Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

July 8
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group - - We will be reading and discussing Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright.

July 10
9:30 - 11am

Western Buddhist Group- (formerly Holston Valley Sangha) - Will now be 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.

This week we will continue with Slogan #7: Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. these two should ride the breath. This is instruction for a meditation practice called tongles. In this practice you send out happiness to others and you take in any suffering that others feel. You take in with a sense of openness and compassion and you send out in the same spirit. People need help, and with this practice we extend ourselves to them. (Pema Chodron)

July 10
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

Free Form Wednesday

For the remaining Wednesdays in July we invite everyone to bring a short reading to share.

Please bring a brief, one page or so, reading that is meaningful to you. You may read these yourself or one of our facilitators will be happy to do so for you.

All are welcome.

No meditation experience is required.

July 11
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 here.

July 14
10am - 12pm

Zen Meditation- Our weekly meeting focuses on Zen meditation techniques and teachings. We welcome newcomers; you do not need to be an experienced meditator to learn about Zen.

Our typical Sunday schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 Welcome and introduction for new attendees
  • 10:30 Zazen, followed by kinhin (walking meditation), followed by another period of zazen
  • 11:15ish Dharma talk (a reading and/or discussion)
  • 11:30ish Tea and social time

For further information about our weekly meeting contact

If you are new to Zen, a good description of how we sit for zazen can be found at

We have zafu (cushions) and zabatons (mats) at the zendo for your use.

Many books recommended by our facilitators can be found at the Zen section of our Amazon Store.


  • Holston Valley Sangha(Wednesday morning session that used to meet at UU Church) will now be meeting at ADMC in Johnson City.
  • See the website's embedded Twitter feed for last minute schedule changes and notices. Follow us on Twitter @AppDharma.
  • Visit our Summer Poetry page for a different perspective on practice.
  • Please shop at our Store to help support Appalachian Dharma!

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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