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Dharma Path Fall 2018 Intensive | Seeing Clearly: The Path of Dharma, A Three-Month Practice Intensive

  • 01 Oct 2018
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Dharma Path Fall 2018 Intensive

Seeing Clearly: The Path of Dharma, A Three-Month Practice Intensive

October 1 – December 17, 2018

 

“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.” --   The Buddha

 

Our practice of mindful living helps us to be less unconsciously tossed about emotional afflictions and negative habit energies, more grounded and sure-footed in daily life, and more stable and open in our relationships. It provides a solid foundation for embarking upon the path of transformation and awakening, a life of meaning and purpose.

However, mindful living and mindfulness meditation are not enough to free us from our historical conditioning and misperception of what’s actually occurring in our reality. Without clear seeing and correct view, we will continue to be “asleep,” misinterpreting reality and making choices and decisions based on distorted thinking and emotional confusion. We will continue to suffer as we are endlessly tossed about by the forces of our habit energies and self-centered interpretations and projections.

The teachings of the Buddha – the “Dharma” - offer us a path that leads out of this suffering and to awakening and liberation. For more than forty years after his own awakening, the Buddha gave many wonderful teachings to help students develop both wisdom and compassion, the essential foundations for this awakening. For over 2600 years, these teachings have been transmitted and expounded upon by realized beings, right up to the present day.

 

In our “Seeing Clearly: The Path of Dharma” Intensive that begins October 1, we will step onto this wonderful spiritual path together to explore the following:

  • What it means to be on a spiritual path, including taking refuge, finding and working with a spiritual teacher, and living an altruistic life.
  • How one re-orients from the conditioned, worldly perspectives that cause suffering into the direction of the Path of Dharma, in particular through practices such as the Mind turnings and the Immeasurables.
  • The foundational teachings of the Buddhist path: We will introduce and reflect on core teachings, from the Four Noble Truths to the Three Marks of Existence, and more.

This intensive is considered an entry point to the Dharma Path and is open to those who have previously participated in a Mindful Living Path or Dharma Path Intensive with FCM, or with permission from the intensive leaders, Ken and Angie.

 

Participants in this Intensive will be provided with a path of practice that will include mentoring, readings, meditation practices, and daily living assignments. Dharma talks by the senior students leading the Intensive will be offered through Zoom video-conferencing. Mentoring by senior students will be offered in small groups (mentoring groups)  also using Zoom video-conferencing. You will be asked to indicate your preferences for available meeting times of your mentoring group when you register for the Intensive, so please have your calendar handy before you click to register.

 

Peer group meetings, offered in-person or by Zoom, will provide an opportunity for participants to share and provide mutual support to each other.  For this Intensive, peer groups will be on an optional, drop-in basis. Finally, Fred will offer a Forum in Tampa to answer questions and interact with participants. The Forum will be live-streamed so that those in other locations can participate.

 

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.    Minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive

2.    Participate in your assigned bi-weekly video-conference mentoring group

3.    Be present for the Zoom Dharma Talks

4.    Be present for the Forum with Fred, in person or by livestream

5.    Read all Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive

6.    Attend all the practice periods of your Sangha during the Intensive, as possible

 

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 one’s individual practice of Dana and one’s  financial situation. You may pay on-line when you register, 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.

 

This Intensive will begin on October 1st and end on December 17th. Readings and Zoom teleconference/phone call instructions will be announced once registration has been completed. Dharma texts to be read will be announced once registration has been completed.

 

Registration will close on September 14th. To ensure you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

Please read the information below before you click to register.

 

Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through Zoom. The following 11 mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following:

  • my first choice
  • my second choice
  • could do but not preferred
  • cannot do.

If there is more than one group that will work well for you, please mark all these as “my first choice.” This will provide us with added flexibility in making group assignments. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately.


Group #1: Tuesday 8:00-9:00 am Oct 9 & 23, Nov 6 & 20, Dec 4

Group #2: Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 am Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11

Group #3: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm Oct 16 & 30, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11

Group #4: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am Oct 10 & 24, Nov 7 & 21, Dec 5

Group #5: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12

Group #6: Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 pm Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12

Group #7: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Oct 10 & 24, Nov 7 & 21, Dec 5

Group #8: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Oct 17 & 31, Nov 14 & 28, Dec 12

Group #9: Thursdays 8:00-9:00 am Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 (Nov 22 to be reassigned), Dec 6

Group #10: Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm Oct 18, Nov 1, 15 & 29, Dec 13

Group #11: Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm Oct 11 & 25, Nov 8 & 14, Dec 6

  

Choices for optional Peer Groups: Fort Myers, Naples, St. Petersburg, Tampa, or by Phone. For Tampa only, please indicate your preferred meeting time (Sundays at 8:40-9:40 am or Sundays at 12:45-1:45 pm). Please indicate all the choices that you would be able to attend.


Intensive Leaders

Ken Lenington has had a meditative practice in various traditions starting in 1970. He was drawn to the Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hanh) tradition in the 1990s and began practicing in that tradition with a sangha in 2003. He met Fred Eppsteiner at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in 2004 and has been his student since then. Within the FCM he has mentored new members, OI aspirants, and Intensive participants over the course of several years. He retired in 2015 from his work as a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, which included utilizing mindfulness and meditation both with patients he worked with as well as teaching other mental health professionals. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is active with the local Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha and also leads a mindfulness practice group.


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 now serves as Executive Director of FCM and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes, including being a Qualified teacher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. 

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