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FCM Sangha at the Tampa Practice Center

History and Description:

The FCM Sangha at the Tampa Practice Center grew out of seeds planted by Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat in Key West in 1997. Four individuals who attended that retreat followed Thay's instructions to return home and find or create a sangha in their community, which they did, creating Dancing Waters Sangha. The small sangha grew, and soon discovered a marvelous teacher in Naples, Florida: Fred Eppsteiner. Over the years the seedling planted by Thay has blossomed into the lovely FCM Sangha at the new Tampa Practice Center. 


FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604, between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenues. Turn east on Lambright off of Nebraska, then make immediate left into parking lot. Wheelchair access is available.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org

Weekly Sangha: Group Meditation & Dharma Talk

When and Where: The Tampa Sangha meets every Sunday morning from 10:00 am to noon (please try to arrive about 15 minutes early). Please leave shoes, phones, water and other personal items in the Meditation Hall foyer (or in your car). Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.

Beginning at 10:00 am, we practice mindfulness sitting meditation for 30 minutes, walking meditation for about 15 minutes, and then listen to a Dharma talk or participate in a Dharma discussion. We end with time for tea and informal socializing.

Monthly Orientation: A 30-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:15 a.m. in the Lotus Room in the Education Building (no registration required - simply show up). In addition, a two-hour Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation workshop is offered the second Saturday of each month (learn more).

Meditation in Recovery

When and Where: Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm (please try to arrive a few minutes early). Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come downstairs quietly and settle in.

This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


When and Where: Every other Tuesday evening, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lotus Room (Education Building). Check calendar for dates. Remove your shoes in the Education Building entryway (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come quietly down to the Lotus Room (last room on right) and settle in.  

Mindfulness@Work group is for FCM members who wish to deepen their practice of mindfulness in the workplace or around work/job issues.   Work, with its challenges and rewards, presents a unique and wonderful opportunity to apply the Buddhist teachings.  Because work often constitutes more than a third of our waking hours and is a necessity for most, it presents us with a chance to look deeply and practice the fundamentals of mindfulness to decrease suffering and bring joy into the workplace.

Group meetings will consist of a short meditation, reflections on appropriate texts about mindfulness at work, and include the practice deep sharing and listening on mindfulness and Buddhist teachings as they are applied to work/job situations and issues.   Arrive late or leave early as needed.

Wednesday Evening "Relax & Renew"

When and Where: Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in. 

We will practice deep relaxation, loving kindness meditation, and other guided meditations, so please bring a yoga mat or help yourself to an extra sitting mat from the foyer. 

Thursday Evening Extended Meditation & Forum

When and Where: Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.

Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. On the first and third Thursdays, the evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. While meditation is occurring on the first and third Thursdays, Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation.  Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 

On the second and fourth Thursdays, Fred facilitates a “forum" after a sitting period. The forums are targeted discussions on a contemporary topic as seen through the lens of Buddhist thought and practice. Examples of up-coming topics are: sexuality, use of drugs/alcohol, the non-violent life, meat eating and vegetarianism, abortion and right to life, global warming and social responsibility, and money. Fred will be encouraging an intelligent, open, and practical deep looking and sharing on these various topics.

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