• An Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism for beginners will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 10, 1 - 3pm.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 1, we will have our Annual Membership Meeting.
  • Optional - Zen Early Start on Sunday, Sept. 4. Come early to start the month with an extended meditation session.
  • The next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group will begin September 19A 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  . Public Service Announcement.
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Aug. 23
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will read and discuss Chapters 63 and 64 in the Tao Te Ching. Key Taoist concepts are addressed in these chapters: the sagely use of skill and economy (of energy and resources) in dealing with situations, as in coping with problems by addressing them while they are small, and acting through the use of no apparent action (wu wei). The first concept is fairly easy to understand. But what does it mean to "act without acting" (wei wu wei)? 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.
Aug. 24
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."
Aug. 24
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)
Aug. 25
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 .
Aug. 26
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
Aug. 28
ADMC Members will meet with Buddhist inmates at United States Penitentiary, Lee (USP Lee).
Aug. 28
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
  • 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: or visit the interviewer's Religion For Life web site at

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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