• The Western Buddhist Group's Wednesday, Oct. 26, morning (Holston Valley Sangha) and the Friday, Oct. 28, evening meetings are canceled because a number of our facilitators will be at Venerable Pannavati’s, Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, for a Dharmacharya retreat.
  • Facebook and Twitter users, would you like to help promote ADMC on social media? If you are interested in taking on the responsibility for these communications, please contact the Board at .
  • Asheville Shambhala Sit-A-Thon - Nov. 5 - 6 at 60 N. Merrimon Ave. #113, Asheville, NC 28804.
  • Optional - Zen Early Start - 4pm on Sunday, Nov. 6. Come early to start the month with an extended meditation session.
  • An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Workshop will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am - 4pm. Click for details. You are encouraged to preregister, as seating will be limited.
  • The Grief Recovery Support Group has reached maximum capacity.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
Oct. 24
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 6, "Your Unique Grief"
Oct. 25
7 - 8:30pm
Taoism Study Group - This week we will continue our re-read and reflection of the Tao Te Ching, a seminal text of ancient Taoism, at Chapter 5. Contact Gary at  for more information.
Oct. 26
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 Wise 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)
Oct. 27
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 .
Oct. 30
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. 31
6:30 - 8pm
A Mindful Journey Through Grief with Debra Brewer, M.Div., Session 7, "Stuck in Your 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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