New Year’s Half Day Retreat
The Power of Intention: Clarifying Your Path for the New Year
January 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – Noon, 12 South Dharma Center
Led by Lisa Ernst
“One of the Buddha’s most penetrating discoveries is that our intentions are the main factors shaping our lives and that they can be mastered as a skill.”
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Please join us for a half day of sitting and walking meditation at the 12 South Dharma Center. At the beginning of a New Year, it is customary to take stock of our lives, to review the previous year and set our intentions for the upcoming twelve months and beyond. Bringing this evaluation onto the cushion, to look with fresh eyes and an open heart, can help us refine and clarify our direction and to live from the truest part of ourselves.
Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, the retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk and discussion. Cost is $35 and is due by Tuesday, December 24. You can bring your payment to one of our meetings or send a check, made out to One Dharma Nashville to: 12 South Dharma Center, c/o One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Avenue south, suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. You can also pay through Paypal here. Please use the first “donate” button. For questions or to reserve your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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One Dharma’s 2014 Mindful Photography calendar will be available for sale as a fundraiser starting on Monday, November 25. We don’t have the resources to ship calendars, so they will be available only during our regular meeting hours and our Saturday Intro Classes. The calendars are $20 each. If you’d like to buy one or two, you’ll be helping to support One Dharma’s ongoing programs and community outreach. Please note that quantities are limited so we will need to sell them on a first come, first served basis. Please join us for meditation and buy a calendar while you’re here! Here’s the cover image from Tracy Wilson:
2014 Calendar Cover
Year End Appeal
Fees for classes and retreats, as well as donations from our regular meetings, help sustain and expand our offerings. They alone, however, don’t provide enough to cover all of our expenses or to maintain a prudent reserve. Donations are vital to the growth and success of One Dharma and your generosity is a key to sustaining our community. Please, will you help support our presence and growth in the community through a year end donation? Your generous contribution of any amount helps to support and strengthen the practice of awakening by making the dharma more accessible to all those who wish to participate and learn.
If you would like to make a one time general donation, please go here. One of the best ways to support One Dharma is to become a monthly donor. Please consider signing up for a monthly offering through this link. All donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.
Thank you for the gift of your practice and presence at our classes and retreats. You are the reason One Dharma exists in our community.
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Once again this year, One Dharma will offer a Refuge and Precepts Ceremony in December for committed practitioners. If you’re interested, here is some general information:
About the Refuge Ceremony
Taking refuge means relying wholeheartedly on the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to inspire and guide us toward a constructive and beneficial direction in our lives. The real taking of refuge occurs deep in our hearts and isn’t dependent on doing or saying anything. Nevertheless, we may wish to participate in the refuge ceremony by requesting a dharma teacher to formally give us refuge. The refuge ceremony is simple: we repeat the passages after the teacher and open our hearts to make a strong connection with the Three Jewels. The ceremony also “officially” makes us a Buddhist.
About Taking Precepts
Precepts are a joy, not a burden. They aren’t designed to keep us from having a good time and to make us feel deprived. The purpose of taking precepts is to give us internal strength so that we won’t act in ways that we don’t want to. Having understood that killing, stealing, selfishness and so forth only lead us to harm ourselves and others now and in the future, we’ll want to avoid these. Taking precepts give us energy and strength to do so. Therefore, it’s said that precepts are the ornaments of the wise.
To help people overcome their disturbing attitudes and stop committing harmful actions, the Buddha set out five precepts. During the refuge ceremony, in addition to taking refuge in the Three Jewels, we can take any or all of the five precepts, and become a lay Buddhist.
The five precepts
1. I observe the precept of abstaining from the destruction of life.
2. I observe the precept of abstaining from taking that which is not given.
3. I observe the precept of abstaining from sexual misconduct.
4. I observe the precept of abstaining from falsehood.
5. I observe the precept of abstaining from intoxicants that cloud the mind and cause carelessness.
The precepts are guidelines and not commandments. For example, the precept of not killing doesn’t mean you have to give up eating meat (unless you want to) but to cultivate compassion and mindfulness of the places in your life where you can reduce harming to living things.
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A lot of talented photographers attended the October 5 retreat. Everyone has uploaded images to a “mindful photos” Flickr account, which you can view here. Enjoy their talent while viewing the beautiful grounds of Penuel Ridge. Our 2014 Mindful Photography calendar will be available for sale in mid to late November. The calendar is a fundraiser for One Dharma.
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Living in The Divine Abodes
Saturday, November 16 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Led by Lisa Ernst
Nashville Friends House
Please join us as we learn to cultivate what the Buddha called “the immeasurable states of heart and mind” – the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes. These are the qualities of love, compassion, joy and equanimity that reside in us all. We will learn powerful practices to reduce anger, greed and pride by opening our hearts to love for all beings. As our hearts awaken, we can discover a deeper sense of openness and interconnection with all of life.
Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst of One Dharma Nashville, this retreat is appropriate to newcomers as well as experienced meditators. It will include guided and silent meditation, walking practices, instructions and dharma talk.
Retreat cost is $35, and advance payment will reserve your spot. Paypal is available here. If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to: One Dharma Nashville c/o 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address.
For questions email email@example.com
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On October 5 I led One Dharma Nashville’s 2013 Contemplative Photography Retreat at Penuel Ridge in Ashland City. It’s a beautiful retreat site and very conducive to meditation and photography. Rather than writing a general recap, I thought I’d share something written by one of the attendees, Tracy Wilson, about her experience at the retreat.
To read the full post, go here.
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Intimate with All Things
Awakening the Wise Heart
Residential Retreat at Bethany Hills, Kingston Springs, TN
Thursday evening, December 5 – Sunday Noon, December 8
Led by Lisa Ernst
The dharma offers a pathway to discover equanimity, freedom and compassion. Through cultivating a wise heart, we come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life, to be deeply intimate with the totality of our experience.
This silent retreat will foster a quality of compassionate presence that opens the heart and dissolves the illusion of separation. It will include sitting and walking meditation, instructions, lovingkindness practice and optional meetings with the teacher. The retreat is appropriate for newer as well as experienced meditators.
Retreat cost is $190 if paid in full by Monday, November 4. After, the cost is $215. A reduced fee spot is available if you need financial assistance. Please inquire for rates. Attendance for all three days is required. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana offering (donation) to the teacher.
If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to: One Dharma Nashville c/o 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address. Paypal is available here.
Lisa Ernst is the founder and guiding teacher at One Dharma Nashville. She began meditation practice in the late ’80′s in the Zen Buddhist tradition, studying closely with two Rinzai Zen Masters and attending numerous mediation retreats. Lisa has also studied and practiced in the Theravada tradition since the late 90′s. She has been teaching since 2005 and was given dharma transmission from Trudy Goodman in 2010.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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