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  • Our board members will be meeting on Sunday to discuss long-range goals for ADMC. Please e-mail () any strategic goals you would like the board to consider.
  • It has come to our attention that postal mail sent to the Dharma Center address has been returned as undeliverable. The issue has been addressed and corrected. Thank you for your patience.
  • Southern Dharma Retreat Center (Hot Springs, NC) has their 2015 Retreat schedule available online (www.southerndharma.org/schedule.shtml). As a service to our community, Membership Chair, Lee Rumble, has agreed to coordinate interest. If you are planning to attend a retreat and would like to see if anyone else might be interested in carpooling, please contact Lee at .
  • The Nonviolent Communication Group has reached maximum capacity.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Wednesday
May 20
9:30 - 11am
Western Buddhist Group  - Canceled this week.
Wednesday
May 20
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - 3rd Wednesday - "Forgiveness" - This session will begin with a brief talk moving into a guided meditation and concluding with silent meditation.
"Buddhism provides exceptionally clear and specific methods to bring out our human capacity for enduring love, compassion, and the self-transcending wisdom that informs them. These methods can be learned by anyone." (John Makransky)
Thursday
May 21
5 - 7pm
Open Meditation - This time may be used for personal meditation in the Meditation Room, or access to library. The two hours will be conducted in Noble Silence. Open to all for any part of the two-hour session.
Thursday
May 21
7 – 8pm
Buddhism & Recovery - Anyone recovering from any type of addiction, including alcoholism and drug addiction, is invited to attend this group. The group can serve as an alternative to, or an addition to, traditional 12-step recovery meetings. Beginning January 15, 2015, the group will be reading and discussing the book A Burning Desire by Kevin Griffin. The discussion centers around the concept of a "higher power" in the 12 steps of recovery programs from a Buddhist perspective. For more information contact Freddy Creekmore at .
Friday
May 22
6:15-6:50pm
We will be watching Discovering Buddhism (to be shown in installments for the next few weeks).
A 13 part teaching series touching on al the vital points of Tibetan Buddhism as presented in the Gelug lineage of the Dalai Lama's tradition. A clear and accessible presentation of the Mahayana path for both beginners and experienced students.
Friday
May 22
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group begins with a half hour silent meditation followed by Tea & Dharma Study. We will begin reading Living As A River, by Bodhipaksa.
To face reality is to embrace change; to resist change is to suffer. This is the liberating insight that unfolds with Living as a River. A masterful investigation of the nature of self, this eloquent blend of current science and time-honored spiritual insight is meant to free us from the fear of impermanence in a world defined by change.

The primary vehicle for this journey is Buddhism's traditional Six Element Practice, a deconstructive process of deep reflection that helps us let go of the belief in a separate, static self--the root of unhappiness. Bodhipaksa takes readers through a systematic yet poetic analysis of the self.

Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation. (www.wildmind.org)
Sunday
May 24
11:45am-4:30pm
ADMC Members will meet with Buddhist inmates at United States Penitentiary, Lee (USP Lee).
Sunday
May 24
1 - 2:30pm
Western Buddhist Group - Each 4-6 weeks we will explore one topic by reading various selections from different authors. Our current topic is opening to Loving Kindness. Readings will include selections from the Dhammapada (words of the Buddha regarding opening in love), and chapters from books by the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, and Pema Chodron. We begin with a 20 minute silent meditation, then have tea and snacks while reading and discussing the topic, ending with a short 5 minute closing meditation.
Sunday
May 24
5 - 7pm
Zen Meditation -  The Zen Group at the Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center practices the classic form of zazen as taught by Dogen Zenji through modern Zen Masters like Suzuki Roshi. Please join us as early as 4:30 p.m.--meditation starts at 5:00 p.m. sharp. The entrance door will be locked at 5:00 p.m. for safety reasons.
Tuesday
May 26
6:30pm – 8pm
Nonviolent Communication - 11th session - In preparation please review Chapter 11: in the Nonviolent Communication book and do activities of Workbook for Chapter 11.


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The vision of the Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center is to facilitate a community of Buddhist practice that fosters the integration of wisdom and compassion. Our aim, as individuals and as a community, is to cultivate insight into the nature of mind and reality and overcome ego-orientated ways of being. We are a nonsectarian Buddhist center that offers weekly programs in Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan, and Western Buddhism.



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