ADMC

Notes
  • Holston Valley Sangha  (Wednesday morning session that usually meets at UU Church) will be meeting at ADMC in Johnson City Wednesdays July 18, and 25.
  • ADMC held the planned Intro to Buddhism, Meditation, and Mindfulness class on Saturday, July 7.  Ten community members, mostly new to ADMC, attended. The presentations from the class are available here. Several people said they were told by friends and family, so thanks goes to you who spread the word. We look forward to having more classes like these in the future.
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Monday
July 16
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 we will cover Slogan #43: Observe these two, even at the risk of our life. The "two" referred to here are:
  1. your refuge vows (the vow to take refuge in that which is not based on ego-gratification but on the open, unbiased nature of the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha) and
  2. your bodhisattva vows (the vow to use your life to awaken in order to help all beings to do the same).

    Whatever happens in your life, joyful or painful, do not be swept away by reactivity. Be patient with yourself and don't lose your sense of perspective.
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
Wednesday
July 18
9:30 - 11am
Western Buddhist Group - (Holston Valley Sangha) - This meeting will be at ADMC in Johnson City. 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
July 18
6:30 - 7:30pm
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 Equanimity.

We will listen to a short reading followed by silent meditation.
Thursday
July 19
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
July 22
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. Meetings begin with 30 minutes of social time. Sitting meditation (zazen) begins at 10:30. Normally we have two periods of silent meditation separated by walking meditation (kinhin). A reading and discussion follow. For further information contact .
Monday
July 23
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.



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 Zen and Western Buddhism.



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