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Sometimes, in trying to hold ourselves up and avoid drowning, we may feel the rope burning and slipping through our hands. But we can find unimaginable freedom by letting go of the rope and learning to swim in the drowning pool.

The monkey is reaching
For the moon in the water.
Until death overtakes him
He’ll never give up.
If he’d let go the branch and
Disappear in the deep pool,
The whole world would shine
With dazzling pureness.

– Hakuin

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Starting February 3, One Dharma’s Introduction to Meditation and Saturday Sit is moving to weekly (rather than bi-weekly). It is open to all newcomers, to anyone interested in learning meditation, and to anyone interested in deepening their practice.

From 10:30 to 11:30 will be informal instruction and short meditations, followed by a 30 minute sit from 11:30 to 12:00. You’re welcome to join us for either or both sessions.

It will take place at the Osher Center in Movement Room C. We would love to see you, and please bring a friend! Cushions, mats, and chairs are provided. There is no charge for the group, but donations are appreciated and go toward paying group expenses. (Avg. donation is $5-10.)

The Osher Center is at 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 380. Parking is free, in the rear of the building, off of Orleans. Enter the building through the garage entrance, and turn left at the desk, pass the first Osher Center entrance, and enter the second Osher Center door. Our room (Movement Room C) is the second one you will encounter, on the right.

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Yes, I’m leading another tour this year and I’m very excited about our destinations and itinerary. Here’s more info and a link to the full tour information:

Encounters with the Buddha:
A Pilgrim’s Footsteps through India and Nepal, with Lisa Ernst
November 3 – 17, 2018
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This year’s tour with Lisa Ernst will be covering some new ground, traveling through the Himalayan foothills of India and Nepal. We will be spending some time with the exiled Tibetan community in Dharamsala, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini, having a short retreat in a mountain monastery, and exploring the ancient shrines of Kathmandu.

Along the way Lisa will be guiding meditation in various locations, and we will also be learning from local Buddhist practitioners as we visit monasteries, shrines and other points of interest.

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This tour is open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and meditation, from newcomers to dedicated practitioners.

For the full itinerary, cost and registration information, click here.

 

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I led a Buddhist pilgrimage to India in November 2017. It was an amazing trip with many wonderful and challenging moments. Through it all, many dharma lessons arose. Here I share some of my journey and the lessons learned.

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Due to hazardous driving conditions, today’s Saturday Introduction to Meditation Class has been cancelled. Please join us on Saturday, January 27th instead.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9 a.m. – Noon
Nashville Friends House

Lisa Ernst, meditation teacher and founder of One Dharma Nashville, and Terry Huff, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of Living Well with ADHD, will offer a workshop on meditation for adults with ADHD and/or anxiety. The workshop will include lecture, practice, and discussion and will address the following:

1. Why meditate for ADHD and anxiety?
2. Basics of practice
3. Different practices for
a. selective attention (focusing)
b. open awareness (expanding)
c. compassion (for self and other)

Research shows that mindfulness practice improves concentration, attention regulation, self-observation (of mental activity), working memory, and emotion regulation.

The workshop will be held at The Nashville Friends House, 530 26th Ave N. Cost is $60 and is due by the January 30 registration deadline; after $70. A reduced fee is available if you can’t afford the full fee.

Payment can be made by check or paypal. For Paypal go here. Instructions for paying by check are at the same link. Please include your email address.

Contact ernst.lisa@gmail.com or tmhuff@comcast.net to inquire. Terry’s book is available at terrymhuff.com.

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The Power of Intention: Clarifying Your Path for the New Year
Monday, January 1 2018, 9 a.m. – Noon
Nashville Friends Meeting
Led by Lisa Ernst

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“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

Start your New Year on the cushion by joining us for a half day intention setting retreat. At the beginning of a New Year, it is customary to take stock of our lives and the world we live in, 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 $50 and is due by Thursday, December 28. A reduced fee option is available for those who need financial support. Paypal is available here. Instructions for paying by check are here. Be sure to include your email address. For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

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