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Our calendar lists weekly sanghas of FCM at the Tampa Center and in Naples and St. Petersburg, including the teaching schedule for our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner. In addition, it lists other FCM-sponsored events including classes and workshops, Days of Mindfulness, retreats, and special activities. Please click on an event for more information or to register (for all events other than weekly sangha).


Upcoming events

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Renaissance Montessori School 37 Barkley Circle Fort Myers, FL 33907

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
    • 26
    Register

    Please join us for an FCM Member Forum with our Teacher on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


    The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


    If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


    While this event is free and open to all members, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the forum, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


    For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Rivercrest Park, 4802 N. Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33603 (Located along the Hillsborough River at N. Boulevard and Osborne Ave. in South Seminole Heights, Tampa)
    Register

    Please join us for a morning of music and walking meditation in nature with Sister Ocean on Saturday, March 23. We will begin at 10:00 am with a circle of songs in the Plum Village tradition at Rivercrest Park located along the Hillsborough River in South Seminole Heights in Tampa. Look for a Buddhist flag or FCM banner around which we will gather. We will then enjoy mindful walking meditation together around the park, and end the morning with more songs.

     

    Please bring your own water, hats and sunscreen--and guitar if you would like to join in the music-making! Children are welcome, as are dogs on leashes.


    Sister Ocean is a Buddhist nun ordained in the Plum Village tradition. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she received novice ordination in 2012 and full ordination in 2016. From 2015 - 2017 she lived at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York. Currently she is living as a monastic ln Vermont. She is a musician and a poet, and has been writing the Mindful Living series for Buddhist Door Global since 2013.


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • House of Yoga, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., at US 41 and Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    House of Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Renaissance Montessori School 37 Barkley Circle Fort Myers, FL 33907

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • House of Yoga, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., at US 41 and Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34108
    Monthly Orientation

    A one-hour orientation for newcomers is offered the last Sunday of each month at 5:00p.m. Please contact naples-meditation@floridamindfulness.org , if you plan to attend.

    House of Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • House of Yoga, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., at US 41 and Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    House of Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 01 Apr 2019
    • All locations

    On April 1, 2019, we will commence a program based on the study and practice of the major Mahayana Sutras. This FCM offering is for experienced members, especially those who participated in last year’s Wisdom Intensive.  It is for those who have a strong enthusiastic interest in plumbing the philosophical and psychological depth of the Buddhist teachings, a keen intellect, and a significant degree of self-discipline. This will be a course of study that Fred will oversee and guide, but it will primarily rely on the self-direction of the student.  We will be reading specific sutras plus commentaries where available.  


    The focus will be on some of the most profound of the Mahayana sutras, e.g. Prajnaparamita (Heart and Diamond), Lankavatara, Surangama, Vimalakirti, and others. While this study program will not have a strong meditative component, Fred expects that participants will maintain the meditative practices of their Intensives of choice. As Judy Lief observes, Dharma study is not simply about acquiring information; it is a process of transformation and deep reflection.

     

    Sutra Studies Objectives:

    1. To learn how to read, contemplate, and practice the sutras
    2. To gain familiarity with some of the key Mahayana sutras
    3. To understand how to incorporate what you are learning into your practice/life
    4. To build a learning community within FCM dedicated to studying the Buddhist sutras and other teachings found within the corpus of historical Buddhist teachings

    Format:


    The layout and methodology of the Sutra Studies Program will be more similar to a masters level academic program than to a traditional FCM Intensive.  Fred will not be offering regular Dharma talks per se. Each month students will be assigned readings and practices, participate in a facilitated small peer group discussion, and then participate in a one to two-hour Colloquium with Fred.  After cultivating the ground with reading, practice, and peer discussion, the Colloquium will be an opportunity for teacher/student transmission though questions, discussion, and other inquiry and practice. 

     

    As this program will not emphasize a strong meditative component, Fred’s expectation is that students participate in a Dharma or Wisdom Path Intensive concurrently with the Sutra Studies Program. The suggested approach to the one-hour study and practice commitment of the Sutra Studies and the one-hour study and practice commitment of Intensive is a balanced combination of one to two hours of meditation, study, and other practices per day.  

     

    The total length of the Sutra Studies program will be two or more years. For practical purposes it will be divided into parts and focus on one or more sutras at a time.  In Part 1 we will study  the Heart and Diamond Sutras which are both part of the Prajnaparamita body of teachings.

     

    Part 1 : The Heart & Diamond Sutras

    • April 1 -  August 30, 2019.
    • We will begin with the Heart Sutra , one of the most profound and beloved of the classical Mahayana scriptures, especially in the Zen tradition.  Then we will study the Diamond Sutra.

    Commitments:


    Study & Practice:

    • Spend a minimum of one hour daily in formal study, reflection and meditation, and/or other practices related to these studies.
    • Read the assigned Dharma texts.
    • Regularly attend weekly Sangha and Days of Mindfulness (Daylong Retreats) to maintain your meditation practice and support your community.

    Participate in Colloquiums & Peer Study Groups:

    • Participate in your assigned monthly study group, in person or via Zoom.
    • Be present for monthly Colloquiums with Fred, in person or via Zoom.

    Cost and Registration:

     

    To participate in the Sutra Studies Program, please register.  After the registration deadline of March 15 you will be notified as to your acceptance into the program, after review by Fred. You may then purchase the first three required books and begin reading before we formally begin April 1. Feel free to contact Christina (202-203-0855 or ciwalker520@gmail.com) or Betsy (813-765-3860 or barizu@yahoo.com) with questions.  The cost of the first five months, Part 1: The Heart and Diamond Sutra is $120.


    Readings Planned for the Heart Sutra Include:


    Required

    The Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lamas Heart of Wisdom Teachings (2005)

    The Heart Sutra: Translation and Commentary, by Red Pine (2005)

    The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh (2017)

     

    Suggested

    The Heart Attack Sutra, by Karl Brunnholzl (2016)

    The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra, by Mu Soeng (2010)

     

    Readings for the Diamond Sutra will be announced at a later date.

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (Fellowship Hall)
    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Tampa Practice Center.

    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.

    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life. As we talk, we will sit together and informally enjoy tea and finger food.

    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. Two of our members, Marilyn Warlick and Laura Starkey will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitators. 

    The group will meet monthly in the comfortable living room area in the Fellowship Hall. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!

    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com or Laura at lastarkey12@msn.com.



    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Renaissance Montessori School 37 Barkley Circle Fort Myers, FL 33907

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete (no registration required - simply show up). 


    The Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete is located at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701


    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    Please join us Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 am to lend a hand with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. We will begin the day in the meditation hall at 8:30 am with sitting meditation in preparation for our mindful work, which will commence around 9:00 am after an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. Snacks and water will be provided.


    General Schedule for Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    8:30am Sitting Practice in Meditation Hall

    8:45 Introduction to Mindful Work & Overview of Mindful Work for the morning

    9:00 Mindful work

    11:00-11:30 Clean up and Tea Together

    Please contact Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell: 202.486.6491)


    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Twenty-six hundred years ago, the Buddha’s teachings showed that the way in which people think and behave contribute to their happiness or unhappiness. He also laid out the means by which negative patterns can be changed and positive ones encouraged. These teachings are the core of Buddhist psychology. While subsequent generations of Buddhists have developed them further, the essence of Buddhist psychology remains the same. Deceptively simple on the surface, it offers not only a deep understanding of human behavior, but also an effective means of change.


    In this workshop, following a general overview of Buddhist psychology, we will explore:

    1. how it is a positive psychology, seeing all beings as intrinsically pure or unmarred and having the goal of increasing personal happiness;
    2. how our misunderstanding of the nature of reality is the root of our suffering; and
    3. how the teachings help us identify and transform problematic habits of the mind

    This workshop will meet the needs for both laypeople and professionals to deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology.


    Workshop Instructors


    Diane Powell, Ph.D.,  became a student and practitioner of the Dharma after attending a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in Key West in 1997. As a long-time member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, she teaches workshops and classes on a variety of mindfulness topics, serves as a mentor to new members, presents regularly at FCM sanghas, and assists with organizing FCM’s Dharma programs. Before retiring, Diane was a faculty member in Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, where her work focused on research, training, program development and policy analysis in early childhood development and family support.


    Sharon Miller, Ph.D., is a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of Buddhism. Previously Director of Family Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, she is now in private practice. She finds the clinical application of Buddhist psychology invaluable.



    * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 4 hours.


    Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure

    Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.


    Questions? E-mail us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.





    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • FCM Tampa Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Monthly Orientation

    A 45-minute orientation for newcomers is offered the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Lotus Room in the Education Building at the FCM Center in Tampa (no registration required - simply show up). 

    The FCM Center in Tampa is located at 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue (between Hillsborough and Sligh Avenues).
    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Tampa Center (Education Building)
    Register
    The Family & Teen Program is held during Sunday Meditation at the Tampa Practice Center for  FCM members' children. We generally schedule the program twice a month.  See our Calendar for dates. 


    We have programs for each of these three age groups during Sunday Mediation.  

    • Lotus Buds (0 to kindergarten)
    • Dharma Buds (grades 1-5) 
    • Sangha Teens (grades 6-12)

    Registration for the 2018/19 School Year

    If you are a member, and would like your children (or grandchildren) to participate in the program, please register for the 2018/19 school year (or portion of it that is left.) You only have to register once for the school year.


    Want more Information?

    Please visit our web page .


    Want to Visit?

    If you are a new member or considering membership and would like to have your child visit the program contact: Karuna at family-program-coordinator@floridamindfulness.org


    The Family & Teen Program is committed to fostering mindfulness, understanding and compassion in the lives of our children and their families by providing a safe and mindful environment with activities inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition.

    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • House of Yoga, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., at US 41 and Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    House of Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Renaissance Montessori School 37 Barkley Circle Fort Myers, FL 33907

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Katy Shields, katyshieldsartist@gmail.com

          
    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • House of Yoga, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., at US 41 and Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    House of Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Renaissance Montessori School 37 Barkley Circle Fort Myers, FL 33907

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices


    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Pete

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please Visit St. Pete Sangha for more information.

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    Every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the Tampa practice center meditation hall (please try to arrive about 10 minutes early). Enter and remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer. Enter the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    Our teacher Fred leads this weekly extended evening meditation, which is open to all. The evening will consist of two 35-minute sitting meditation periods, with formal walking meditation in-between. These extended meditation periods offer students the opportunity to deepen their practices of mindfulness, concentration and insight. 


    While meditation is occurring Fred offers private interviews in the Center's downstairs Interview Room to FCM members (those who have become Fred’s students) - please visit Membership for more information. Interviews are conducted in the Zen “dokusan" tradition – going alone to visit the teacher. No advance sign-up occurs for interviews; instead, students line up at the back of the meditation hall and the personal interviews unfold, one following the other, as time permits. The length of each interview may range from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the situation. Dokusan pertains to issues that arise in the student's personal meditation practice and their life experiences of integrating the teachings into their daily life, not with intellectual or theoretical matters. 


    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Friday Sunrise Meditation


    When and Where: Every Friday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am at the Tampa practice center meditation hall. Remove your shoes in the Meditation Hall foyer (please leave phones, water and other personal items in the foyer or in your car), and come into the Meditation Hall quietly and settle in.


    You are welcome to join us in silence anytime between 7:00 to 8:00 am for the Sunrise Meditation, where we will sit for 30 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and sit for another 30 minutes. The meditation will be totally in silence.



    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa

    All are welcome to join us Friday mornings for our weekly Selfless Service work days to help with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. For those who may work outside, please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them, for those who may work outside. A light breakfast will be provided. No registration is necessary. Please feel free to come when you can and leave when you have to.


    General Schedule for Friday Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    7:00am-8:00am - Sunrise Meditation
    8:00am-8:30am - Light breakfast provided by FCM 
    8:30am -10:15am - Work meditation

    10:15-10:30am - Closing circle

     

    Please contact Candace Watson (cwatson1@tampabay.rr.com) or Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell:202.486.6491)


    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa
    Wake Up Tampa Bay is a  mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s & 30s. We meet every other Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Meditation Hall to practice sitting and walking mediation as well as to share about our engagement with the practices of mindfulness and the Buddha's teachings in our lives. 


    Please feel comfortable coming late and leaving early as needed. Afterwards join us for tea and snacks.


    There is no charge for this event.


    Location: Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center: 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604


    *All Wake Up Tampa Bay events are alcohol, drug, and animal product free. Everyone in their 20s and 30s are welcome, but we ask that all who come do so with a clear mind and an open heart. Please leave cynicism and offensive speech at the door, and if you are intoxicated, we ask that you wait for another time to join us.
    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 22
    Register

    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 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 14. 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. 


    Andrew Rock took refuge as a Buddhist in 2003, and has been an active member of Florida Community of Mindfulness and student of its teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2005. He is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and has led numerous workshops and programs at FCM. Andrew is a co-founder of the Buddhist Climate Action Network, and also practices within the Earth Holders Sangha of the Plum Village community.




    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
    • 33
    Register

    Please join us for an FCM Member Forum with our Teacher on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


    The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


    If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


    While this event is free and open to all members, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the forum, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


    For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings. Please visit Tampa Sangha for more information.

    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • House of Yoga, Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., at US 41 and Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34108

    Weekly mindfulness meditation and teachings.  Please visit Naples Sangha for more information.


    House of Yoga Studio is located at Peacock Court, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples, Florida 34108. Peacock Court is across U.S. 41 from Barnes & Noble. Wheelchair access is available.


    • 23 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCM Tampa Center, Main Meditation Hall

    This weekly meditation group is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.

     

    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.

     

    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.

     

    • 23 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Renaissance Montessori School 37 Barkley Circle Fort Myers, FL 33907

    Midweek Mindfulness offers a supplement to the Naples Sunday Sangha. We practice silent meditation for 30 minutes; walking meditation for 15 minutes; sharing of personal mindfulness practice experiences and Dharma discussion of a reading or teaching for 45 minutes.

     

    Contact:  Anne Kracmer, alkracmer@comcast.net239-826-1557

    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
    • FCM Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    Qigong is Chinese yoga and meditation that involves gentle but surprisingly effective ways of moving and caring for the mind and body. It uses low-impact exercises drawn from Daoism, Buddhism, traditional Chinese health practices, and even Asian martial arts traditions. Sessions include 50 minutes of simple warm-up exercises and short movement forms to stretch and condition the body. Appropriate for beginners and people with more experience. This class currently meets on Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 6:50 at the FCM Practice Center. 

    This class is led by Steven Geisz. Steve is a Certified Full Instructor in the Healing Tao qigong system of Mantak Chia, a student in the multi-year qigong-teacher-training program of Ken Cohen, and a 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 500).

    There is no charge for this class, but donations are gratefully accepted. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.
    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa 33604

    Wednesday Evening
    Meditations for Mindful Living


    We aspire to enjoy our life and our relationships with others. To be fully present to ourselves and those around us and to live life with ease and awareness. Yet, we often find that our daily life is just opposite. Lost in our thoughts and our personal dramas, we miss the beauty and simplicity of our life and relationships.  Instead of enjoying the roses in life, we remain lost the endless spinning of our minds.


    We need to transform how we relate to life and mindfulness is a powerful tool to accomplish this goal.  It will facilitate a profound shift that will enable us to stabilize our minds, meaningfully ground ourselves in everyday reality and can be used to heal the psycho-emotional wounds that we may carry within us from our past.  The practice of mindfulness, of learning how to be fully present, focused and aware of what’s going on in and around us right now, is the practice that allows this transformation to occur.


    Wednesday evening meditations for mindful living, based on the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition, are designed to help us build a daily life that is grounded and stable with greater clarity and ease.   


    Teachings
    Mindfulness: Learning to live in the present moment; cultivating a happy, peaceful mind “here and now”
    Emotional healing: the dangers of spiritual by-passing
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Five Mindfulness Trainings


    Practices
    Sitting, body/breath, walking mindfulness meditation
    Deep relaxation
    Mindful communication
    Working with stress, afflictive emotions and difficult mind states
    Mindfulness practices for daily life, including work and relationships


    Who Will Benefit?

    Everyone is welcome, including members & non-members;
    People who have taken “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation” classes;
    People on the Mindful Living Path of the FCM developmental path for Dharma practice and personal transformation;
    Experienced practitioners who want to go deeper in the core practices