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.

Current and Upcoming Programs

The Center is pleased to offer the following programs. 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 in the Homburg area.

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


Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Types to go deeper into the Inner Journey 

3 Mondays
December 4, 11, 18
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Although many people are familiar with the Myers-Briggs types, not many are familiar with how useful they can be for the Inner Journey, or what we might call “SoulWork.”



Sacred Poetry as Contemplative Practice

December 17, 2017
7:00pm to 8:30pm

In all of the great contemplative spiritual traditions, repeating aloud a sacred verse is a way of opening to the divine indwelling. Sacred Poetry creates a container for individual experience – and group community building.


Introduction to Meditation

6 Fridays
Beginning January 5, 2018
11:30am to 12:30pm

If you’ve wanted to learn how to meditate but don’t know where to start, or if you’d like to receive some instruction and experience the benefits of sitting with a group, please join us for this introductory class on meditation.

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Recognizing Your True Self

5 Tuesdays
Beginning January 16, 2018
6:30pm to 8:00 pm

Often, the first step we take on the spiritual path is a denial of any divinity within. We seek elsewhere. We hope to earn worthiness of future grace. We strive to elevate ourselves above what we now are. This series will explore an alternative approach: learning to recognize our deepest nature.


Ongoing 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.



Centering Prayer

Tuesday Evenings
6:30pm to 7:30pm
On-going Program

Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.


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