Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

November 11
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group - We will be reading and discussing Sutra 59: Bahuvedanīya Sutta, or The Many Kinds of Feeling, followed by 1/2 hour meditation.

November 12
6:00 - 7:00pm

Silent Meditation

After an initial guided meditation we will sit in silence. Meditation instruction will be provided if needed.

No meditation experience is required.

Chairs and cushions will be available.

Participants are welcome to sit for the entire time or just a portion of the hour.

Come share the silence. All are welcome.

November 13
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

This Week Lojong slogan #24 : Change your attitude, but remain natural. Work on reversing your caught-up self-important attitude and remain relaxed in the process. Instead of always being caught in a prison of self-absorption, look out and express geltleness to all things. Then just relax. (Pema Chodron)

November 13
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

For the next few weeks we will be discussing The Tibetan Wheel of Life

The wheel of Life is a Buddhist allegorical painting dating back to ancient India. The painting describes how our sense of self and our life in this world take shape, portraying how we think, how we act, how we feel, and how we manifest our own personal reality by projecting our internal dramas onto our lives. We do not see our situation clearly. It's as if we wear special glasses made of all our thoughts, feelings, impulses, etc., that color and distort how we see our lives. The good news is that, given that these glasses are of our own making, we can remove them and awaken from our daydream world. (David Nichtern, Awakening from the Daydream)

This Week: Tonight we will look at The Human Realm as part of The Wheel of Life. Buddhism asserts that one is reborn in this realm with vastly different physical endowments and moral natures because of past Karma. A rebirth in this realm is considered fortunate because it offers an opportunity to attain Nirvana, a state in which there is neither suffering nor desire. Join us for a reading, meditation and discussion.

All are welcome.

No meditation experience is required.

November 14
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 17
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

Our weekly meeting focuses on Zen teachings and meditation. All seekers are welcome.

For further information, please contact


  • 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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