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These calendars were created with photos from our 2014 October Contemplative Photography Retreat. Created once again this year by Shelley Davis-Wise, each photo includes a dharma quote or poem. The calendars are for sale during our regular hours and are $20 each. They are a fund raiser for One Dharma. Here is a sample image:

Calendar

To reserve your calendar(s) or arrange pick up, email onedharmainfo@gmail.com.

Once again this year, One Dharma will offer a Refuge and Precepts Ceremony 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 refrain “I observe the precept of abstaining from …” which begins every precept clearly shows that these are not commandments. They are instead codes of conduct that lay Buddhists undertake out of clear understanding and conviction that they are good for both themselves and for society.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact ernst.lisa@gmail.com no later than November 17.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Nashville Friends House
Led by Lisa Ernst

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During the busyness and outward focus that often accompany the holidays, this daylong retreat will offer a quiet time to slow down, connect with our bodies and extend kindness and compassion to ourselves and others. Slowly, in the simplicity and silence of the day, we will learn to let go of distractions and touch our experience with a kind and open heart.

Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for newer and more experienced meditators. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and dharma talk.

Retreat fee is $50 and is due by Friday, November 28. A reduced fee spot is available, please inquire to the email below. Paypal is here. If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to 12 South Dharma Center, c/o One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana offering (donation) to the teacher.
For questions, contact onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

This dharma talk was recorded on October 1, 2014 at Insight Nashville. It includes a guided meditation on how to work with deep questions in your life:

Living the Questions Dharma Talk and Guided Meditation by Lisa Ernst.

Saturday, October 25, 1 – 4 p.m., 12 South Dharma Center

Cost: $35

Led by Lisa Ernst

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Learning to integrate our meditation practice with speech and communication is a vital step to bring mindfulness, compassion and realization into our daily lives. In this half day retreat we will extend deep listening and mindfulness from our sitting meditation into relational practices. These practices will help us listen and communicate from the heart as well as stay fully present in both silence and speech.

The workshop will include sitting meditation, mindful dialogue and group interaction. Cost is $35. Payment may be made through paypal here. If paying by check, make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to: 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Be sure to include your email address.

Lisa Ernst is a Buddhist Meditation teacher in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah. She is the founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. She regularly leads classes, daylong and residential meditation retreats.

For information, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com

There’s still time to register for Lisa Ernst’s Fall Contemplative Photography and Meditation Workshop, coming up on Saturday, October 4 at a lovely, rural site in College Grove, TN (about 35 minutes from downtown Nashville). Full information and registration is here.

Here’s a great shot (and calendar cover) from last year’s workshop, by Tracy Wilson:

2014 Calendar Cover

2014 Calendar Cover

We’ve completed our first round of registrations and can accept several more participants for this retreat:

Sponsored by One Dharma Nashville

Sunday Evening, November 9 – Sunday Noon, November 16

Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN

Led by Lisa Ernst

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As winter approaches and daylight wanes, there is a natural tendency slow down and turn inward. Yet, in the busyness of the approaching holiday season we may forget that true refuge is right where we are. This silent retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of compassionate presence that embraces our experience with equanimity and insight. Through this practice we begin to pierce the illusion of separateness and taste the joy of interconnectedness to all things.

The retreat is offered on a sliding scale basis from $425 – $550, which includes lodging and all meals. Teacher compensation (dana) is separate. A $300 deposit will reserve your spot with the balance due by November 1.

Lisa Ernst is an authorized Buddhist Meditation teacher in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. She is the founder of One Dharma Nashville. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. She regularly leads classes, daylong and residential meditation retreats.

Deposits can be made through Paypal here or mailed to One Dharma Nashville, c/o 12 South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37204.  Be sure to include your email address.

For questions email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

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