- Our long time, beloved, traveling teacher, Lama Gursam, will return to ADMC. He will be here from April 30 - May 6. We are in the process of scheduling his talks and will let everyone know when schedules are available. Please mark your calendars for this special time. For more on Lama Gursam see www.lamagursam.org.
Because of this development Gary Daught has kindly agreed to reschedule his "Introducing Taoism" to Saturday, May 16, 2015.
- Buddhism, Mindfulness and Meditation. Saturday, April 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. This two hour session is open to those who simply want a brief introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism, mindfulness, and meditation.
- New session starting at ADMC! The Western Buddhist Group is adding a session. It will meet every Sunday, starting April 12, 2015, from 1 - 2:30pm. The session will start with a silent meditation after which members will read and discuss a chosen dharma passage together.
- ADMC is offering Introducing Taoism, Saturday, May 16, 1 - 3pm. Gary F. Daught, an interested novice student, will introduce major Taoist principles utilizing three ancient philosophical texts: the Tao Te Ching, the Zhuangzi, and the Liezi. Gary is reaching out to others to consider joining him in starting a regular study group to explore Taoist texts more thoroughly. The event is free and open to anyone interested in or just curious about Taoism.
- 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 Grief Recovery Support Group has reached maximum capacity.
- Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!
Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
6:30pm – 8pm
|Nonviolent Communication - 2nd session - In preparation please review Chapter 2: in the Nonviolent Communication book "Communication That Blocks Compassion," pp 15-24, and do activities of Workbook pp 65-71. Please also try to listen CD's 1 & 2.|
9:30 - 11am
|Western Buddhist Group
- (Holston Valley Sangha) - We meet at our satellite location at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 136 Bob Jobe Road, Gray, TN. After a half-hour silent meditation, for the next few weeks, we will be reading and discussing The Four Immeasurables: Practices To Open The Heart, by B. Alan Wallace.
"The Four Immeasurables--the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity--is a rich suite of practices that open the heart, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationships to others. Alan Wallace presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables with instruction on meditative quiescence, shamatha practice, to empower the mind. This book includes both guided meditations and lively discussions on the implications of these teachings for our live." (Amazon.com)
6:30 - 7:30pm
| Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - 4th Wednesday - "Compassion" - 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)
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.|
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 .|
|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.
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.
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.|
|A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 6, "Your Unique Grief"|
Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center's Chairperson was on WETS, 89.5 FM, Thursday, July 28 and Sunday, July 1, 2012. To hear the podcast, go to: religionforlife.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-03T07_00_00-07_00 or visit the interviewer's Religion For Life web site at www.religionforlife.com.
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.