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An Appeal from Our Teacher Fred: Please Help Us "Close the Gap"

Dear friend of the Florida Community of Mindfulness,

I am writing to ask you to join me in making a gift to “close the gap” on the final amount needed for the completion of Great Cloud Refuge, our new residential retreat hall.

Last week, the foundation was poured for Great Cloud Refuge. Over the coming weeks, we can expect to see the walls go up, the roof put in place, and in the coming months the interior completed. We hope to begin holding retreats there by Summer 2019.

It is my deepest aspiration that Great Cloud Refuge become an oasis of healing and transformation, where the teachings and practices of Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation can be practiced and realized by all who enter its doors. I am truly grateful for the efforts and generous donations from so many that are making this possible.

As we have moved from the planning stage to the doing stage, the actual costs of building our retreat center have come into clearer focus. Since we began the planning process, construction and building materials costs have increased. As well, there have been unexpected costs related to City of Tampa impact fees and to new fire code regulations.

We are now able to more clearly project what the final costs for this project will be: $872,980. Due to the generosity of so many, 85% of the needed funds have been raised. We now need to raise an additional $138,056. Our community has been blessed to have never incurred debt as we have grown, and thus all our energies have gone into practice/realization and not into endlessly worrying about finances, as so many organizations have experienced. May this continue!

I know that we all share deep gratitude to these peerless teachings and practices that are facilitating our healing and transformation, and also to our community in which so many – members and non-members – find a source of refuge, support, and inspiration in these often trying and divisive times. Thich Nhat Hanh called the sangha ‘a community of resistance,’ meaning it is a place that resists the often toxic and shallow popular culture and values, and shows people a way to live in goodness and harmony with each other and nature.

The practice of Gratitude is an expression of an open and generous heart. At this time of year as we are grateful for all that we have in life, please consider a gift to help close the gap and through the vehicle of Great Cloud Refuge contribute to the ending of suffering in this world and keeping the precious teachings of Dharma alive for generations to come. Whatever your financial ability may be, we can all contribute to the creation of Great Cloud Refuge. May all beings realize the fruit of compassion and understanding!

In the Dharma,


Your generous gift to support this jewel of our community will help achieve the FCM vision:

To create a community, and eventually a world, where principles of loving-kindness, generosity, and selflessness result in global peace, environmental sustainability, and the cessation of suffering for all sentient beings.

Please click here to learn more about the Great Cloud Refuge project.

How to Contribute to Great Cloud Refuge

We are very grateful for all pledges and donations in support of Great Cloud Refuge. To make a pledge,

please contact Jacqulyn Schuett (jacqulynruth@verizon.net, 727-433-3437) or Robbie Tisch (robtisch@comcast.net, 301-806-0459). To make a donation, please choose the way of giving that is right for you and either write a check to FCM or click the donate button below to make an online donation. Your contribution is deeply appreciated by either method, but please note that due to online processing fees, a donation by check (or Bill Pay through your bank) means that FCM receives 100% of the amount that you give.

Your donations allow FCM to offer teachings and programs that foster healing, transformation and awakening for all who come to our Community for practice. 

Donate by Check

If you wish to write a check, please make your check out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness and mail it to:
Florida Community of Mindfulness
6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
You may also use Bill Pay through your bank to make monthly donations to support Great Cloud Refuge. Once this is established, your bank will make recurring monthly payments for the period you specify. When setting up FCM as a payee please use the address above and the telephone number of the center, which is 813-237-0746. Please enter your full name when prompted for your account number.

If you wish to make your gift in honor or memory of someone, please let us know and we will be happy to send a card acknowledging your generosity.   

Donate online by credit card via PayPal

We are able to accept online donations with your credit card via PayPal. Please note that a PayPal account is not required to use this donation option.

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