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Expanding Opportunities to Heal and Transform with the Addition of Our New Residential Center

We are happy to report the current progress on our community’s endeavor to build Great Cloud refuge. The contractor has been selected, the final plans approved, and we are read to start building our new retreat center as soon as we raise the final funding to make this wonderful project a reality!

When complete, the new Great Cloud Refuge building on our Tampa Center Campus will include: 4,000 square feet for sleeping rooms to house 24-42 people, additional spaces for individual meditation, and flexible gathering spots for meditation or small group meetings. (Please click below to see the attached beautiful architectural renderings for four views of the completed building and landscaping).

We bow deeply to the generosity of every sangha member who has given so far and … we’re almost there! With a final goal of $804,000 we need to raise an additional $202,038 to complete financing and begin building. Further detail on the budget and funding of the project can be found by clicking here.

Please click here to hear our teacher Fred speak about his vision for retreats at the Practice Center and here for a Q&A with Fred.

Envisioning Great Cloud Refuge

We envision Great Cloud Refuge as providing the capacity to offer sleeping accommodations for up to 42 retreatants for a whole range of Dharma activities and study currently limited by our access to outside facilities. Some examples of what Great Cloud Refuge would make possible are:
  • A larger number of 2-, 3-, and 4-day retreats;
  • Individual retreats to explore specific areas of healing and transformation under the guidance of a teacher/mentor;
  • Accommodations for visiting teachers who can offer teachings at the Center;
  • A wide range of mindful living weekend course offerings, e.g. transforming relationships, working with emotions, mindful parenting, mindful leadership, etc., that would appeal to both Buddhist practitioners and the general public, and would contribute to the happiness and well-being of our broader Florida community.

…and other purposes yet to be envisioned.

Informed by the advice of architects, construction experts, and experienced retreat facility managers, we have undertaken a thorough process of assessing how the space can be used to maximum advantage, serving the sangha’s needs for years to come. The result is a lovely 4,000 square foot space that will support our retreat aspirations and both blend with and enhance our current Practice Center campus. Our architect, engineer, and contractor are now securing the necessary permitting to begin the construction, with "shovels in the dirt" expected in early 2018.

Great Cloud Architectural Renderings (Views 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Giving the Gift of Dharma by Supporting the Creation of Great Cloud Refuge

What greater gift can we give to ourselves, the world, and generations to come than the Dharma, with its capacity to transform suffering at the base and bring true happiness into the world! A sangha Capital Campaign Committee, working with the FCM Board of Directors, is leading an effort to raise the needed funds to fulfill our vision of offering retreat space to all who desire transformation.

Please click here for more information about supporting the creation of Great Cloud Refuge.

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