Category Archives: Nashville Buddhism

The Buddhist Temple Logo

The Buddhist TempleThe Buddhist Temple logo is made up of 2 symbolic Buddhist elements: the Bodhi Leaf and the Dhamma Wheel along with the Dhamma of the Eightfold Path.

According to Buddhist tradition, the tree under which the Buddha sat when he attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya (near Gaya, west-central Bihar state, India) was a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa). A sapling in Sri Lanka, is said to have grown from a cutting from the tree sent to that city by King Ashoka in the 3rd century BC.

The Dhamma Wheel symbol is represented as a chariot wheel with eight spokes. It is the oldest known Buddhist symbol found in Indian art, appearing with the first surviving post-Harappan Indian iconography in the time of the Buddhist king Aśoka. The Dhamma Wheel has been used by all Buddhist nations as a symbol ever since. In its simplest form it is recognized globally as a symbol for Buddhism.  The eight spokes represent the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. They are said to have sharp edges to cut through ignorance.

The words on each of the spokes of the wheel are Pali words used to define the Eight Fold Path given by the Buddha.

Nashville Shambhala Meditation Group

The Nashville Shambhala Meditation Group is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and further developed by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala vision is rooted in the contemplative teachings of Buddhism, yet is a fresh expression of the spiritual journey for our time.

Nashville Zen Center

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!

Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Tenessee

The Khenpo Rinpoche’s first began teaching in Tennessee in 1987 and in 1990 Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Tennessee was established. Now one of region’s largest Tibetan dharma groups, we meet regularly at our center; the Yeshe Tsogyal House in Nashville and hold annual retreats led by the Khenpo Rinpoches at Padma Gochen Ling, our rustic retreat center outside Monterey, Tennessee. We would sincerely like to express our many thanks for the generosity and commitment of our sangha members and friends in supporting Rinpoche’s vision here in Tennessee

One Dharma

One Dharma Nashville is an integrative Buddhist meditation and study group that draws from the wisdom traditions of Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan. We were founded in 2006 by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, who wished to offer a contemporary Buddhist sangha that also maintains its roots in traditional teachings and practices. One Dharma is at the forefront of Western Buddhism, where we have access to all of the great dharma traditions that were once segregated by geography in the East. Each of the three traditions offer teachings and practices such as lovingkindness, compassion and mindfulness, that can help us realize true freedom in our own lives.