Meaningful Life Center is a special place in Knoxville, TN that welcomes anyone interested in exploring and discovering a personal and unique path to a fulfilling and meaningful life. The Center’s workshops and activities are designed to support each person’s journey toward that goal. Please come in and explore.

Introducing Meaningful Life Center


“Know Thyself”

For thousands of years, the world’s wisdom traditions have affirmed that there is more to life than the everyday things on which we spend much of our time. In ancient Greece, the quest for wisdom was exemplified by the frequent admonition of Socrates: “Know Thyself.” He went further, saying, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Two thousand years later, this current was still going strong in the Western world, with the great mathematician, physicist, inventor, and philosopher Blaise Pascal saying, “It is an extraordinary blindness to live without investigating what we are.”


Find Your Own Way

Meaningful Life Center participants explore, study, and discuss the components of a meaningful life and consider what is most important for their own lives in light of the guidance of a range of ideas from philosophy, psychology, science, art, music, literature, poetry, and the world’s wisdom traditions and practices.

By providing resources, encouragement, and support, the Center helps participants know themselves well enough to discover what a meaningful life might look like, and it facilitates each person’s ability to find such a life for themselves.



During the past 20 years, several hundred people in East Tennessee, ranging in age from 25 to 80, have participated in workshops given by David White. These workshops, which in the past were known by word of mouth only, are the starting point for the Center.

The goal now is to provide access to these programs (and others being developed by past participants), to anyone who might be interested. By establishing a physical home for the Center, as well as a non-profit organization to manage its activities, it is hoped that a community will grow and develop with the purpose of nourishing the personal growth of all who participate.

Summer 2017 Programs

The Center is pleased to offer the following programs for the Summer of 2017. Programs are open to anyone interested in such explorations. There is no fixed fee for programs, but each participant is asked to make a donation to the Meaningful Life Center. All programs are held at the Knoxville home of the Meaningful Life Center which is located at 116 Carr Street.

For more information or to register, click on the links to the programs listed below:


Introduction to The Quest for Meaning

Saturday, August 5
9:00am to Noon

This is an introduction to workshop to be held in the Fall.

Exploring the Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey is for Men and Women in Mid-Life Who Are Asking, “What’s Next for My Life?”

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Introduction to The Third Half of Life

Monday July 17
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This is the introduction of the workshop to be held in the fall.

A Workshop for Men and Women as they Approach and Pass that Amazing Milestone of 60 Years
Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.
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Introduction to Sacred Reading

Monday, July 24
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Learn about and experience one of the most powerful spiritual practices ever developed.


The Value of Surrender and Forgiveness

Monday, July 10
6:30pm to 9:00 pm

Both surrender and forgiveness are powerful tools with which we can change ourselves and change our lives.



The Heart’s Intelligence

Tuesday Evenings
6:00 to 8:00 pm
4 weeks beginning July 11

A Path to Personal, Social and Global Coherence

Become conscious of the power of your heart by taking part in an interactive experience, building techniques that lead to personal, social and global coherence.


Inspirations for Life’s Journey as Presented in Movies
Presented by Valerie Taylor

Wednesday Evenings – Movies begin at 6:30pm
6 weeks beginning July 12

Join us as we look at films that inspire us along life’s journey. We’ll take a look at a different film each week and discuss how it represents the inner journey toward a meaningful life. Join us for any or all of our movie nights.


An Afternoon of Mindfulness

Saturday, September 16
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Take this opportunity to stop the hectic momentum of your life and refresh yourself.


On Going Workshops

These workshops are offered weekly, year-round. New comers are welcome to join at anytime.


Meditation for Experienced Practitioners

Friday Mornings
10:00 to 11:30 am
On-going Program

Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that life brings. The group is intended for those who have some experience in meditation, whether they have practiced with other groups or mostly on their own.


Lovingkindness Reflection

Saturday Mornings
10:00 to Noon
On-going Program

The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness Meditation helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.


We’re located at 116 Carr Street, Knoxville, Tennessee

For general information about the center we can be contacted by –

Phone: 865-333-5833 or

Lending Library at The Meaningful Life Center

A unique assortment of books has been assembled to enhance the ideas and programs of the Center – to be loaned, free of charge to participants in the Center’s programs.  A list of books in our collection can be viewed here – Lending Library

Reactions to the Workshops

It is common for many religious institutions to take a stance of “We are right and others are wrong.”  I find the workshops offered at The Meaningful Life Center offer the message, “We are all wrong in our assumptions in how the world works, and we need each other to figure it out.”  This humble perspective makes all the difference. The Center helps people join arms in unraveling the mystery of how to live a life full of meaning, love and joy.

Chris – 10 workshops attended

“To say that these workshops will change your life hardly does the experience justice.  They are transformative in a way that is unique.  You find space and perspective in the difficult questions of how to live your life”

Bobby – 4 workshops attended

” It is a place for introspection and reflection.  In the Spring and Fall I feel that I need that and the Center’s Workshops provide a safe place for me to share this experience”

Judith – more than 30 workshops attended

“I like that they cause me to set aside a systematic time and space to reflect rather than prescribe.”

Ronda – 20 workshops attended

“The activities of the Center help me to create an open space.  I feel as if we make connections here  that transcend the way I feel about my social circle.   Its like our life is a box of Legos and we each get to put them together how we want.  The workshops help me discover how I want to assemble the pieces of my life”.

Valerie – 10 workshops attended