ADMC

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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Monday
April 24
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., 6, "Your Unique Grief"
Monday
April 24
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
April 25
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - Chapter 4 of the Zhuangzi, called “In the Human World,” has focused on how the sage survives in a dangerous world. In the early parts of the chapter, Zhuangzi counsels us to nurture the inner self and not to resist conditions over which we have no control. At the end of the chapter, he encourages us to embrace uselessness! This strikes us as very odd. All our lives we have been told (socialized) that success comes when we put ourselves forward and continually demonstrate our worth. We are strong, beautiful, wealthy, smart. But for Zhuangzi, this exposure is dangerous and exhausting to the mind and body such that we do not live out the years allotted to us by Nature/Heaven. Instead, we should emulate the old gnarled tree that being deemed useless by the woodsman and the carpenter grows very large and lives long. “Everyone knows the use of the useful, but nobody knows the use of the useless!"
We are reading and discussing the Zhuangzi or Chuang Tzu, a seminal text of ancient Taoism. This week starting Chapter 5. We are using Burton Watson’s translation (1968, 2013). His 1968 edition can be read online for free here.Contact Gary at  for more information.
Wednesday
April 26
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. We will be reading Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindFUL.
Wednesday
April 26
5:30 - 6pm
Sound Meditation: We will use various sound recordings (chants, Tibetan bowls, music, etc.) leading to a 15 minute silent meditation
Wednesday
April 26
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. 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 will be Compassionate Communication.
"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)
Wednesday
April 26
7 - 7:30pm
Silent Meditation
Thursday
April 27
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
April 28
7 - 9pm
Meditation and Beyond- This is a secular group emphasizing silent meditation.  Following the meditation there will be dharma talks related to mind techniques and philosophy.  This group can be utilized at different levels - from just stress reduction all the way to Awakening.

We are done with the overview material.  In this meeting we start going through the ‘Eight Concentric Circles’ as taught by my teacher.  It is similar to the ‘Eight-fold Path’, if you are familiar with that.  This meeting's topic is Circle 1 - Resolution of Past Issues.
This Meeting Agenda:
  • Issues/Comments from meditation the previous week.
  • Silent Group Meditation (30 minutes)
  • Outline the ‘Eight Concentric Circles’.
  • Discussion of Circle 1 - Resolution of Past Issues
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
April 30
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 .
Monday
May 1
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., 7, "Stuck in Your Grief"
Monday
May 1
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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