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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to reserve your spot.
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 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. Registration deadline is Friday, March 14. A reduced fee option is available in the case of financial need. You can pay the course fee though Paypal here.
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.
Here’s a recent BG podcast Lisa Ernst did with Vincent Horn about intentionally working with life questions in meditation practice. Many people don’t know this is possible, or how to do it, yet its a powerful and illuminating practice that can open the door to deeper insight and equanimity. You can click on the image below to access the podcast page.
Unanswered questions, intractable situations often appear to stand in the way of living from our deepest intentions. We might feel blocked even from knowing what our true priorities are. But if we take time to turn inward with a spirit of patience and inquiry, instead of requiring the dilemmas to go away, or insisting on immediate resolutions, we can discover the resources that we need. Internal dilemmas contain a rich source of insight; learning to live with them brings about a radical shift that opens the door to clarity and equanimity. In this dharma talk at InsightLA, Lisa Ernst discusses her own process of learning to live the questions.
Please join us for a day of contemplative writing and meditation practice. We will cultivate writing inspiration through meditation and exercises that help us open our hearts to the truth of what we most want to express. These practices will also help us to communicate more eloquently from our authentic voice, both in written and verbal form. In addition, we will have an opportunity to share our writing in an atmosphere of compassionate support. This workshop is suitable to beginning and experienced writers and meditators.
Cost is $75 – $100, sliding scale. Two reduced fee spots are available in the case of financial need. Retreat fee is due by Friday, February 7. You can pay by check or PayPal. Please make checks out to One Dharma Nashville and send to 12 South Dharma Center, c/o One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. If paying by PayPal, go here and use the “donate” button.
Lisa has been meditating for 25 years in both the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She is the founder and guiding teacher of One Dharma Nashville. In addition to regularly teaching meditation classes and retreats, Lisa has written numerous articles for magazines, newspapers and newsletters. She was the technical editor for the current edition of Meditation for Dummies. Her blog includes many essays and poetry: http://www.thelotusbloomsinthemud.com. For questions, email email@example.com.
One Dharma will be meeting on Monday, December 23 and 30 at our regular hours for meditation and discussion. We’ll also meet on Saturday, December 28 for our Introduction to Meditation Class. Our New Year’s Half Day Intention Setting retreat happens 8:30 – Noon on January 1. To see our full practice schedule, go here. For information on our half day retreat, see information below.
This is the official blog of One Dharma Nashville. We offer weekly meditation on Mondays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 2301 12th Avenue South (corner of 12th and Linden), Suite 202. Enter using the stairs at the back of the building and the door on the right. This is our main practice night and a good opportunity to learn about the teachings and practical application of practice. We also offer various classes and sangha meetings on Thursday nights as announced. Our Basics of Buddhist Meditation and Study Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Newcomers are welcome at all events. We encourage you to arrive 15 minutes early for orientation.