• An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Workshop will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am - 4pm. Click for details. Seating may be limited to those who have preregistered.
  • How to Meditate – A meditation instruction class will be offered on Saturday, December 17, 2 - 4:30pm. Jody Palm, a founding Board Member of ADMC and an experienced Tibetan practitioner, will be the facilitator. Flyer.
  • An Introduction to Buddha and Buddhism will be offered on Saturday, January 14, 1 - 5 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend, but this class is for absolute beginners. Jody Palm, a founding Board Member of ADMC and an experienced Tibetan practitioner, will be the facilitator. Flyer.
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Nov. 29
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will continue our re-read and reflection of the Tao Te Ching, a seminal text of ancient Taoism, picking up at Chapter 29. Contact Gary at  for more information.
Nov. 30
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. We will be reading Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindFUL.
Nov. 30
6 - 7pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - Loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity are included in the brahmaviharas (sublime attitudes or "abodes of brahma")—a series of four Buddhist virtues and the meditation practices made to cultivate them. Based on the brahmaviharas, the qualities of mindfulness, forgiveness, loving kindness, and compassion comprise the topics for meditation sessions each Wednesday evening. While topics may vary, typically the month begins with mindfulness the first Wednesday, forgiveness the second, loving kindness the third, and compassion on the fourth.

Dec. 1
7 - 8pm
Mindful 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. For more information contact us .
Dec. 2
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - For the next few weeks, during this election season, we will not discuss the electoral system, issues, or candidates, but rather be reading from diverse sources and engaging in conversation focused on the Buddhist tools of compassion, generosity, and equanimity to decrease our own (and others’) suffering and increase well-being. Each session will begin with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.
Dec. 3
10am – 4pm
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Workshop - Scott MacGregor, MS, LPC, CFLE will lead this workshop. He is a licensed clinical therapist and stress reduction educator with over twelve years of meditation practice including retreats for mindfulness, meditation in medicine and research, insight meditation, and spiritual reflection. Click for details. Please preregister.
Dec. 4
4 - 4:45pm
Zen Meditation - Optional early start—get a little deeper into Zen practice.
Dec. 4
5 - 7pm
Zen Meditation - The Zen working group explores the ancient teachings of Chinese and Japanese Zen Masters while being attentive to contemporary Zen literature. The group practices zazen in the traditional way. Our members strive to apply Zen principles and understanding to all aspects of their day to day, ordinary lives. Facilitation is shared by the current membership. Zen Group has been an integral part of ADMC since the beginning. Many books recommended by our facilitators can be found at the Zen pages of our Amazon Store. For further information contact .

Special Notes
  • Lama Gursam's visit to Appalachian Dharma on May 1, 2015, to speak about the meaning of Om Mani Padme Hum as well as compassion and meditation in everyday life has been preserved in this video.
  • 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: or visit the interviewer's Religion For Life web site at

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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