About Lisa Ernst


Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, artist and 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 offers private meditation training, classes and workshops and she teaches retreats nationally. She is a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre California. Lisa writes essays on dharma practice and awakening in everyday life, which she regularly posts to this blog.

Lisa has been meditating for over 25 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. She received teaching authorization in the Thai Forest/Spirit Rock lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfiled and Trudy Goodman. As a practicing visual artist Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography and writing. She also enjoys taking meditation and mindfulness into diverse settings like prisons, non profits and universities.

You can email Lisa at ernst.lisa@gmail.com. For information on Lisa’s upcoming meditation retreats and workshops, go here.  If you’d like to schedule Lisa to lead a workshop or retreat at your location, please email ernst.lisa@gmail.com with information about your location, organization and dates available.

Lisa especially enjoys teaching students how to work with open ended, unanswered life questions that can’t be solved through traditional logic. This practice of reflective thought and opening to not-knowing is the subject of a Buddhist Geeks podcast. Lisa focuses on working with questions in meditation practice to support living from our truest intentions. Click on the image to access the podcast:


Lisa recently participated in a Huffingtonpost Live Webcast.

Lisa recently participated in a Huffington Post Live Webcast. You can click on this screenshot to view the episode.

Lisa’s painting and photography subjects are primarily nature oriented, with a focus on botanicals and landscapes. Lisa’s artist website is www.lisaernst.com.

For more about One Dharma Nashville, go here.

5 thoughts on “About Lisa Ernst

  1. It’s a quiet afternoon here and I’m giving myself the gift of time to read other writer’s blogs and I came upon your site. I can see the connection between your mindfulness and the art you have created- such lush and peaceful images, yet also evocative and strong. I’ll be happily following your message- and your art. Tom

    • Thank you Tom for your thoughtful words and your recognition of the connection of mindfulness and art in my images. I look forward to checking out your blog.

  2. Hi,

    Who is Trudy Goodman and what is her lineage which gives her the permission to transmit the dharma? Do you have any connection with Spirit Rock or IMS or the teachers?

    with kindness

    • Hi Trish, Trudy trained extensively with Joseph Goldstein. She teaches at both Spirit Rock and IMS with teachers such as Jack Kornfield, etc. If you want to learn more about her, go to insightla.org.

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