• Our long time, beloved, traveling teacher, Lama Gursam, will return to ADMC. He will be here from May 1 - 5. Please mark your calendars for this special time. For more on Lama Gursam see www.lamagursam.org. Flyer
    Lama Gursam's Schedule (all events at 108 W. 10th Ave., Johnson City, TN unless otherwise noted):
    • Friday, May 1, 6 - 7pm, Lama Gursam will be available at the ADMC for private sessions by appointment, contact through the address below.
    • Friday, May 1, 7 - 9pm, "Meditation and Developing your Practice" and "The Meaning of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum"
    • Saturday, May 2, 12 - 5pm, "Mini Retreat on The Four Immeasurables (Loving-Kindness,Compassion, Equanimity, and Joy)"
    • Saturday, May 2, 5 - 5:30pm, Refuge Ceremony
    • Saturday, May 2, 5:30pm, Pot Luck Dinner with Lama Gursam
    • Sunday, May 3, 1 - 3pm, "Loving-Kindness & Compassion On and Off the Cushion"
    • Sunday, May 3, 3 - 4pm, Lama will be available at the ADMC for private sessions by appointment, contact through the address below.
    • Sunday, May 3, 7 - 9:30pm at Atlantis Book Store, 242 E Main St, Johnson City, TN. Lama Gursam will talk on "Green Tara, the Wisdom Nature of all Enlightened Beings." He will also offer the Green Tara Empowerment, leading the Green Tara mantra and practice so those present can continue the practice on their own.
    • Monday, May 4, Morning and afternoon private sessions available with Lama Gursam in Bristol, VA. Love offering.
    • Monday, May 4, 7 - 9:30pm in Bristol, VA, Informal talk on Meditation and Mindfulness by Lama Gursam, Meditation Practice and time for Questions & Answers with Lama. Love offering, feel free to bring snacks to share. Please contact through the address below to inform if you plan to come as space is limited.
    • Tuesday, May 5, Morning and afternoon private sessions available with Lama Gursam in Bristol, VA. Love offering.
  • 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. Flyer
  • 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
April 14
6:30pm – 8pm
Nonviolent Communication - 5th session - In preparation please review Chapter 5: in the Nonviolent Communication book and do activities of Workbook for Chapter 5. Please also try to listen CD #5.
April 15
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)
April 15
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - 3rd Wednesday - "Loving Kindness (Metta)" - 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)
April 16
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.
April 16
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 .
April 17
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.
April 17
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)
April 19
1 - 2:30pm
Western Buddhist Group - The session will start with a silent meditation after which members will read and discuss a chosen dharma passage together.
April 19
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.
April 20
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 9, "Emerging from Your Grief Journey"

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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