• Next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group will begin Oct. 6thA 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. Mondays, starting Oct. 6 from 6:30-8:00pm. Presented by Debra Brewer, M.Div., a clinically-trained chaplain with four years of experience facilitating grief support groups. Contact .
  • Buddhist Chanting Concert with Konchog Chogyal and Circle of Wisdom on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 - 7pm.
  • Our Annual Members Meeting will follow the concert on Oct. 18.  A review of prior year activities and finances will be presented along with open discussion of on-going presence in the community and any other items members would like to discuss. A light meal will be provided.
  • On Nov. 10 - 13 Drepung Loseling Monastery monks will be creating a sand mandala in the Reece Museum on the ETSU campus. Click for details.

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

Sept. 17
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. 17
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)
Sept. 18
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. 18
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. 19
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. 21
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.