The Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) offers Buddhist teachings that are relevant to the realities of day-to-day life and lead to personal transformation. FCM provides a variety of educational and practice opportunities to support those who sincerely aspire to cultivate mindfulness, equanimity, compassion, and joyful selfless service to others. While practicing within the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, we take inspiration and guidance from the full breadth of Buddhist teachings. We are creative and experimental in our forms since we desire to be relevant and accessible to American culture, issues, and vernacular. We apply the Buddhist teachings based on their appropriateness to the individual(s) being taught and practice skillfulness in their application.
As an engaged Buddhist community, our understanding and practice of the Buddha’s teachings – the Dharma – has developed organically over the past two decades. The 2600-year old Buddhist lineage offers a deep and rich trove of traditional teachings and meditation practices. Through the interplay of this lineage with the needs, aspirations and aptitudes of our modern western community, a natural unfolding of Dharma practice has evolved.
As the membership of FCM has grown over the past decade, many newer members have not been part of this unfolding. Therefore, to enhance all students' understanding of our collective journey, our teacher Fred Eppsteiner has created the following Study and Practice Guide as a distillation of our community’s practices. An introductory talk by Fred about the Guide can be accessed via this link.
Navigational Tip: While the Guide includes several "Recommended Talks" (audio and/or video recordings, primarily by Fred) for each of the three parts of the path, as further described below, please note that a full menu of all available recordings can be found in "All Dharma Talks." Within that menu are links to summary descriptions for many talks. There is also a link to a sub-menu for the many "Dharma Q&As" that Fred has addressed with students during weekly sanghas over the past several years (find this link at the top of the Mindful Living Path section on page 1 of All Dharma Talks). Finally, we are in the process of adding a sub-menu of recordings of Guided Meditations offered by members of FCM.
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FCM Study and Practice Guide: Healing, Transformation, Awakening