• NVC Practice Group is canceled this month.
  • No Friday 6:15pm movies on Sept. 5 or 12.
  • Buddhist Chanting Concert with Konchog Chogyal and Circle of Wisdom on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 - 7pm.

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

Sept. 3
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)
Sept. 3
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - 1st Wednesday - "Mindfulness" - 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)
Sept. 4
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.
Sept. 4
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.  The group is reading and discussing the book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the 12 Steps by Kevin Griffin. The discussion centers around the 12 steps of recovery programs from a Buddhist perspective. For more information contact Freddy Creekmore at .
Sept. 5
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group begins with a half hour silent meditation followed by Tea & Dharma Study. We will begin reading Entering the Stream, edited by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin Kohn.
The grandeur, simplicity, and freshness of the 2,500-year-old tradition of Buddhism are reflected in this collection of writings intended as a primer for newcomers to the subject as well as a reference for those familiar with Buddhism. The selections include: The story of the Buddha's life. A concise historical background. Key writings of Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. Meditation instructions. A Buddhist explanation of reincarnation. Simple explanations of terms. A pictorial survey of Buddhist art and architecture. (Amazon)
Sept. 7
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.

Special Note
Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center's Chairperson was on WETS, 89.5 FM, Thursday, July 28 and Sunday, July 1. 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.