Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
March 14 - 20

As things begin to normalize regarding the pandemic, each virtual group is assessing how and when they want to resume in person meetings. We hope you all participate and can settle on what works for you. Looking toward the future, the Board is planning a member picnic for June 12 at 11 a.m. so please mark your calendars. More information to follow soon.
For all virtual meetings simply click on the Zoom click below to join any of the virtual meetings this week.  We ask that anyone attending in-person sessions or special events be vaccinated and wear a mask until further notice. Be well!

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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.

March 14
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 book presents a framework for understanding the spread of Buddhism in today’s 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. We will read the book aloud and discuss as we go along. It is helpful, but not necessary to have the book.

March 15
7:30 - 8:45pm

The Misfit Taoists Study Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person

We will meet virtually using the ADMC Zoom Meeting link.
Following 20 minutes of meditation, we will continue our reading and discussion from the Tao Te Ching, this week covering Verses 15 (the Way of the ancient masters and the dynamics of yin-yang) and 16 (the Way of nature: grow, flourish, then return). Contact Gary via ADMC at for more information.

March 16
9:30 - 11am

Western Buddhist Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person 

We coming to the end of reading and discussing together Welcoming the Unwelcome, Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World,  by Pema Chodron. 
We are in the process now of choosing our next book to read. New members are welcome anytime. You do not need to have the book to participate.

March 16
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person 

This week we continue our study of Dependent Origination.   
 It states that all dharmas (phenomena) arise in dependence upon other dharmas: "if this exists, that exists; if this ceases to exist, that also ceases to exist". The basic principle is that all things (dharmas, phenomena, principles) arise in dependence upon other things. 

March 19
The Mindful Recovery Group
The Mindful Recovery Group meets every Saturday at 10 am at one of our member's home. 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.
If you are interested in finding out more and to get directions, please contact Jeff at 423-557-6553. We ask that anyone attending be vaccinated.
March 20
9 am
Bell 9:30 am

Zen Meditation

Our weekly meeting focuses on Zen teachings and meditation. All are welcome - newcomers and experienced seekers.
The Zen group, for the winter, will gather in person as Covid allows. Gathering at 9 am and the meditation bell rings at 9:30 am.
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.