2019 Buddhist Tour of India

Buddhist Tour of India with Lisa Ernst
October 26 – November 9, 2019

Combining a meditation retreat with a Buddhist pilgrimage, this tour is an exploration of both ancient Buddhist history and living Buddhist traditions.

Our 2017 group in Bodhgaya

First we explore the ancient sites in the North and East of India, where the Buddha practiced and taught – including Bodhgaya, where it is believed he was enlightened under the bodhi tree. A descendant of this tree is still in the spot. We will have the opportunity to meditate under this tree. I did it in 2017 and it was a highlight of the tour for me. We’ll also visit Varanasi for sunset Aarti at the Ganges and a Sunrise boat ride. Then to Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon – before moving on to the mountains of Dharmsala to experience Buddhist life in the Himalayas. Dharmsala is the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community in exile. There’s also an optional extension to visit Amritsar and the amazing Golden Temple. Full itinerary and details are here.

Sunset Aarti in Varanasi

The tour is guided by our expert local guides in India, with Lisa Ernst – founder of One Dharma Nashville and visiting teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre California – guiding meditation along the way in various locations, from hotel gardens to Tibetan monasteries.


A Preview of 2019 Retreats and Classes with Lisa Ernst

Links included for events already open for registration.

The Power of Intention: Setting Your Course of the New Year and Beyond, Half Day Retreat, January 1, Nashville Friends House

A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as if it Were Your Last, Yearlong course meeting monthly. Starting January 2018. Details TBA.

Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Residential Retreat March 14 – 17 Making Peace with Your Ego: Finding Freedom through Letting Go. Register here.

Spring Renewal Residential Retreat, 3 or 7 night option, April 18 – 21, extended option to 4/25, Bethany Hills, Kingston Springs TN

The Power of Contemplative Inquiry: The Art of Embodying Mindful Presence for Facilitators and Practitioners. Four session intensive workshop, Spring/Summer, Details and dates TBA.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA, June 21, The Power of Contemplative Inquiry: The Art of Embodying Mindful Presence for Facilitators and Practitioners.

Heartwood Refuge Retreat Center, Residential Retreat August 7 – 11, Finding Peace Where You Are: Befriending Your Mind, Accepting Your Emotions. Register here.

Fall Retreat with Red Clay Sangha, September 26 – 29, Sautee, GA. Details TBA

Buddhist Tour of India, November two week tour including Bodhgaya, Varanasi and Dharmsala. Starting 11/2. Details soon.

Late Fall Residential Retreat at Bethany Hills, Kingston Springs, TN. December 5 – 8 with extended option to 12/10

Several daylong and half day retreats and workshops will be added as scheduling permits.