Here’s a recent blog post by Lisa Ernst with a practice suggestion for dealing with challenging thoughts, emotions and sensations:

Practice Idea – Taste The Mud and Be Free.

There’s still time to register for One Dharma’s Spring Renewal Residential Retreat. We begin on Thursday evening, April 24 and complete the retreat at noon on Sunday, April 27. Held at Bethany Hills Retreat Center in Kingston Springs, Tennessee and led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst. Cost is $215 and includes lodging and all meals. There will be a separate opportunity to make a donation to the teacher. Full information is here:  www.onedharmanashville.com/gpage1.html.

Currently many people are still struggling financially and I continue to receive many requests for reduced fee slots our retreats, especially the upcoming April residential retreat at at Bethany Hills. Because we intentionally keep our base residential retreat fees so low, we don’t have enough enough extra to fund these requests.

We need ongoing funding for our One Dharma scholarship fund to assist those in financial need, opening the door to people who would otherwise be unable to experience an extended retreat. Scholarships are offered at a reduced rate, but are not free except in the case of extreme hardship – reduced fee slots are generally offered at half price and up.

Contributing to our scholarship fund is an excellent way to practice generosity, one of the foundational aspects of spiritual life according to Buddha. Any amount you are able to contribute will allow deserving students to more fully immerse themselves in the practice. If you would like to help, you can donate through Paypal here or pay by check if you prefer (address is on the Paypal donation page.) Your donations are tax deductible and much appreciated.

Instructions on Working with Questions in Your Practice and A Guided Meditation.

Finally got this posted. I hope you find it beneficial to your practice – Lisa

April Residential Retreat

Spring Renewal 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

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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 meetings with the teacher.

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. Click on the “donate” button to pay. 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.

Offered by One Dharma Nashville

Thursdays, March 20, April 3 & 10

7 – 8:30 p.m.

cobaltwhitelotusThis 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 ensure 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 meditator and One Dharma facilitator Michael Crowder, with guidance from founding teacher Lisa Ernst.

Thursdays, March 20, April 3 and 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at 12 South Dharma Center.

Course fee is $50. Class will be limited to 12 students. A reduced fee option is available in the case of financial need. You can pay the course fee though Paypal here.

For questions, email onedharmainfo@gmail.com


Taking Refuge in This Moment

Saturday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Led by Lisa Ernst



Please join us for a day of sitting and walking meditation at a beautiful, wooded site in rural West Nashville. True refuge is turning toward our experience and finding freedom in the way things are. This silent retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of compassionate presence that embraces our experience with kindness and insight.

Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, the retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators; it will include sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions, and a dharma talk.

Cost: $50, plus dana (donation) to the teacher. A deposit of $50 will reserve your space and is due by Monday, March 10. Paypal is available here. If paying by check, please make it out to One Dharma Nashville and send to: 12South Dharma Center c/o One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Ave. South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. Please include your email address. Directions and additional information will be emailed prior to the retreat.

For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com



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