Gareth's Dharma Transmission


Gareth's teacher and mentor, Lisa Ernst, describes the meaning of Dharma transmission this way:

"Transmission has different meanings across traditions, but there are some basic elements that are pretty universal... The transmission ceremony is a celebration and acknowledgement of the qualities Gareth has brought to his practice over the years. Namely, dedication, consistency, generosity, ethics and deep insight. Transmission is also a reflection of my confidence that Gareth has the depth, training and skill to teach the dharma effectively and responsibly at all levels … within a recognized lineage. One venerable Chinese Zen teacher, when asked, what is actually transmitted? answered, ‘Responsibility.’ "


About Gareth: Gareth is a meditation teacher, a businessman and co-founder of Red Clay Sangha. He has maintained a committed meditation practice for over 20 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions, and integrates over 10 years of interfaith engagement as well as teachings from Tibetan and Lotus Sutra traditions into his practice and life. Gareth received full teaching authorization in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield, and Lisa Ernst, and is a firm advocate of the principles and practices of One Dharma. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and their dogs, chickens, and bees. He has two adult children


All of us at Red Clay are proud that one of our most beloved members has taken this important step. Congratulations, Gareth!


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