Special Note

The Zen group will NOT be meeting this Sunday, November 18th.

Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

November 12
7 - 9pm
Western Buddhist Group - We will study the Seven Point Mind Training/Lojong Practice that was introduced by Lama Gursam in his teaching session during his recent visit to ADMC, It is a practice meant to develop our compassionate heart.
We will introduce each of the Lojong slogans, along with the commentary thereof, followed by discussion and a commitment to work with that particular slogan in our daily life during the week. We will be using The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life by Dzigar Kongtrul as well as additional resources. It is not necessary to purchase the book as we will have several copies and read and discuss together.
This Week:

Lojong Slogan #59: Don't expect applause.

Don't count on receiving credit for your good deeds. Just do them anyway!
Each session will end with a 30-minute period of silent meditation.
Here are links to the Thich Nhat Hanh's new translation of the Heart Sutra:
November 14
9:30 - 11am
Western Buddhist Group - (formerly Holston Valley Sangha) - Will now be meeting at ADMC in Johnson City. We will begin reading Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright.
"At the heart of the Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer-and the reason we make other people suffer- is that we don't see the world clearly.

Drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution, Wright explains why the path toward truth and the path toward happiness are the same path."
November 14
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cultivating Qualities of the Heart
In this weekly session, our focus has alternated between the Ten Perfections (Paramitas) - guideposts toward the virtue leading to an elightened life, and the Four Brahmavihāras or Four Immeasurables.
Currently we are doing facilitator's choice, where a different topic is chosen every week.
This week the topic will be: Practice in "letting go" for more clarity of mind.
November 15
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 .
November 18
10am - 12pm
NOTE: Zen Meditation will NOT be meeting this week on November 18th


  • 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

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