• 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Sept. 19
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 1, "Your Life with Grief"
Sept. 20
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will read and discuss Chapters 73 and 74 from the Tao Te Ching. In Chapter 73 Laozi affirms that the ways of heaven (tian) are inscrutable, even to the sage. Consequently, the sage models him/herself after the ways of heaven through patience and flexibility, not through certainty. Chapter 74 argues against the illogic of a government that threatens its people with death as a means of keeping them in submission. When the people lose their fear of death the days of that government are numbered. Yes, there is a legitimate “executioner”, but it belongs to the course of nature and the ways of heaven, not any human power. 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. 21
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 Loving Kindness (Metta).
"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. 22
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. 23
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - 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
Sept. 25
ADMC Members will meet with Buddhist inmates at United States Penitentiary, Lee (USP Lee).
Sept. 25
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 .
Sept. 26
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 2, "Your Grief and Society"

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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