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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.

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

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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.

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 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.

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.

“Cultivating Clarity Through Living the Questions”

Hosted by Red Clay Sangha

Led by Lisa Ernst

September 18 – 21, Sautee Georgia

Cost: $150 plus dana to the teacher

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“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and learn to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

Unanswered questions, intractable situations, often appear to stand in the way of living from our deepest intentions. At times we might feel blocked even from knowing what our true priorities are. During this weekend of sitting and walking meditation, we will have the opportunity to practice opening our hearts to our unresolved inner dilemmas. These questions contain a rich source of insight; learning to live with them brings about a radical shift that opens the door to clarity and equanimity.

This retreat will be conducted “Vipassana style” with alternating periods of sitting and walking practice. Full information and registration is here.

 

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