• The NVC Practice meeting regarding Empathy has been postponed to Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 pm.
  • A Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 20, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. This two-hour session is open to those who simply want to know more about mindfulness and meditation; those beginning a meditation practice; as well as to those who would like to deepen their practice. It is good to have a mix of experience in the group as it allows learning from each other. Click here for more information about this session.
  • Next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group will begin March 21A 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 seven years of experience facilitating grief support groups. Contact .
  • BASIC NVC (Nonviolent Communication) COURSE for 12 weeks, starting on Tuesday Mar 22, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at ADMC. We will be using 2 books: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, and Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook by Lucey Leu, both of them to be acquired by the participating person (available at Amazon). No dues for the course, but donations would be appreciated to be sent to the NVC organization. A minimum of 6 new participants and a maximum of 12. Anybody interested should contact us by e-mail at  .
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Feb. 9
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will be discussing Chapter 31 of the Tao Te Ching. This chapter continues the theme of warfare introduced in Chapter 30 and Laozi's criticism, in Chapter 29, of the misguided presumptions of trying to control the world through the use of violent force. Laozi is not strictly a pacifist. He seems to think that warfare may sometimes be unavoidable (as a last resort). But warfare should always be named for what it is—a pure tragedy. There is no glory in it, and the victorious should attend to its conclusion as one attends a funeral. Meetings include a short period of guided or silent meditation, the chapter reading with commentary, and open discussion.  Everyone is welcome.  Contact Gary at for more information.
Feb. 10
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. After our regular 30-minute silent meditation we are currently reading It's Up to You, The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path by Dzigar Kongtrul. Self Reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It means taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. With self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and empowerment. (Amazon)
Feb. 10
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - 2nd Wednesday - "Forgiveness" - This session will begin with a brief talk moving into a guided meditation and concluding with silent meditation.
"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. 11
7 - 8pm
Buddhism & 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. 12
We will be watching an episode from the 1972 TV series Kung Fu with David Caradine.  Kwai Chang Caine's, Shaolin priest ("Grasshopper"), a man of peace traveling in a land of violence as he flees China for the American West in search of his roots. Many lives will be touched by him along his journey.
Feb. 12
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
Feb. 14
ADMC Members will meet with Buddhist inmates at United States Penitentiary, Lee (USP Lee).
Feb. 14
2 - 3:30pm
Western Buddhist Group - We begin with a 20-30 minute silent meditation. Then we have tea and snacks while reading and discussing a book or article. We are currently reading the anthology Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
Synopsis: Hooked! includes a range of writings on how to apply Buddhist thought and ethics to understand and combat the problem of over-consumption as individuals and collectively. Contributors include:
  • Pema Chödrön—on what is actually happening at the moment we're "hooked," and how to get beyond that.
  • Joseph Goldstein—on how mindfulness training can help us stop "wanting to want."
  • Bhikshuni Thubten Chödrön—on how consumer mentality influences spiritual practice.
  • Judith Simmer-Brown—on how cultivating spiritually based activism and compassionate action can help us address the negative effects of consumerism.
  • Rita Gross—on how understanding moderation can curb over consumption.
  • Santikaro Bhikkhu—on practicing generosity in a consumer world.​
Feb. 14
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

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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