Weekend Residential Retreat Decembmber 5 – 8

Intimate with All Things

Awakening the Wise Heart

Residential Retreat at Bethany Hills, Kingston Springs, TN

Thursday evening, December 5 – Sunday Noon, December 8

Led by Lisa Ernst

sunrisemaryhelen  The dharma offers a pathway to discover equanimity, freedom and compassion. Through cultivating a wise heart, we come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life, to be deeply intimate with the totality of our experience.

This silent retreat will foster a quality of compassionate presence that opens the heart and dissolves the illusion of separation. It will include sitting and walking meditation, instructions, lovingkindness practice and optional meetings with the teacher. The retreat is appropriate for newer as well as experienced meditators.

Retreat cost is $190 if paid in full by Monday, November 4. After, the cost is $215. A reduced fee spot is available if you need financial assistance. Please inquire for rates. Attendance for all three days is required. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana offering (donation) to the teacher.

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. Paypal is available here.

Lisa Ernst is the founder and guiding teacher at One Dharma Nashville. She began meditation practice in the late ’80′s in the Zen Buddhist tradition, studying closely with two Rinzai Zen Masters and attending numerous mediation retreats. Lisa has also studied and practiced in the Theravada tradition since the late 90′s. She has been teaching since 2005 and was given dharma transmission from Trudy Goodman in 2010.

For questions, email onedharmaretreat@gmail.com

Photography Retreat and 2013 Calendar

The  registration deadline for the Contemplative Photography and Meditation workshop is this Friday, September 27th. The location at Penuel Ridge offers many excellent opportunities for interesting and varied photography. Also, I’m pleased that Shelley Davis-Wise has generously offered to create a calendar of our photographs as she did last year. The beautiful calendar was a big success, and also a nice fund raiser for One Dharma.

An image from our 2012 Mindful Photography Calendar

An image from our 2012 Mindful Photography Calendar

You can see images from last year’s calendar here.

To register for the workshop, go here.

Daylong Retreat at Insight LA with Trudy Goodman

I’ll be taking my Living the Questions retreat to Insight LA on Sunday, October 13.

Cultivating Clarity though Living The Questions

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot begiven 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.  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.  During this day of sitting and walking meditation, we will have the opportunity to practice opening our hearts to our unresolved inner dilemmas. We will learn to explore our questions more gently and skillfully.  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.

For registration and full retreat information, go here.