Intensives offer a wonderful opportunity to deepen practice and broaden knowledge in a variety of aspects of Buddhist practice. Some Intensives are aimed at beginning practitioners; others offer more advanced study. All will support you in solidifying new habits of happiness and awareness in your life.
Practitioners within the Florida Community of Mindfulness are laypersons who live in the world, and as such, have the usual responsibilities of work, family, and community involvements that limit capacity to attend extended retreats away from home. Thus, periods of Intensive practice provide many of our members with opportunities they desire to deepen meditation practice, and the quality of their lives without leaving home.
FCM Intensives are specially designed programs, that begin two or three times a year, and last for two to six months. Each Intensive has a theme, such as "Deconstructing the Myth of Self", or "Developing Compassion in Daily Life", or it may follow a specific teaching of the Buddha, such as the "Sutra on the Full Awareness of the Breath", or Shantideva's "The Way of the Bodhisattva". Still other Intensives will help you look deeply at a personal habit, thought pattern, or behavior, on which you may wish to shine the light of mindfulness and awareness.
To help students understand and absorb the Intensive teachings, monthly conference calls are conducted with all participants, beginning with talks by Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner, followed by an opportunity to ask questions of him. All Intensive practice periods require a sincere commitment to increased daily meditation, the study of prescribed texts, and consistent participation in sangha activities and study groups, by phone or in person, in order to bolster learning and practice. Fred is a constant support to our efforts.
In order to participate in an intensive it is not essential that you reside in a city in Florida, or that you are always able to practice with one of our local sanghas. Nevertheless, intensives are offered to FCM members only. Please visit our membership page
to learn how to become an FCM member.