New blog post by Lisa Ernst here:

A Phantom and A Dream: Social Media, Connection and Loneliness During the Holidays

This Saturday morning, November 28, from 10:30 until 12:00, we will have our “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” group. It is open to all beginners, or to anyone looking to refresh or deepen meditation practice. No reservation is required. Bring your friends and learn to meditate together!

There is no charge for this meeting. All donations are appreciated and help cover center expenses. Average donation is $5.

The meeting is at 12 South Dharma Center, above the store “Serendipity,” at 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202. Entrance is up the stairwell in the rear of the building.

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. Will you help support our presence and growth in the community through a year end donation?

Your generous contribution of any amount helps to strengthen the practice of awakening by making the dharma accessible to all those who wish to participate and learn. As we continue to seek new practice space in Nashville’s extremely high priced real estate environment, your donations will also help toward finding an affordable and accessible practice space that can accommodate our needs and growth.

If you would like to make a general year end donation, please go to here. 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.

In gratitude,

New Years Half Day Retreat

The Power of Intention: Clarifying Your Path for the New Year
Friday, January 1, 9 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

Join us for a half day intention setting retreat 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 $40 and is due by Monday, December 28. You can pay through Paypal here.  Instructions for paying by check are at this link. Be sure and include your email address. For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

Mindfulness Study

Want to take part in a brief online mindfulness study? Sara Eckstein, who has participated in a number of One Dharma workshops, is doing her PhD dissertation on mindfulness and has created a research questionnaire. She needs people to participate — if you’d like to help, here’s the info:

When you take a moment to slow down and smell the roses, you are engaging in mindfulness. Mindfulness can be defined as intentionally focusing on what you are feeling, thinking or doing in the present moment. When practicing mindfulness, you simply allow your experience to be exactly as it is, rather than judging it or trying to change it. Research has shown promising results about mindfulness being very helpful in stress reduction, pain management, and even ADHD symptom alleviation.

The present study invites you to complete a 10-15 minute online survey related to your thoughts about mindfulness. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 VISA gift card. This study hopes to assess what individuals in the modern world think about mindfulness so we can better understand reasons why people may be more or less willing to practice it. This research is important because it can help inform a variety of mindfulness-based treatments so they are more effective for a diverse range of individuals with unique preferences.

Eligibility: The only requirement for eligibility is that you must be an American adult. No prior knowledge of mindfulness is required.

If you are willing, please click on this link to complete this brief, confidential survey. Feel free to share this link with others so they can also complete the survey as well. If you have additional questions or concerns contact Sarah Eckstein, M.S., at seckstei1134@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Nashville Friends House
Led by Lisa Ernst


During the busyness and outward focus that often the lead into 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 morning, 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 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 $40. A reduced fee spot is available in the case of financial need, please inquire to the email below. Paypal is here. Instructions for paying by check are at this link. Please include your email address.
For questions, contact onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

Identity, Healing and Unconditional Love

Great overveiw by Gareth Young of the retreat I recently led in the north Georgia mountains. Click the link above to read.


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