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  • Nonviolent Communication Course will be offered at ADMC. Course is scheduled for Tuesday evenings (6:30-8pm) for 12 weeks, beginning March 17, ending June 2, 2015. It is important that participants be able to commit to attending all sessions to get full value from the course. There is no charge for the course though donations are always appreciated. Participants will be required to have the following materials:
    1. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. Amazon Link
    2. Nonviolent Companion Workbook, by Lucy Leu. Amazon Link
    If you would like to sign up for the course, reply to .
    Please note that the course will be limited to 10 participants.
  • 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 .
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Wednesday
Feb. 25
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)
Wednesday
Feb. 25
6:30 - 7:30pm
Canceled - 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)
Thursday
Feb. 26
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
Feb. 26
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
Feb. 27
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
Feb. 27
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
Mar. 1
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.
Monday
Mar. 2
6:30-8:00pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 2, "Your Grief and Society"


Special Note
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.



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