About Lisa

Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, artist and founder of One Dharma Nashville. She has maintained a committed meditation practice for 30 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. Lisa received full teaching authorization in the Thai Forest/Spirit Rock lineage of Ajahn Chah, Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield.  She offers private meditation training, classes and workshops and leads meditation retreats internationally. She has taught at Spirit Rock, InsightLA, Sangha Live, Southern Dharma and more.

In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. As a practicing visual artist Lisa incorporates Dharma into contemplative photography and writing.

Lisa especially enjoys teaching students how to engage in the unknown, the mystery, and to work with open ended, unanswered life questions that can’t be solved through traditional logic. Lisa focuses on working with questions in meditation practice to support living from our truest intentions.

Recommendations for Lisa’s retreats and teachings:

“This is a wonderful and empowering retreat. You’ll discover a completely new way of working with challenging life situations and questions. You’ll also learn to strengthen your own wisdom and intuition with practices you can take into your challenging life. Highly recommended.”

– Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman

“I have been meditating since the late 1980s and have participated in retreats in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mexico, and the United States. I have also been fortunate enough to have been in contact with many talented teachers. Out all the teachers that I have known, Lisa is among the top. Lisa originally studied Zen before moving on to Theravada and the meditative style of the Thai forest tradition (particularly the lineage of Ajahn Chah). She is very able at bringing both traditions into her teachings in a very informative way. Most important for me, however, is that Lisa teaches from the heart and, as a result, makes the teachings relevant. She is a very compassionate person and a very insightful teacher. She has truly made a difference in my life and how I interact with the world around me. ” – Jeffrey Samuels

“Lisa is an incredible and inspiring teacher. She is so humble, down-to-earth, and honest in her teachings. She has such a wealth of knowledge and experience with meditation, and yet is always so kind and understanding toward beginners and shares her knowledge in a way that is easily accessible to people at all stages of their practice. I have been on 5 retreats that she has led, attend her weekly Tues night meditation, and have been in multiple classes that she has led. Her guidance and teaching has been enormously helpful to me in deepening my practice and understanding the Buddhist path. She’s by far the best meditation teacher I have known, and I highly recommend OneDharma and Lisa’s teachings to all! ” – Keila Franks

“Lisa is wise and compassionate with a special talent for bringing her own vulnerability to bear to help others break themselves open and find their own tenderness and love. It is a beautiful thing to behold, and a true gift when one is fortunate enough to be the direct beneficiary.” – Gareth Young