Here's what's happening this week at ADMC
May 30 to June 5

We are excited to announce our first post COVID Introduction to Meditation in person session on Saturday, June 4 from 11 am to 1 pm. Please come and join us as we discuss general meditation, Zen and Taoism. Spread the word and bring a friend!

And the following Saturday is the ADMC member picnic June 11 at 11 a.m. at Metro Kiwanis Pavilion # 5 (the same location as last year) 817 Guaranda Drive, Johnson City. Please come and celebrate our sangha, its members & dharma friends.
We will begin with a meditation, followed by good food and some fun activities including games, drum circle (hopefully an improvised jam session!)
What to bring: Food (please label if vegetarian/vegan/gluten free), Family/Friends, Games, Drums/Instruments, Chairs, Sunscreen and an open heart and mind. Please vaccinated members only. Masks are optional.
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.

May 30
7:00 - 8:30pm

Western Buddhist Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person

This week we will read and discuss together:
Sutta 150 Nagaravindeyya or To the Nagaravindansand  and Sutta 151 Pindapātapārisuddhi Sutta or The Purification of Almsfood Sutta
The reading will be followed by 1/2 hour meditation
After this series of Suttas we plan to read the book:  "SECULAR BUDDHISM: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World" by Stephen Batchelor.

May 31

7:30 - 8:45 pm

The Misfit Taoists Study Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person

We are continuing our reading and discussion from the Tao Te Ching, this week covering Verse 29 (the universe cannot be improved upon, thus the sage avoids extremes) and 30 (use of force is not the way of Tao). Contact Gary at for more information about the group.
June 1
9:30 - 11am

Western Buddhist Group

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person 

We continue reading our book "8 Mindful Steps to Happiness, Walking the Buddha's Path"  by Bhante Gunaratana.
We will read the book aloud with plenty of opportunity for comments and discussion. Newcomers are always welcome.

June 1
6:30 - 7:30pm

Cultivating Qualities of the Heart

Please NOTE this session is Virtual, NOT in person 

For the next couple of weeks you are invited to share a brief (10-15  minutes) Buddhist reading of your choice, after which we will discuss. 

June 4
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.

June 4

At 11 am, please join us in the Lotus Room for a community "Introductions to Buddhist Meditation & Taoism" presentation. Three speakers will discuss various ways to meditate (including Zen and Taoism) and lead various guided meditations as an experiential exercise. Whether you are new to meditation or experienced, you will learn something new. Bring a friend!

May 29
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 continues to 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.