• On Saturday, Oct. 1, we will have our Annual Membership Meeting. Members of ADMC are invited to a pot luck dinner and meeting at the Dharma Center on Saturday, October 1st at 5pm. Doors open at 4:30pm. There will be entertainment, a short business meeting and a get to know each other meal. Please include this on your calendar and bring you favorite summer dish to share.
  • The Western Buddhist Group (Holston Valley Sangha) will be starting again on Wednesday morning, September 28.
  • Optional - Zen Early Start on Sunday, Oct. 2. Come early to start the month with an extended meditation session.
  • Special Guest, Venerable Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni, an ordained Buddhist monk from Hendersonville, NC, who has given talks at the center several times over the past few years will be at ADMC for a mini retreat. On Friday, Oct. 7, 7 - 8 pm Pannavati will give a talk on Cultivating The Buddhist Path.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 8, Pannavati will be leading a session on Protecting The Heart From A World On Fire. The practice will be from 10 am - 4 pm with a break for lunch at noon. There is no fee but a suggested donation of $20 is requested. All dāna (selfless giving) will be for the teacher to offset her expenses and contribute to her efforts. Click for more information.
  • How to Meditate – A meditation instruction class will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 - 4:30pm.
  • The next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group  began 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.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Sept. 26
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 2, "Your Grief and Society"
Sept. 27
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will read and discuss Chapters 75 and 76 from the Tao Te Ching. In Chapter 75 Laozi paints a dismal picture of “those above” who abuse the common people through living lives of exploitation and excess. In answer, Laozi, who always takes the long view, affirms in Chapter 76 that the (soft and) weak will eventually overcome the (hard and) strong. It’s just a question of time. 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.
Sept. 28
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 watching Peace is Every Step, a biography of Thich Nhat Hanh with additional teaching sessions.
"Thich Nhat Hanh has had a profound impact on contemporary thinking and, importantly, social action. His efforts to achieve an early peaceful end to the American war in Vietnam earned him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a forty-year exile from his homeland.

Peace Is Every Step is an intimate and direct portrait of of a monk who has lived through war and fought back with meditation, love and grace under fire, testimony to the faith that simple practices and insights drawn from (but not by any means limited to) the Buddhist meditative tradition can help change conditions for the better: on a personal level, in the family, in the community, in a nation and in the world."
Sept. 28
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 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)
Sept. 29
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 .
Sept. 30
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - For the next few weeks, during this election season, we will not discuss the electoral system, issues, or candidates, but rather be reading from diverse sources and engaging in conversation focused on the Buddhist tools of compassion, generosity, and equanimity to decrease our own (and others’) suffering and increase well-being. Each session will begin with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.
Oct. 1
5 - 7pm
Annual Membership Meeting - There will be entertainment, a short business meeting and a get to know each other meal.
Oct. 2
4 - 4:45pm
Zen Meditation - Optional early start--get a little deeper into Zen practice.
Oct. 2
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 .
Oct. 3
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 3, "The Effects of Grief"

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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