• The Knoxville Community of Mindfulness 
    practicing mindfulness, loving-kindness, and compassion

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Who We Are

We are a Sangha (gathering of spiritual friends) learning and meditating together, led by John Blackburn.  John has practiced meditation for over fifty years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen and Dzogchen traditions.  

Some of us are new to the practice of meditation; others have decades of experience. Our members come from all walks of life and a variety of spiritual traditions.  All are welcome!

What We Offer

Classes Offered

  • Beginning Mindfulness Meditation
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Opening the Heart: Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation
  • Lojong: Tibetan Mind Training
  • The Bodhisattva Path
  • Unconditional Love, 1
  • Unconditional Love, 2
  • Unconditional Love, 3
  • Wisdom: The Power of Investigation

Private Instruction

  • For those who prefer not to be in classes
  • Structured to fit student's schedule and objectives
  • Can be in person or on Zoom

Weekly Meetings (Sangha)

Thursdays 6:30-8:00 pm
  • On Zoom every week
  • In person on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays each month
  • Includes guided meditation, a period of teaching & discussion
  • Suitable for new as well as experienced meditators
  • No charge to attend.  All are welcome

Upcoming Classes

Unconditional Love, Part 3

Sundays April 21-May 12, 2024

2:00-3:30 pm

Meaningful Life Center & On Zoom

$70 class fee

This class continues to build upon the practices and teachings offered in Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 3 will explore the awakening mind with practices which offer a direct experience of our true nature, which is Unconditional Love. 

Prerequisites for this class are Unconditional Love Part 1 and Part 2, or the equivalent experience.  If you would like to participate in this class and have not yet met these prerequisites, please contact John directly by clicking the button below:

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"The source of love is deep in us ..."

Thich Nhat Hanh