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    • 30 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
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    “Meet all beings with a gentle expression.”

    ~Zen Master Dogen


    We would all like to enrich our communications, but in particular, most of us seek greater skill in dealing with those difficult, unsatisfactory dialogues in our lives. You know these situations: there isn’t a meeting of the minds, and one or both parties leave the encounter feeling compromised, unresolved, or even angry. If left unresolved, these situations fester and can unnecessarily damage a relationship.


    Using mindfulness, compassion and wisdom, we can heal those difficult communications and move toward a more satisfying relationship. In this workshop we will learn and practice the process of 'ATTUNE', specifically with respect to difficult relations. ATTUNE includes the following steps:


    1. Aspire– being aware of my aspiration for this difficult relationship

    2. TurnToward – becoming present to what is happening in the moment  instead of becoming lost in the voices in my head - my stories and beliefs - particularly when irritation and other afflictive emotions are arising

    3. Understand - gaining deeper understanding of both this person who I sometimes consider to be the cause of my difficulties AND myself

    4. Nourish – listening deeply in a way that helps the other to feel truly heard and valued

    5. Express – using language that is honest, appropriate, coming from a place of goodwill, and with an intention to benefit both of us.


    The workshop will include meditations, instruction, and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    The workshop will be held online via Zoom from 9:00 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 30. The cost is $40, with a reduced rate available for those needing financial support. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leader

    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.



    • 01 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Beginning the week of June 1st, Fred will offer a four-week class to FCM members on The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, a classic Mahayana mind training text composed by Dharmarakshita, who was a teacher of Atisha, a Buddhist master instrumental in bringing many of the Bodhisattva practices to Tibet in the 11th century. A traditional text from the Indian Bodhisattva tradition, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is considered one of the primary sources of the mind training or Lojong (Tib.) tradition. Teachings on relative and absolute Bodhicitta, turning adversity into the path of awakening, tonglen, and karma are to be found within.

    The class will meet twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm for four weeks. During each class, Fred will be primarily providing direct commentary on many of the verses to help participants understand and integrate what is being read. There will also be an open forum  with Fred each week on Saturday morning from 8-9 am, which is recommended but not required, and will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the text and practices recommended within it.


    The only required reading will be The Wheel of Sharp Weapons and there are several no-cost translations to be found online, as well as several commentaries by modern Tibetan teachers. Fred suggests that you take a look at the text before registering, so you will have an idea of the subject matter. Fee for this four-week class is $40 and teacher Dana is at the discretion of each student.


    Registration closes on May 29th.


    Classes:  5:30-6:30 pm

    Week 1:   June 1 and 4

    Week 2:   June 15 and 18

    Week 3.   June 22 and 25

    Week 4:    June 29 and July 2

             

    Forums:  8:00-9:00 am

    Week 1:   June 6

    Week 2:   June 20

    Week 3:   June 27

    Week 4:   July 4

    • 04 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Welcome to our Everyday Simple Vegan Cooking classes. We are so glad you will be joining us in our kitchens to share easy vegan recipes. 


    The classes are scheduled for three Thursdays in June. We will start promptly at 10:00 and finish at 11:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes early so you will be ready for our starting bell and gatha. 


    Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 4, 18, and 25.


    Our menu for each cooking class is listed below:

    • Evelyn Haseman’s kitchen on Thursday, June 4, Vegan BBQ Black Bean Sandwich with Coleslaw
    • Rosy Sedhain’s kitchen on Thursday, June 18, Red Lentil Dahl, Tomato Achar Salsa, Napali Potato Salad
    • Brandy Kidd’s kitchen on Thursday, June 25, Tacos and Gazpacho Soup

    We will be sending you reminders for each class which will include the Zoom information and the vegan recipes we will be using. Please contact Evelyn Haseman at evelynhaseman@gmail.com with any questions.


    We look forward to sharing these simple vegan dishes with you.

    • 07 Jul 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 28
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    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Sgambati has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh's for more than 15 years.  Since moving back to Florida in 2013, she has been studying with teacher Fred Eppsteiner.  Maria is a member of the Order of Interbeing with the Dharma name True Unfolding Fulfillment, a current student in the Dharma Transmission Program and serves as the FCM Resident Caretaker.


    David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught and co-taught Mindfulness for Educators and Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He is currently serving as Membership Coordinator.


    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    In our modern age, many of us find ourselves suffering in various ways due to our relationship and involvement with digital media. Now, with COVID-19, quarantines, and stay-at-home orders in place, constant digital media stimulation, endless screen time, and over-consumption of information has become the new norm for many. With so much screen time, sufferings such as burn-out, anxiety, and feeling imbalanced have become even more prevalent in our lives. From his very first Dharma talk on the Four Noble Truths, The Buddha taught that if we truly want to free ourselves from our suffering, we must first look deeply in order to understand the nature and the causes of that suffering. Only then can we skillfully create changes which will remove the suffering and bring about well being.


    In this online workshop, we will look deeply in order to understand what is really going on in our relationship with digital media and the suffering that arises from it. Bryan will offer reflections and guided meditations to help us look into our own experience in order to see how the use of this technology is conditioning our minds and to uncover the underlying, and often unconscious motivations and misperceptions which drive and motivate our behavior. Bryan will also offer teachings and practices from the Buddhist tradition which will strengthen our ability to keep our minds nourished and fresh throughout the day, strengthen awareness of our behavior and motivations, and empower us to transform our conditioning around technology.


    Bryan Hindert has been following the Buddhist path since 2008, when a strong desire to make changes in his life and to develop a better relationship with his mind drew him to the Florida Community of Mindfulness. This path has helped Bryan to transform his life in profound ways and continues to be a source of guidance, support, and joy in all of his endeavors. In addition to helping to develop and lead Wake Up Tampa Bay, a mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s and 30s, Bryan has served by teaching classes and presenting on mindfulness and on Buddhism, leading intensive practice periods, and serving as the Assistant to the Teacher.



    • 29 Aug 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 26
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    The afflictive emotion of anger – including the range of emotions from low level irritation, frustration, resentment and jealousy to full blown rage – is one of the most destructive forces we face as human beings. This is true of anger experienced in our personal lives as well as societal anger that wreaks so much havoc upon people everywhere.


    We have each acquired our own personal anger patterns due to our conditioning in life; we certainly don’t consciously choose to be irritable, resentful or angry. Thus, we can be gentle and understanding of ourselves as we are today, while at the same time knowing that with mindfulness we can create new conditions that will help to uproot anger and bring more joy into our lives.


    Buddhist psychology offers much wisdom for working skillfully to transform anger through the practices of mindfulness and the cultivation of understanding and patience. These teachings have proven beneficial for over 2600 years in helping individuals to uproot anger and experience more joy in their lives. 


    In our workshop we will explore the following fundamental principles essential for loosening the knots of anger, including:

    • What is anger?
    • The destructiveness of anger and how it has manifested in our lives
    • The sources and causes of anger
    • Is anger ever useful?
    • Using understanding to unknot anger and cultivate patience
    • What to do when anger has already arisen in the mind

    The workshop will include instruction, reflections and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 20. The cost is $75. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Workshop Leaders


    Betsy Arizu has been interested in Buddhism for over 30 years as a counselor and artist. Her formal study began in 2011 when she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner and a practicing member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. In 2015 she was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing, a community of lay and monastic practitioners established by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn. She leads mindfulness workshops for educators, psychologists, school and mental health counselors and social workers. 


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program. Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016.




    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
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    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


    Class Instructors:

    Diana Fish became interested in mindfulness and meditation in 2012 after reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. After a long career as a professional cellist, she moved to St.Petersburg in 2013 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness where she has been an active member and a student in the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program.  Diana recently completed a Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center and is now an interfaith chaplain intern at Tampa General Hospital.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and  a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program.  Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016. 

    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply.  It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.  


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, October 28 and November 4, 11 & 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


    Class Instructors:

    Evelyn Haseman has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness since the late 70’s during which time she lived and worked in a Buddhist retreat center for a couple of years. She has attended numerous Buddhists meditation retreats and is committed to a path of mindfulness. Evelyn met Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) where she facilitates a group for FCM members who are Living with Illness and also serves as Sangha Well-Being lead.


    David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught and co-taught Mindfulness for Educators and Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He is currently serving as Membership Coordinator.

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6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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