Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

December 9
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group - We will be reading and discussing Sutra 61: Ambalatthikārāhulovāda Sutta, or Advice to Rāhula at Amalatthikā, followed by 1/2 hour meditation.

December 11
9:30 - 11am

Western Buddhist Group - (formerly Holston Valley Sangha) - now meeting at ADMC in Johnson City

We are currently studying and practicing Lojong.

The lojong teachings are organized around seven points that contain fifty-nine slogans that remind us how we can use our difficulties and problems as the raw material to awaken our hearts and uncontrived compassion.

Our core text will be The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionalte Lifeby Dzigar Kongtrul, but we will us many other texts and audio recordings to enrich our understanding.

You may purchase the book, but it is not necessary as we will read it together during our session.


  • 9:00 to 9:30 we will listen to Pema Chodron’s Be Grateful to Everyone
  • 9:30 to 10:00 Silent Meditation
  • 10:00 to 11:00 Lojong discussion

We will look at Lojong Slogan #28: Abandon any hope of fruition.

The key instruction is to stay in the present. Don't get caught up in hopes of what you'll achieve and how good your situation will be some day in the future. What you do right now is what matters.
December 11
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

Holiday De-Stressing.

In this session we will cover some meditations to help reduce the stress the holiday season may bring. We will also offer some suggestions on dealing with all the increased activity and expectations.

All are welcome.

No meditation experience is required.

December 12
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

December 15
10am - 12pm

Zen Meditation - Our weekly meeting focuses on Zen teachings and meditation. All are welcome - newcomers and experienced seekers.

  • 10:00-10:30 Welcome newcomers
  • 10:30-11:30 Meditation & discussion
  • 11:30-12:00 Tea time & social

Our weekly meeting focuses on Zen teachings and meditation. All seekers are welcome.

For further information, please contact

To support our sangha and its members we have set up a food and supply donation container at the center. Please consider practicing the paramita of generosity to strengthen our sangha community.


  • Holston Valley Sangha(Wednesday morning session that used to meet at UU Church) will now be meeting at ADMC in Johnson City.
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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 Zen and Western Buddhism.

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