• Mind-Body Writing Workshop with Acharya Dr. Tressa Berman. For all levels, Beginner to Professional. Saturday, March 11, 10am - 3pm (one hour break for lunch 12:00-1:00pm). Suggested donation: $30. To ensure your participation, please register online here. Flyer.
  • How to Meditate – A meditation instruction class will be offered on Saturday, March 18, 1 - 5pm (with a break). Jody Palm, a founding Board Member of ADMC and an experienced Tibetan practitioner, will be the facilitator.
  • The next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group  will begin on March 20A 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 nine years of experience facilitating grief support groups. Contact  .
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Feb. 21
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - How can the world be changed unless we actively do something to change it? Yet we read in Chapter 1 of the Zhuangzi about a Holy Man living on Gushe Mountain who does nothing but cultivate his essential nature in quietness of spirit, and as a result "creatures are protected from sickness and the harvests are made plentiful.” This seems impossible, and detractors refuse to believe it. Zhuangzi is not surprised by their lack of understanding. Yet he insists: “This man, in virtue, is about to embrace the ten thousand things and roll them into one. The age calls out for reform, but why should he wear himself out over the affairs of the world?"

We are reading and discussing the Zhuangzi or Chuang Tzu, a seminal text of ancient Taoism. This week we begin Chapter 2. We are using Burton Watson’s translation (1968, 2013). His 1968 edition is available as a free download here. Contact Gary at  for more information.
Feb. 22
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.
Feb. 22
5:30 - 6pm
Sound Meditation: We will use various sound recordings (chants, Tibetan bowls, music, etc.) leading to a 15 minute silent meditation
Feb. 22
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.

This Wednesday’s topic will be Compassion.
"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)
Feb. 22
7 - 7:30pm
Silent Meditation
Feb. 23
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 .
Feb. 24
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - Each session will begin with a 30-minute period of silent meditation. We will return to the basics of Buddhism and read and discuss together (for the next few months) The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh.
"Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy – all qualities of enlightenment. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike." (Amazon)
Feb. 26
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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