ADMC

Notes
  • The Zen Group will meet at 11am this Sunday, Dec. 17.
  • ADMC Library / New Book Alert - "Why Buddhism is True" by Robert Wright.
    From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain. But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people. In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.
    Find it in the General Buddhism section of the ADMC Library. Checking out books from the library is a privilege of ADMC membership.
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Monday
Dec. 11
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - We will study the Seven Point Mind Training/Lojong Practice that was introduced by Lama Gursam in his teaching session during his recent visit to ADMC, It is a practice meant to develop our compassionate heart.

We will introduce each of the Lojong slogans, along with the commentary thereof, followed by discussion and a commitment to work with that particular slogan in our daily life during the week. We will be using The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life by Dzigar Kongtrul as well as additional resources. It is not necessary to purchase the book as we will have several copies and read and discuss together.

This week we will study Slogan #15: Four practices are the best of methods.
  1. accumulating merit through any actions or words that lessen self-absorption and thus create more space in your mind and heart
  2. laying down evil deeds through honest and joyful self-reflection
  3. Return to mindfulness when possessed by overwhelming emotions.
  4. When unanticipated obstacles arise, turn to this practice.
Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.

Here are links to the Thich Nhat Hanh's new translation of the Heart Sutra
plumvillage.org/news/thich-nhat-hanh-new-heart-sutra-translation

Recorded versions of the new translation:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vNbEjdfJCI

soundcloud.com/tj-fool/the-insight-that-brings-us-to-the-other-shore
Wednesday
Dec. 13
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 begin reading Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith.
"Drawing on more than twenty years of experience, Jean Smith guides us through the subtleties of the perfections, the Buddha's foundational teaching for true happiness. With helpful exercises to incorporate them into daily life and instructions for an independent, at-home self-retreat, you can achieve lasting happiness, regardless of your spiritual tradition."
This week we practice "Patience."

Resolution: May I be patient and forgiving when self-centered fear or anger arises, accepting things just as they are.

Mantra: May I be patient and forgiving to all.
Wednesday
Dec. 13
6 - 7pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - After four years of consistent Brahmavihara Practice we went through a cycle of the Ten Perfections (Paramitas). For the remainder of 2017 each Wednesday night's session will be "Facilitators Choice". The cycle of Brahmavihara and Ten Perfections will begin again in 2018.

This week: Giving and Receiving. A short reading about the practice of Tonglen with time for a led Tonglen session for the group.
Thursday
Dec. 14
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
Dec. 15
7 - 9pm
Meditation and Beyond - This is a secular group emphasizing silent meditation. Following the 40 minute silent meditation there will be a dharma talk. This group can be utilized at different levels—from just stress reduction all the way to Awakening.

This week we will continue the video series.  Early on we watched the documentary 'With One Voice' by my teacher Matt Flickstein - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3o2kltX7RI
The documentary interviewed sages from many different traditions - Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Islam, Taoism, etc.  This series will be the full interviews that contain more than what was in the film.  Some interviews were not in the film.

This week I will be showing the interview of Joseph Goldstein. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

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
Dec. 17
11am - 12:30pm
Zen Meditation - Our group practices meditation and discussion based on Zen traditions. As lay facilitators we strive to promote wisdom and compassion through our practice. We believe by sitting together we can strengthen our group (Sangha) and individual commitment to following Buddhist teachings (Dharma). Many books recommended by our facilitators can be found at the Zen section of our Amazon Store. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact .
Sunday
Dec. 17
7:30 - 8:30pm
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 .
Monday
Dec. 18
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - We will study the Seven Point Mind Training/Lojong Practice that was introduced by Lama Gursam in his teaching session during his recent visit to ADMC, It is a practice meant to develop our compassionate heart.

We will introduce each of the Lojong slogans, along with the commentary thereof, followed by discussion and a commitment to work with that particular slogan in our daily life during the week. We will be using The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life by Dzigar Kongtrul as well as additional resources. It is not necessary to purchase the book as we will have several copies and read and discuss together.

Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.