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  • Beginning on August 26 Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center will offer an Open House every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. A member will be in the center to answer your questions about Buddhism, meditation or the center itself. See the listing below or contact us at for more details.
  • On Sept. 1, the NVC Practice Group will be meeting to explore: "Communication That Blocks Connection."
  • An Introduction to Buddhism & Zen Meditation will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. This two-hour session is open to anyone who would like to try Zen meditation with a group and to get a brief introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism. There is no registration procedure—just attend! Click here for more information about this session.
  • The Grief Recovery Support Group has reached maximum capacity.
  • Friday evening, July 31st, special guest Dr. Lucinda Green presented Pathway to Freedom: Walking the Eightfold Path. Please click here for her handout on Basic Teachings.
  • 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 .
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

Monday
August 24
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 7, "Stuck in Your Grief"
Tuesday
August 25
7 – 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group This week we will read and discuss Chapter 8 of the Tao Te Ching where Laozi suggests Tao is like water and water is like Tao. How can water and the activity of water teach us about Tao and living life consistent with Tao? Meetings include a short period of guided or silent meditation, the chapter reading with commentary, and open discussion. Everyone is welcome.  Contact Gary at  for more information.
Wednesday
August 26
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
August 26
5:30 - 6:30pm
Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center Open House - A member of the Dharma Center will be in the center to answer your questions about Buddhism, meditation or the center itself. A meeting with a guided meditation will immediately follow the open house at 6:30 pm, and you are welcome to stay for that. As with all our offerings the Open House is absolutely free. Dana (a donation) is accepted if you are so inclined. The Dharma Center is located in the basement of the Harmony Dental building (Rebecca Nunley DDS) at 108 W. 10th Ave., Johnson City. Go in the main door and down the stairs to your right, and you will find us.
Wednesday
August 26
6:30 - 7:30pm
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
August 27
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
August 27
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
August 28
6:15-6:50pm
We will be watching When the Iron Bird Flies (to be shown in installments for the next few weeks).
"'When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.' - Guru Padmasambhava of Tibet, 8th Century

In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava's prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth.

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world's great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.

And the film investigates the question: In these increasingly challenging times, can these profound teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?" (Amazon)
Friday
August 28
7 - 9pm
We will be reading and discussing a variety of articles and readings relating to Buddhism after our regular 30-minute silent meditation.
Sunday
August 30
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
August 30
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.
Monday
August 31
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 8, "Spirituality and Your Grief"


Special Notes


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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