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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
May 23
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session Session 10, "Remembrance: A Ritual"
May 24
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Nonviolent Communication - In preparation please review Chapter 9 in the Nonviolent Communication book by Marshall Rosenberg and of the Companion Workbook.
May 24
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will read and discuss Chapters 42 and 43 of the Tao Te Ching. Chapter 42 is in some ways an enlargement of Chapter 40—a fuller cosmology but the same lesson: "being” comes from "non-being”, and living overcomes by yielding (which is contrary to much conventional human understanding and action). In Chapter 43, Laozi offers the example of water—the “softest thing in the world”—to illustrate how yielding overcomes all things. 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.
May 25
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 reading from Living Like a River, by Bodhipaksa, after having gone through the "6 Element Meditation."
May 25
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - 4th Wednesday - "Compassion" - 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)
May 26
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 .
May 27
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
May 29
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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