Here's what's happening this week at ADMC

December 10
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group - Starting on Dec 10 we will the studying Suttas related to the Living Dharma, the way they are presented in the Majjhima Nikaya (The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha), as recently suggested to us by Venerable Pannavati.

This first Monday we will be reading Sutta # 16: "The Wilderness in the Heart" which addresses difficulties in our path. One may listen and/or download the same Sutta with slightly different name that with the same content at:

Each week another Sutta will be approached.

December 12
9:30 - 11am

Western Buddhist Group - (formerly Holston Valley Sangha) - Will now be meeting at ADMC in Johnson City.

We are currently reading Awakening from the Daydream by Daved Nichtern.

In it, meditation teacher David Nichtern reimagines the ancient Buddhist allegory of the Wheel of Life.

Famously painted at the entryway to Buddhist monasteries, the Wheel of Life encapsulates the entirety of the human situation. In the image of the Wheel we find a teaching about how to make sense of life and how to find peace within an uncertain world.

December 12
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: Training for Happiness

December 13
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 .
December 16
10am - 12pm

Zen Meditation - Please join us this week at Windhorse Zen Community ( for zazen (sitting meditation) and teisho (teaching). A potluck brunch will follow. If you are interested in attending, would like to carpool or require directions, please contact Anni at 530.570.5284.

Those not going to Windhorse will meet at the ADMC for zazen and a dharma talk. 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.


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  • 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!

Socks for the Homeless

Spreading kindness and joy with a simple gift

Help keep someone warm this winter with something as simple as a new pair of socks.

Please donate ONLY new men's white cotton crew socks. The homeless can usually get donated clothes and food but rarely do people donate socks. Socks are the number one needed clothing item according to a recent national survey.

Donations will be gratefully accepted through the winter and maybe beyond.

Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.

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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