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

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


  • Beginning Mindfulness Meditation
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Opening the Heart: Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation
  • Lojong: Tibetan Mind Training
  • The Bodhisattva Path
  • 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

  • Every Thursday 6:30-8:00 on Zoom 
  • Includes guided meditation, a period of teaching and discussion
  • Suitable for new as well as experienced meditators
  • No Charge to attend.  All are welcome.

Upcoming Classes

"if we can recognize suffering, and if we embrace it and look deeply into its roots, then we’ll be able to let go of the habits that feed it and at the same time, find a way to happiness."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Practicing The Four Noble Truths
Sundays, Feb12-Mar 5
​2:00-3:30 pm
​Hybrid - On Zoom and In-person at:  Meaningful Life Center
​116 Carr St
​Knoxville  37919

Suffering is an undeniable part of the human condition. We all experience it, but we don’t understand it or know how to free ourselves from its grip.  The teachings called the Four Noble Truths offer profound insights into our dilemma.  Practicing these insights leads to the end of suffering.

No prior meditation experience needed to take this class.

Opening the Heart: Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation
Sundays, Mar 12-Apr 2
​2:00-3:30 pm
​Hybrid - On Zoom and In-person at:  Meaningful Life Center
​116 Carr St
​Knoxville  37919

This class uses the teachings and practices known as The Four Immeasureables which are time-tested methods for cultivating fearlessness. The result of this practice is an opening of the heart, and we begin to relate to ourself, to others, and to all life with love, compassion, joy, and wisdom. 

No prior meditation experience is needed to take this class.

"True love has the power to heal and transform the situation around us and bring a deep meaning to our lives."

Thich Nhat Hanh