ADMC

Notes
  • Optional - Zen Early Start - 4pm on Sunday, July 2. Come early to start the summer with an extended meditation session.
  • The Mindful Recovery group is adding a second regular meeting on Sundays, 7:30 - 8:30pm.
  • Lama Gursam will be visiting our Dharma Center during the days of July 28 - Aug 1. The schedule of events will be published soon. We are very fortunate to have Lama Gursam return this summer and we all look forward to his teaching.
  • These groups will not be meeting during the month of June: Wednesday mornings at HVUUC, Wednesday sound meditation (5:30-6pm), and Wednesday silent meditation (7-7:30pm).
  • Visit our June Poetry page for a different perspective on practice.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Monday
June 26
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - 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)

Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.
Tuesday
June 27
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - In Chapter 7 of the Zhuangzi, a contrast is made between a ruler who devises and enforces elaborate external means of governing the world and the sage who governs the world through inner cultivation of the self. “When the sage governs, does he govern what is on the outside? No. He makes sure of himself first, and then he acts.” In the next story, the Nameless Man is asked how to rule the world. After initially resisting to give an answer, he finally replies: “Let your mind wander in simplicity, blend your spirit with the vastness, follow along with things the way they are, and make no room for personal views—then the world will be governed."

We are currently reading and discussing the ancient Taoist classic called the Zhuangzi, this week continuing in Chapter 7. We are also pleased to have a skilled practitioner in the group who has been leading us in Taoist guided meditation and qigong (“energy work”) movement/exercise. Contact Gary at for more information.
Wednesday
June 28
9:30 - 11am
Western Buddhist Group - (Holston Valley Sangha) - Canceled for June.
Wednesday
June 28
5:30 - 6pm
Sound Meditation Canceled for June.
Wednesday
June 28
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. These qualities comprise the topics for meditation sessions each Wednesday evening. While topics may vary, typically the month begins with the first of these--loving-kindness, and continues sequentially as listed here throughout the month. Each session includes an introduction of mindful concentration and ends with a silent meditation.

This week's session will include Equanimity.
Wednesday
June 28
7 - 7:30pm
Silent Meditation - Canceled for June.
Thursday
June 29
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 .
Friday
June 30
7 - 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's topic is Circle 5 of the Eight Concentric Circles - 'Eradicating Our Perceptual Distortions'.

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

There is Meetup.com group for this group. See https://www.meetup.com/Meditation-and-Beyond-Meetup/

For more information contact Russ Miles at
Sunday
July 2
4 - 4:45pm
Zen Meditation - Optional early start—get a little deeper into Zen practice.
Sunday
July 2
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 .
Sunday
July 2
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
July 3
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - 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)

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


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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