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.
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When and Where: The Tampa Sangha meets every Sunday morning from 10:00 am to noon (please try to arrive about 15 minutes early). Come upstairs and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. 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).
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). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter 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.