Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

November 29 - December 5

We are excited to offer the brand new Taoist Study Group beginning next Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm in the Lotus Room. Read about it below. Also the Mindful Recovery Group is open to new members every Saturday at 10 am in one of the member's home. For more information please contact Jeff at 423-557-6553. We ask that anyone attending be vaccinated.

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Library/Meditation Room Hours

Going forward there will not be set hours for the library/meditation room.  If you'd like to drop by please email with some times you'd like to come by.  Someone will respond to confirm that they can meet you.

November 29
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person

We are reading and discussing together:
"After Buddhism, Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age"
by Stephen Batchelor.
This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the spread of Buddhism in today’s globalized world. 
Some 25 centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? We will read the book aloud and discuss as we go along. It is helpful, but not necessary to have the book.

December 1
9:30 - 11am

Western Buddhist Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person 

This week we will continue reading and discussing together Welcoming the Unwelcome, Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World,  by Pema Chodron.
New members are welcome anytime. You do not need to have the book to participate.

December 1
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person 
During the month of November, we will be studying Skandas. According to Buddhism, people are made of five aggregates or “heaps” of clinging. These are known in Sanskrit as the Skandhas. They are Form, Feelings, Perception, Mental Formations, and Consciousness.

December 5

9 am
Bell 9:30 am

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

NOTE 1: The Zen group gathers in person at 9 am and the meditation bell rings at 9:30 am.

NOTE 2: The Zen group is now meeting, socially distanced and with masks required, at an outdoor location (no Zoom). Andrew is emailing details out about these meetings. If you want to attend and haven’t seen an email from Andrew, please email the center at and we will get you added!

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.