I’m excited to be offering this tour of India in November 2017, Ancient Roots, Living Branches: Discovering Buddhist India. Dates are November 5 – 19. Now is a good time to book as you’ll get…
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Posted in Retreats, Uncategorized, tagged Buddhism, Buddhist, lisa ernst meditation, meditation, meditation retreat, Middle Tennessee Meditation Retreat, mindful, mindfulness, nashville, Nashville Retreat, one dharma retreat, retreat, seven night retreat, seven night silent retreat, silent meditation retreat, three night silent retreat on January 18, 2017| 1 Comment »
Thursday Evening, April 20 – Noon, April 23, 2017
Optional extended retreat through noon April 27
Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN
Led by Lisa Ernst
Retreat full, inquire to join waitlist
“Our Practice is not to clear the mystery, it is to make the mystery clear” Robert Aitken
Please join us at a beautiful, wooded retreat site just outside of Nashville for this three or seven night spring renewal retreat. Life is a balance of effort and letting go. Meditation practice gives us tools to be present, to work with our minds and to uncover the heart’s true wisdom. This wisdom also points the way to letting go — remembering that the practice is not only to help us solve problems but to enter deeply into the great mystery of life and death.
Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for newer as well as experienced students. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks and private meetings with the teacher. Retreat fee includes lodging and all meals.
The 3 night retreat is $250. If you wish the stay through the 27th, the retreat fee is $525 . A $100 deposit will reserve your spot with full payment due a week before the retreat. Please indicate if you will be attending the three or seven night option. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana (generosity) offering to the teacher. A reduced fee spot is available in the case of financial need. Please inquire for details.
Lisa Ernst is a 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 leads workshops and retreats nationally and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Please inquire to be added to the wailist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Announcements, Uncategorized, tagged meditation, Middle Tennessee, mindfulness, mindfulness facilitation, nashville, osher center, osher center for integrative health, professional development, science, vanderbilt on January 11, 2017| 1 Comment »
The Osher Center at Vanderbilt will be offering a professional development program in mindfulness facilitation starting on February 10.
I’ll be guest teaching as my schedule permits. The name of the program is “Professional Development in Mindfulness Facilitation, Diving Deep, Giving Back.” This promises to be an excellent program, worth checking out. Full information is here.
Posted in Events, Uncategorized, tagged basics of meditation, Buddhism, Buddhist, lovingkindness, mbsr nashville, Meditation class, meditation course, Middle Tennessee, mindfulness, mindfulness class, mindfulness course, Mindfulness meditation, nashville mindfulness class, Paloma Cain on December 14, 2016| Leave a Comment »
January 19 & 26, February 9 & 16, 2017
Led by Paloma Cain
7 – 8:30 p.m., Healing Well Yoga, 3808 Park Avenue, Nashville
Sponsored by One Dharma Nashville
This four session course is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced meditators who would like to nurture a continuity of mindfulness in a group setting. In a step by step process you will learn the basics of insight meditation and lovingkindness practices. You will learn to be more in touch with your body and emotions and develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts. You will leave the class with tools to establish an effective, ongoing practice. These practices will help you expand your capacity for well-being and self compassion. This class will provide a supportive environment with ample time for discussion and Q&A.
Course fee is $120. It can be paid by Paypal here. If paying by check, instructions are at this link. Please include your email address. A reduced fee option is available in the case of financial need. Please inquire to email@example.com
Paloma Cain, MA, has been studying and practicing meditation since 1997. Her work is informed by her studies in Insight Meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, clinical and depth psychology, religious studies and the visual arts. She has trained staff at Los Angeles area hospitals, and is currently working on a professional mindfulness training program at the Osher Center at Vanderbilt. She also leads retreat at St Mary’s Sewanee and teaches classes in mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Parenting. Paloma lives with her family in Nashville.
Posted in Events, Uncategorized, tagged 2017 pali language class, 2017 pali language course, Buddha, Buddhism, Buddhist, jeffrey samuesl ph.d., learning pali, online pali course, pali, pali class, pali course, pali language course on December 14, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Online Interactive Course Taught by Jeffrey Samuels, Ph.D.
12 Week Course starting January 26, 2017
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Ever wonder what the Buddha really taught? Ever want to read and understand the Buddha’s sermons in their original Pali language? In January we will begin a Pali course that is designed specifically for students of Buddhism interested in reading Pali Buddhist texts. The course text that we will use for learning Pali grammar and vocabulary is focused on a wide range of Buddhist literature including sermons, verses from the Dhammapada, passages from the disciplinary texts, the Questions of King Milinda, and more. This challenging 12 week course will conclude with the completion of half of A New Course in Reading Pali, a book designed to to have students reading a variety of Pali material.
This course is being offered online through video conferencing that enables a full classroom experience with teacher and group interaction. Each class lasts1.5 hours. The sessions will be recorded in case you need to miss one of the classes.
Course fee is $150 – $200 sliding scale, plus approximately $20.00 for the book, which can be ordered online (details will be sent in January). Please pay at the highest level you can afford for this class so we can accommodate those who need to pay less. A $50 deposit reserves your spot with the balance due by January 19. A scholarship spot is available in the case of financial need.
Jeffrey Samuels is Professor of religious studies at Western Kentucky University. He received a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Virginia in 2002. He has been teaching courses on Buddhism and Pali at WKU since 2001. He began meditating in 1987 under the Thai Forest monk Ajahn Buddhadasa. He has completed several long meditation retreats in Thailand under Mahasi Sayaadaw teachers as well as retreats in the U.S. under the Thai teacher Sobin S. Namto. Most recently he has been practicing with One Dharma Nashville and Lisa Ernst.
You can pay by paypal here, or by check – info is at this link. Please include your email address. For specific questions about the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquires about a scholarship rate, email email@example.com. Please note that course refunds are not available after the payment deadline of January 19.
Posted in Reflections, Uncategorized, tagged 2017 election, Anxiety, articles on 2017 election buddhist, Buddhism, Buddhist, Buddhist poetry, dharma, Dharma Talks, lisa ernst 2017 election, meditation, mindfulness, One Dharma, politics on November 16, 2016| Leave a Comment »
The election is over but for many the fallout continues. Many have shed tears, have experienced anger and fear and have shared their voices and mobilized into action. Just after the election, Leonard Cohen died, a great voice of love, loss and dharma. His words and songs have rung out over the last several days as people have listened to and shared their favorite songs and quotes. Many are so applicable to where we find ourselves at this time, and his words are also timeless. One that particularly resonated for me at the moment is “if you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be drowning every day.” This is not an easy practice, but in one sentence it brilliantly sums up dukkha and freedom from dukkha.
The day after the election I was heartened by a spontaneous act of love and kindness in our old neighborhood, the 12 South area, at the Islamic Center of Nashville. I have known the Islamic Center to be a wonderful part of the community. President Rashed Fakhruddin in particular has been a strong organizer for shared community, Interfaith connections and events. He has also been an outspoken voice for prevention of abuse against women.
A mother and son in the neighborhood took their chalk and wrote on the sidewalks in front of the Islamic Center. In her words: “This morning Hudson and I took our chalk down to the Islamic Community Center on 12th. We wanted to tell our neighbors that we love them and stand with them. A lot of folks stopped by and added their own messages of love. It was great to meet people and work together. To my Muslim friends and community members: I stand with you now, and if things do get worse, I will stand with you then too.” May we all stand with those who need our support.
Over the last month or so, my dharma talks have largely reflected my experience of the political climate. These talks have been focused on finding a skillful response to the situation, internally and externally. It is not always easy. Some of us may have to ask ourselves, “how do I digest broken glass?” “How do I stand where there is no ground?” When we truly experience groundlessness, new ground emerges. But even then we can’t cling. As the ground shifts, the appropriate response may change as well, it is not fixed. This fluidity, the recognition of impermanence, is vital to clear seeing in each moment and wise action.
My talks and blog posts over the last month have reflected the unfolding of events as I saw them. I’m not one to simply hand out cookies or bromides of hope (even though many of you know I do give out chocolate chip cookies after daylong retreats). I do suggest we do our best to take a courageous, no blinders look at what’s going on both internally and externally and to the extent we can, find a way to contribute and to keep compassion and kindness alive in our hearts.
A number of articles about this election season are here, along with the one above they include, “Becoming the Ocean,” “Staying Right Here,” and “Anxiety, Election Fallout and Finding Calm in the Storm.”
Several dharma talks related to this political season are here. The include “How Do You Digest Broken Glass,” “A Season of Politics and the Unwelcome Guest,” and “How To Hold Your Dharma Seat.”
Posted in Announcements, Events, Retreats, Uncategorized, tagged 2017, 2017 Buddhist Tour of India, Bodhgaya, Buddhist Tour of India, India, Lisa Ernst Tour of India, meditation, Meditation in India, Meditation tour of India, mindfulness, November 2017, Sikkim on October 27, 2016| Leave a Comment »
I’m excited to be offering this tour of India in November 2017, Ancient Roots, Living Branches: Discovering Buddhist India. Dates are November 5 – 19.
Combining a meditation retreat with a Buddhist pilgrimage, this tour is an exploration of both ancient Buddhist history and living Buddhist traditions. First we explore the ancient holy sites in the North and East of India, where the Buddha practiced and taught – including Bodhgaya and Sarnath – before moving on to the mountains of Sikkim to experience Buddhist village life in the Himalayas.
The tour is guided by expert local guides in India, while I offer meditation and dharma discussions along the way in various locations, from hotel gardens to Tibetan monasteries.
We will be interacting with and learning from Buddhist communities and practitioners as we travel. It’s also a fun adventure off the beaten track, and this tour is open to everyone interested in Buddhism and meditation.
For information including the complete itinerary, pricing, etc., go here.