One Dharma Nashville is an integrative Buddhist meditation and study group that draws from the wisdom traditions of Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan. It was founded in 2006 by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, who wished to create a contemporary Buddhist sangha that also maintained its roots in traditional teachings and practices.  One Dharma Nashville is at the forefront of Western Buddhism, where we have access to all of the great dharma traditions that were once segregated by geography in the East.  Our practice is not wedded to the cultural forms of Buddhism, but instead emphasizes the foundational approaches that free the mind from suffering and awaken the heart to compassion.


Monday Meditation

Main Meditation Session, Every Monday Night, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Usually led by our guiding teacher, Lisa Ernst.  We start with sitting and walking meditation, followed by a group chant, dharma talk and Q&A.  We complete the evening with a short, guided metta (lovingkindness) practice.  This meeting provides an opportunity to learn more about the teachings and the practical application of practice in everyday life.  People of all levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to experienced meditators. For your first time meditating with us, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for orientation. For more information, email


The Basics of Mindfulness Meditation

2nd and 4th Saturday Mornings of Each Month, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

This meeting offers an introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing mindfulness meditation practice. You will learn the basics of insight meditation and its applications in daily life. This class is appropriate to beginning meditators as well as those who wish to refresh the basics of their meditation practice. Although optional, we also recommend a classic guide to mindfulness meditation, “Breath by Breath” by Larry Rosenberg.   


Thursday Evenings

First Thursdays - LGBT Meditation and Discussion Group

Our LGBT Meditation and Discussion Meeting is every first Thursday, 7 - 8:30 p.m. The sessions are facilitated by Andrea Hewitt  and Rana Mukherji, One Dharma sangha members. There is no charge for the session, but donations are appreciated to help us cover the cost of rent and other expenses. Note to brand new meditators: welcome! Please come 15 minutes early at 6:45 to receive
basic meditation instruction and orientation. If you have any questions before the session, just let us know!

Special Classes as Announced

We offer special classes on Thursdays throughout the year, such as the Basics of Meditation Course, Dedicated and Advanced Practitioner. For information on our current class offerings, go here.


Retreats and Workshops

One Dharma regularly offers daylong and weekend meditation retreats as well as workshops on contemplative photography, writing and other topics of interest to meditation students. These retreats and classes are led by founding teacher Lisa Ernst. For a complete list of current and upcoming retreats, go here.