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  • Next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group will begin July 13A Mindful Journey Through Grief is an information and support group primarily designed for those who have lost someone through death; however, the program is open, welcome and affirming to all who have suffered loss of any kind or those who wish to learn more. Ten weekly sessions are designed to provide information to help the grieving person know they are not alone. The group meets on Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm. Presented by Debra Brewer, M.Div., a clinically-trained chaplain with seven years of experience facilitating grief support groups. Contact  .
  • Friday evening, July 31st, special guest Dr. Lucinda Green will present Pathway to Freedom: Walking the Eightfold Path.
  • NVC Practice Group—will meet every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to people who have completed the initial NVC course, either recently on in previous years. Anybody interested should contact Franklin by e-mail at . The group will be limited to about 10 participants.
  • US Penitentiary, Lee, Virginia honored the Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center with the Volunteer of the Year Award, received at their annual volunteer appreciation banquet held April 27. ADMC volunteers currently meeting with inmates are Debi Brewer, Franklin Montenegro, Spencer Conco, and Marina Munjal. If you would be interested in finding our more about volunteering to meet with Buddhist inmates at USP Lee, contact Marina.
  • 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
Tuesday
June 30
7 – 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group Last week we read Chapter 3 of Laozi's Tao Te Ching, which encouraged us to meet basic needs in ourselves and others, and avoid inciting the distractions of status-seeking, material wants, and confusing desires. Freed from these troublesome distractions, the sage is able to act spontaneously and without contrivance, “then all will be well." This week we continue our study with Chapter 4. Meetings include a short period of guided or silent meditation, the chapter reading with commentary, and open discussion. Contact Gary at for more information.
Wednesday
July 1
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. For the summer we will be reading and discussing a variety of articles and readings relating to Buddhism after our regular 30-minute silent meditation.
Wednesday
July 1
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)
Thursday
July 2
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
July 2
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
July 3
6:15-6:50pm
We will be watching Crazy Wisdom (to be shown in installments for the next few weeks).
Crazy Wisdom explores the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, who landed in the U.S. in 1970. Trungpa became renowned for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand and shattered preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave. Initially rejected, his teachings are now recognized by western philosophers and spiritual leaders as authentic and profound. (Amazon)
Friday
July 3
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group We will be reading and discussing a variety of articles and readings relating to Buddhism after our regular 30-minute silent meditation.
Sunday
July 5
2 - 3:30pm
Western Buddhist Group - Each 4-6 weeks we will explore one topic by reading various selections from different authors. We begin with a 20 minute silent meditation then have tea and snacks while reading and discussing the topic and ending with a short 5 minute closing meditation. Our current topic is Buddhism, Healing and Health. Readings include: Mediation and well being, finding meaning in pain and suffering, using compassion to alleviate suffering, and the healing power of mindfulness. Authors include: the Dalai Lama, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dainel Siegal, Toni Bernhard and others.
Sunday
July 5
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.


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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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