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Welcome to "Buddhism: The Basics"

A six-week Introduction to Buddhism course offered by the Florida Community of Mindfulness. 
Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, September 12 - October 17, 2017 in the Meditation Hall of the FCM Practice Center, 6501 North Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.

On this page you will find the course outline, a lis of suggested readings, and any other relevant information.  

We look forward to exploring the Buddha, his teachings, and the various Buddhist traditions and practices with you.   Please look over the information below and if you have any questions, please contact Betsy Arizu at barizu@yahoo.com.

We will begin with the actual life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, an archetype of a human being awakening to the true meaning and purpose of life. Then we will delve systematically into the fundamental teachings of the “path of awakening” that he promulgated during the course of his nearly forty-five years of active teaching. Finally, we will examine the various practice and meditative paths that have developed within the Buddhist tradition over the past 2600 years.


Course Outline


Below are links to Course Suggested Readings and Suggested Readings by Week. Please know you are not expected to read all or any of them. The course will be comprehensible and complete without any of the readings, but any you do read will supplement the talks and deepen your understanding of the material.

Course Suggested Readings

Suggested Readings by Week

This course will be taught by:

Betsy Arizu became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2010 with an interest in Buddhism as both a personal spiritual practice and as a methodology for helping others heal and transform.  She is an active member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, participating in the Order of Interbeing, the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program, President of the Board of Directors, and Community Care Leader.  She enjoys leading classes on Buddhism, Mindful Living, and Relationships as a Path for Healing and Transformation. As a former educator and school counselor she also leads mindfulness workshops for educators, psychologists, counselors and social workers.

Maria Theresa Jaureguizar began her Buddhist  practice in 1994 with Gyokuko Carlson at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon.  In 2011 she found a home with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner.  She is active in the Order of Interbeing (OI) as an aspirant, OI council member and  a student of the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program. She enjoys sharing time with sangha friends and  helping others by leading classes in meditation and mindful living. She currently works in the senior services field with county government.

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