Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

February 24 - March 1

February 24
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group - We will start reading and discussing Mark Epstein book: GOING ON BEING, Part 3: Chapter 5:The Platform of Joy, followed by 1/2 hour meditation.

February 26
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 discuss Lojong Slogan #36: Don't act with a twist. Acting with a twist means having an ulterior motive of benefiting yourself. It's the sneaky approach. For instance, in order to get what you want for yourself, you may temporarily take the blame for something or help someone out. (Pema Chodron)

February 26
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

Impermanence Makes Everything Possible

"We are often sad and suffer a lot when things change, but change and impermanence have a positive side. Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. Life itself is possible. If a grain of corn is not impermanent, it can never be transformed into a stalk of corn. If the stalk were not impermanent, it could never provide us with the ear of corn we eat. If your daughter is not impermanent, she cannot grow up to become a woman. Then your grandchildren would never manifest." - Thich Nhat Hanh

All are welcome.

No meditation experience is required.

February 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. Respecting the sensitivities of others, please refrain from using heavy fragrances when you attend.

For more information contact us

March 1
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

For further information, please contact

To support our sangha, its members, and the community 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.

Donations of food and clothing collected at the center so far have been given to Hunger First in Kingsport, and much appreciated, especially since the weather just took a turn and temperatures dropped. We will continue to receive donations in the boxes we have provided at ADMC. Thank you so much for your generosity.


  • 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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