ADMC

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  • Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
    Monday
    Feb. 19
    7 - 9pm
    Western Buddhist Group - We will study the Seven Point Mind Training/Lojong Practice that was introduced by Lama Gursam in his teaching session during his recent visit to ADMC, It is a practice meant to develop our compassionate heart.

    We will introduce each of the Lojong slogans, along with the commentary thereof, followed by discussion and a commitment to work with that particular slogan in our daily life during the week. We will be using The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life by Dzigar Kongtrul as well as additional resources. It is not necessary to purchase the book as we will have several copies and read and discuss together.

    This week:
    Slogan #22
    "If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.
    If you are a good horseback rider, your mind can wander but you don't fall off your horse.
    In the same way, whatever circumstances you encounter, if you are well trained in meditation, you don't get swept away by emotions.
    Instead they perk you up and your awareness increases."

    Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.

    Here are links to the Thich Nhat Hanh's new translation of the Heart Sutra
    plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation

    Recorded versions of the new translation:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vNbEjdfJCI

    soundcloud.com/tj-fool/the-insight-that-brings-us-to-the-other-shore
    Tuesday
    Feb. 20
    7:30 - 9pm
    Meditation and Beyond - This is a secular group emphasizing silent meditation. Following the 40 minute silent meditation there will be a dharma talk. This group can be utilized at different levels—from just stress reduction all the way to Awakening.

    This week we continue the review of a very different Dharma book. The book (available on Amazon and in free PDF form) is Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel M Ingram. The subtitle is called An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book.

    Notes from previous meetings can be found at: https://sites.google.com/planetmiles.org/meditation

    For more information contact Russ Miles at .
    Wednesday
    Feb. 21
    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 begin reading Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, by Robert Wright
    "At the heart of the Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer-and the reason we make other people suffer- is that we don't see the world clearly.

    Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path."
    Wednesday
    Feb. 21
    6 - 7pm
    Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - In this weekly session, our focus is on the Ten Perfections (Paramitas)—guideposts toward the virtues leading to an enlightened life. The Paramitas are: Generosity, Ethical Integrity, Renunciation, Wisdom, Wise Effort, Patience Truthfulness, Resolve, Loving-Kindness, and Equinimity.

    This week's Paramita is Truthfulness.
    Resolution: May I be truthful with myself so that there is harmony between what I say, what I do, and who I am.
    Mantra: May I be truthful with myself and others.

    We will listen to a short reading followed by silent meditation
    Thursday
    Feb. 22
    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. Respecting the sensitivities of others, please refrain from using heavy fragrances when you attend. For more information contact us .
    Sunday
    Feb. 25
    10am - 12pm
    Zen Meditation - Our group practices meditation and discussion based on Zen traditions. As lay facilitators we strive to promote wisdom and compassion through our practice. We believe by sitting together we can strengthen our group (Sangha) and individual commitment to following Buddhist teachings (Dharma). Many books recommended by our facilitators can be found at the Zen section of our Amazon Store. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact .
    Sunday
    Feb. 25
    7:30 - 8:30pm
    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. Respecting the sensitivities of others, please refrain from using heavy fragrances when you attend. For more information contact us .
    Monday
    Feb. 26
    7 - 9pm
    Western Buddhist Group - We will study the Seven Point Mind Training/Lojong Practice that was introduced by Lama Gursam in his teaching session during his recent visit to ADMC, It is a practice meant to develop our compassionate heart.

    We will introduce each of the Lojong slogans, along with the commentary thereof, followed by discussion and a commitment to work with that particular slogan in our daily life during the week. We will be using The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life by Dzigar Kongtrul as well as additional resources. It is not necessary to purchase the book as we will have several copies and read and discuss together.

    Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.

    Here are links to the Thich Nhat Hanh's new translation of the Heart Sutra
    plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation

    Recorded versions of the new translation:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vNbEjdfJCI

    soundcloud.com/tj-fool/the-insight-that-brings-us-to-the-other-shore


    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: 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.

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