as we take the time to watch them play out in real time along the wall.


You are welcome to attend either day’s sessions or both days if you like.

Register for the day-long retreat on Saturday, August 10th (9am to 6pm) here
Register for the half-day retreat on Sunday, August 11th (1pm-5pm) here
Register for both days here
Register via Venmo @wildheartnashville and put “The Precepts Retreat” in the comment


Dave Cuomo is the resident caretaker and director of the Angel City Zen Center. Founded by popular Buddhist author and blogger, Brad Warner, the Angel City Zen Center offers their own unique brand of irreverently reverent Soto Zen practice in the heart of Los Angeles. In addition to serving up weekly meals for the center, painting cartoon memes for their social media, producing the ACZC podcast, and managing the residents, Dave also gives regular dharma talks and plays host to their weekly koan discussion group.

Dave has been practicing Zen since 2007, originally with the Nashville Zen Center under the tutelage of Sensei Michael Elliston. In 2015 he moved to Los Angeles to attend University of the West's Buddhist Chaplaincy graduate program. Brad Warner ordained him in 2017.


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! Find out more.

Earlier Event: August 9
Refuge Recovery
Later Event: August 11
Meditation and Dharma Talk