ADMC

Notes
  • An Introduction to Buddha and Buddhism class will be offered on Saturday, October 21, 1 - 4:30pm. Jody Palm, a founding Board Member of ADMC, an experienced Tibetan practitioner, and currently a Zen practitioner, will be the facilitator.
  • The Grief Recovery Support Group has reached maximum capacity.
  • Visit our August Poetry page for a different perspective on practice.
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Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Monday
Oct. 16
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., 6, "Your Unique Grief"
Monday
Oct. 16
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.

We are continue to work with the 7th slogan:
"Practice giving and taking alternately. Mount both upon the breath."

This is an in depth look at the four types of exchanges of the Tonglen practice:
  1. Exchange of affection for intolerance
  2. Exchange of position
  3. Exchange of happiness for suffering
  4. Exchange of merit for demerit
This will end with a 30-minute Tonglen meditation.
Tuesday
Oct. 17
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - Conserving energy within the body and in the natural environment is an important Taoist principle. It is possible that certain kinds of human technology can assist with this conservation effort. Taoists are not anti-technology out of hand. But there is a danger. In Chapter 12 of the Zhuangzi a story is told of an old man who refuses to exchange the hard work of hand watering his field for an irrigation machine that could greatly ease his labor. “Where there are machines, there are bound to be machine worries; where there are machine worries, there are bound to be machine hearts. With a machine heart in your breast, you’ve spoiled what was pure and simple, and without the pure and simple, the life of the spirit knows no rest. Where the life of the spirit knows no rest, the Tao will cease to buoy you up.”

This week we will continue reading and discussing yet further into the ZhuangziChapter 12. Contact Gary at  for more information.
Wednesday
Oct. 18
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 sel-retreat, you can achieve lasting happiness, regardless of your spiritual tradition."
This week we will read Chapter 7 "Ethical Integrity."
Wednesday
Oct. 18
6 - 7pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart - After four years of consistent Brahmavihara Practice we will add the Practice of the Ten Perfections (Paramitas) to our sequence. The Perfections are guideposts toward the virtues leading to an enlightened life which is sometimes obscured by delusion, anger, greed, and fear.

The Paramitas are: Generosity, Ethical Integrity, Renunciation, Wisdom, Wise Effort, Patience, Truthfulness, Resolve, Loving-Kindness, and Equinimity. As these last two overlap with the Brahmaviharas we will then continue with Compassion and Joy. We will focus on a specific perfection each week with readings, meditation and discussion.

This week's selected Perfection is Truthfulness.

Resolution: May I be truthful with myself so that there is harmony between what I say, what I do, and who I am.
Mantra: May I be truthful with myself and others.
Thursday
Oct. 19
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
Oct. 20
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's topic is the Noble Eightfold Path.

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 .
Saturday
Oct. 21
1 - 4:30pm
Introduction to Buddha and Buddhism - First, we will cover the life of Buddha, basic laws and concepts of Buddhism, a bit about the different traditions and definitions of some Buddhist terms. After a break, we will get further into Buddhism by talking about the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path. If there is time and interest at the end of the day, participants can get instruction in basic Buddhist meditation. Click for details.
Sunday
Oct. 22
5 - 7pm
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 pages of our Amazon Store. All are welcome to attend. For further information contact .
Sunday
Oct. 22
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
Oct. 23
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., 7, "Stuck in Your Grief"
Monday
Oct. 23
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.


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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