ADMC

Notes
  • The ADMC library is one of our greatest resources for our members. We have over 700 books available! We are in the process of updating the inventory and have found that there are quite a few books that have been checked out for quite an extended period of time. If you have checked out a book in the past can you scan your home libraries to see if you have a library book that maybe you had forgotten about?
  • The next cycle of the Mindful Grieving Group  will begin on September 11A 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 ten years of experience facilitating grief support groups. Contact  .
  • Visit our August Poetry page for a different perspective on practice.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Monday
Aug. 21
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.

Last week we read pages 11-19, covering the first slogan:
First train in the preliminaries.
Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.
Tuesday
Aug. 22
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - With reference to the Yellow Emperor (the quasi-historical founder of Chinese civilization) in Chapter 11 of the Zhuangzi we see a transition from the primitivist writings (which began in Chapter 8) to later syncretist thinking. The Yellow Emperor is typically revered in Taoist circles. However, the primitivist writer criticizes him for being the first to use "benevolence and righteousness to meddle with the minds of humans.” The syncretist writer then tells a story of the Yellow Emperor who sought wisdom from a twelve-hundred-year-old Master. When he asks about the Perfect Way, by which he hoped to control the essence of Heaven and earth “to ensure the growth of all things,” he is rebuked. But when he asks about the Perfect Way to control his own body, the Master is pleased to teach him. “[T]he Perfect Way is mysterious and hushed in silence. Let there be no seeing, no hearing; enfold the spirit in quietude, and the body will right itself. … You have only to take care and guard your own body; these other things will of themselves grow sturdy."

This week we will read and discuss still further into Chapter 11. Contact Gary at  for more information.
Wednesday
Aug. 23
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 finish watching and discussing With One Voice, a documentary where mystics from the world's great spiritual traditions come together to share their personal experiences.  
Wednesday
Aug. 23
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. These qualities comprise the topics for meditation sessions each Wednesday evening. While topics may vary, typically the month begins with the first of these--loving-kindness, and continues sequentially as listed here throughout the month. Each session includes an introduction of mindful concentration and ends with a silent meditation.

This week's session will include Equanimity.
Thursday
Aug. 24
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
Aug. 25
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 Circle 8 - Living in Freedom - the Tao Te Ching.

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
Aug. 27
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
Aug. 27
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
Aug. 28
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.

Last week we read pages 11-19, covering the first slogan:
First train in the preliminaries.
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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