Introductory Classes

How to Meditate – Meditation Instruction Class
Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 24:30 p.m.


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in forming a meditation practice for himself or herself. You don’t have to be Buddhist! Although these are typical Buddhist meditation techniques, Christians can make use of the techniques as well, and are welcome to attend! Anyone who is feeling depressed, stressed, or overwhelmed will benefit greatly and are encouraged to come.

What is the content?

We will cover concentration (breath counting), mindfulness (insight), and walking meditations, as well as using a silent mantra, chanting, and listening to a guided meditation. You will be given a chance to practice each type of meditation for about 15 minutes to see which works best for you. There will also be a question/answer period at the end of the session.

Will I have to sit on a cushion with my legs folded?

No. The idea is to sit comfortably. Those who feel they can tolerate sitting on a cushion are welcome to do so. Cushions are provided. There is no need to pretzel your legs, however. Sitting Indian style is fine.

On the other hand, most of the meditations can also be done sitting in a chair (chairs are provided). Some are better done lying on the floor, but if you cannot do this, that’s OK. The walking meditation requires slow walking (obviously), but if you cannot do that, that’s OK, too.

Who is the facilitator?

Jody Palm will facilitate the class. Jody practices Tibetan & Zen Buddhism and has been meditating for more than 30 years. She is a founding member of ADMC, and also teaches an Introduction to Buddha and Buddhism class at ADMC.

Is there a fee?

No, the class is offered free of charge. However, freewill offerings (dana) are gratefully accepted.

How do I get there?

Directions to the center at

For additional information, please email the address at the bottom of this page.

View an online slides presentation of Buddhism: A short introduction.