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Dharma Path Fall 2017 Intensive | The Practices of a Bodhisattva

  • 02 Oct 2017
  • All locations


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(Please Note: Registration for the Intensive closes on September 22.  If you plan to register, please do so now or mark the closing date in your calendar.)

Dharma Path Fall 2017 Intensive

The Practices of a Bodhisattva

October 2 – December 18

“What great good fortune it is, and how comforting to the mind, that there is still such a thing as bodhicitta!  In times like these, even to hear of the idea of it is almost inconceivable. Yet here we have in our hands a manual that can actually teach us how to practice it and thereby lead us to Buddhahood.”   -Jigme Khyentse

Those whose life is informed by the desire for liberation from an existence of narrow self-centeredness, constricted emotionality, and underlying dissatisfaction in order to better connect to, understand, love and bring only goodness to their fellow beings are called bodhisattvas.  Bodhisattvas cultivate bodhicitta, the seed of understanding and love that lies dormant within each of us. This way of living taught and modeled by the Buddha and the endless stream of awakened beings is called the Path of the Bodhisattva or the ‘path of the awakened and compassionate warrior’.

There is no better introduction to the living path of the bodhisattva than the eloquent and insightful poem/text, The Bodhicaryavatara, by the great eighth century Indian Buddhist, Shantideva. The Fall 2017 Dharma Path Intensive will continue our study of this text, focusing on the final four chapters. Participants in the Intensive will use the text and commentaries as a manual for the basic practices of the bodhisattva and as the model/guide to our participation in the ageless stream of beings that have consciously made the bodhisattva path their guidepost to awakening and living an enlightened life of purpose and meaning.

This intensive will begin October 2 and continue through December 18. Supportive activities for this Intensive will include Dharma Talks by Fred, participation in bi-weekly, small-group video forums with Fred, and assigned readings.  Dharma texts to be read will be announced once registration has been completed. The commitments for this Intensive are listed below. Before registering for the Intensive please read the commitments and reflect carefully on whether you will be able to keep them.

Commitments for each Intensive participant

  1. The commitment to a minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice and/or other practices related to this intensive.
  2. The commitment to participate in bi-weekly small group video forums with Fred during the intensive.
  3. The commitment to be present for the phone Dharma Talks.
  4. The commitment to read Dharma texts that will be assigned to participants.
  5. The commitment to attend all the practice periods of your Sangha during the Intensive, as possible.

Please note that this Intensive is open only to FCM members who either participated in the Winter/Spring 2017 Dharma Path Intensive or have obtained Fred’s permission.  For information about FCM membership, please access our website at www.floridamindulness.org.

There is a suggested donation of $100 associated with this Intensive. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation. You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.


Please read information below BEFORE you click to register!

Please also note that we are implementing some changes in registration this fall designed to simplify the process of organizing intensives.  When you register, you will be asked to indicate your preferences for the required bi-weekly, small-group zoom forums with Fred.  The following six small groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following: my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately and do not need to request a change after submitting your registration.  *Note that participants in the fourth Group #3 forum designated below as Nov 23 (Thanksgiving Day) will be rescheduled to participate in another forum after registration closes.  There will not actually be a forum on Thanksgiving day.

Group #1:  Wednesday mornings at 7:30am on Oct 11, Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22, and Dec 6

Group #2:  Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm on Oct 11, Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22, and Dec 6

Group #3:  Thursday mornings at 7:30am on Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 23*, and Dec 7

Group #4:  Wednesday mornings at 7:30am on Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, and Dec 13

Group #5:  Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm on Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, and Dec 13

Group #6:  Thursday mornings at 7:30am on Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30, and Dec 14

Registration will close on September 22.  Please be sure to register by this date.  For the past several years the number of people requesting to join the Intensive after registration has closed has been increasing. Late registrations greatly increase the workload for Intensive organizers. Thus, out of consideration, and to ensure your acceptance into the Intensive, we are requesting that you either register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.

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