- The next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group will begin September 19. A 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 eight years of experience facilitating grief support groups. Contact .
- The Wednesday morning Holston Valley Sangha group is on vacation for the month of July.
- Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!
Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
7 - 8:30pm
|Taoism Study Group - Last week’s meeting was postponed. So this week we will again pick up Chapters 57 and 58 in the Tao Te Ching. Both these chapters deal with governing from a Taoist perspective. Laozi contends that the ruler should not meddle in the lives of the people. This perspective appears vaguely libertarian or anarchic. But the reason for non-interference is not so the people can do as they please. It is so they can flourish according to their true nature. Meetings include a short period of guided or silent meditation, a reading from a Taoist classic text with commentary, and open discussion. Contact Gary at for more information.|
6:30 - 7:30pm
| 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 is 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)
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 .|
7 - 9pm
|After a 30 minute meditation, we will be reading Opening the Heart of the Cosmos, Insights on the Lotus Sutra, by Thich Nhat Hanh.
This is the great insight of the Mahayana - that everyone can become a Buddha. What Siddhartha achieved, all of us can also achieve, whether we are a man or a woman, no matter what social class or ethnic group we were born into, or whether we practice as a monastic or as a layperson. We all have the capacity to become a fully enlightened Buddha. And while on the path to becoming a fully enlightened Buddha, we are all bodhisattvas. - Thich Nhat Hanh
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 .|
- 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.