Update — Fall 7 Day Residential Retreat near Nashville

Sunday Evening, November 9 – Sunday Noon, November 16

Sponsored by One Dharma Nashville

Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN

Led by Lisa Ernst

398b3-lotusblossomAs 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 deposit of $300 is due upon registration with the balance due no later than November 1. To make your deposit, go here. For paypal, please use the donate button. For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.

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.

For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com

Mindful Photography Workshop

Cultivating Clarity, Receptivity and Joy With a Camera

Saturday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Rural College Grove, TN

Registration deadline, Friday, September 26 doublelog

Please join us in a beautiful rural setting for a day of mindfulness as we combine meditation and the practice of contemplative photography. We will use our cameras as a means to reflect our awareness of this moment in its ever changing forms. This approach often yields unexpected and remarkable results that differ from conventional shots. There’s no need for expensive equipment or technical knowledge, just a willingness to meet the moment in an open and receptive state.  A simple, yet profound joy often arises in this alliance of mind and heart, camera and surroundings.

Led by meditation teacher and artist Lisa Ernst, the workshop is suitable to beginning and experienced meditators. In addition to several photography sessions, the workshop will include meditation, silence and group interaction. The retreat site, about 35 minutes from downtown Nashville, includes wooded hills, fields, rock formations and interesting structures.

The fee is on a sliding scale from $75 – $100. Two reduced fee slots are available for those who need financial assistance.

A $50 deposit reserves your space and is due by 9/26. 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. Details and directions will be sent in advance of the retreat. For more information email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com.


Basics of Meditation Three Week Course

Sponsored by One Dharma Nashville

Thursdays September 11, 18 and October 2, 2014

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Still Lake reflecting the clouds and sky.   - Lisa Ernst

Still Lake reflecting the clouds and sky.
– Lisa Ernst

This 3 week course is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced meditators who want to refresh the fundamentals of their practice. In a step-by-step process you will learn the nuts and bolts of insight meditation and basic mindfulness practices. You will learn correct meditation approaches to insure an effective and ongoing practice. You will also learn to be more in touch with your body, emotions and mind through Buddhist mindfulness. This class will provide you with a supportive environment; there will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Led by senior meditators and One Dharma facilitators Michael Crowder and Patsy Cutillo, with guidance from founding teacher Lisa Ernst.

Course fee is $50 and can be paid through Paypal here.

For information, email onedharmainfo@gmail.com

Spring Renewal Residential Retreat


Spring Renewal Residential Meditation Retreat

Awakening the Heart of Wisdom

Thursday Evening, April 24 – Sunday Noon, April 27

Led by Lisa Ernst

Early Registration Discount Through March 24


Each spring the earth awakens from its winter slumber. Surrounded by the fresh green of newly leafed trees and longer, warmer days, we will renew our minds and hearts in the simple yet profound practice of sitting and walking meditation. Gradually this practice will penetrate all realms of our being as we awaken to this moment with deep gratitude and joy. The practice will be supported by daily instructions, lovingkindness and optional teacher meetings.

The retreat will be held at Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN. Cost is $190 if paid by 3/24; $215 after. Attendance for all three days is required. If you are unable to pay the full price, please contact us for reduced fee/work exchange options. 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. Be sure to include your email address.

Lisa Ernst is the founder and guiding teacher at One Dharma Nashville. She began intensive meditation practice in the late ’80′s in the Zen tradition. Lisa has also studied and practiced in the Theravada tradition since the late 90′s. She has been teaching for ten years and was given full dharma transmission from Trudy Goodman in 2010 in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah.

There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana offering (donation) to the teacher. According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. In the act of giving we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and acknowledge the inter-connectedness that we all share.

Please contact onedharmaretreat@gmail.com for questions or to reserve your spot.


Forgiveness Dharma Talk and Guided Meditation

This is a dharma talk and short guided meditation on Forgiveness I led at Nashville Insight this past November.

Dharma Talk on Forgiveness, and guided forgiveness meditation, recorded at Nashville Insight, November 13:

Guided Vipassana Meditation, recorded at Nashville Insight, November 13, 2013:

Mindful Photograhy Calendar Update

Image by Gay Mayes

Image by Gay Mayes

The calendars have arrived and will be available for sale at the 12 South Dharma Center starting this Saturday, November 23 at 10:15 a.m, before our bi-weekly intro to meditation. class. You don’t need to attend the class if you only want to purchase calendars.

Calendars are $20 each and are a fundraiser for One Dharma. You can also purchase them on Monday nights at 6:30, before our regular weekly meditation session. I hope you will support this fundraiser; your calendar purchase helps to fund One Dharma’s ongoing presence in the Nashville community, where we ensure that meditation, dharma classes and retreats are accessible to all.

One Dharma 2014 Mindful Photograhy Calendar

Our calendar is on order and will be available for sale on November 25. We have ordered only a limited quantity, and they’ll be sold at the 12 South Dharma Center during One Dharma’s meeting hours. Here are a few images:

Photo by Patsy Cutillo

Photo by Patsy Cutillo

Calendar Cover, image by Tracy Wilson

Calendar Cover, image by Tracy Wilson

Special thanks for Shelley Davis Wise for putting together these wonderful images.

How To Meditate and Yoga Workshop in Huntsville

For those of you convenient to Huntsville, or anyone who wants to learn how to combine yoga and meditation, please join us on August 24.

with Meditation Teacher Lisa Ernst from One Dharma Nashville
and Suzanne Newton, asana & pranayama instruction
Saturday, August 24th
Early Bird Registration Discount due by August 17
Morning Session 9 – 12noon 
Yoga Postures & Breathing Practices for Seated Meditation with Suzanne & Lisa
Mixed Levels Class, beginners welcome

Afternoon Session 1 – 4PM  
Sitting and Walking Meditation Instruction with Lisa
Q & A session included
Mixed Levels Class, beginners welcome

Yoga Center of Huntsville
500 East Pratt Avenue

Register with Suzanne Newton via email : suzanne.m.newton@gmail.com
Pre-payment by check or cash is due by 8/17/13  (sent to Suzanne)

Morning Class Fee : $40
Afternoon Class Fee : $50
Both Classes Fee : $75, pre-registered or $90 ‘drop in’ if space is available

December Refuge Ceremony and The Five Precepts

Last year One Dharma held a Refuge and Precepts Ceremony for dharma practitioners who wanted to formally take the vows and reflect their commitment to the Buddhist path. We will be offering this opportunity again in December. Generally, at least one year of Buddhist practice experience is recommended before taking the precepts, although there are exceptions. 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, indeed, ethical codes of conduct that lay Buddhists willingly 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. For planning purposes, I’ll need to hear from you by November 8. If you’d like to see photos from last year, click on this link.