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Beginning Anew: New Year's Ceremony and Celebration

  • 01 Jan 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 E. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604


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Beginning Anew: New Year's Ceremony and Celebration

FCM members and their families and friends

In the Buddhist tradition, the passing of an old year and the beginning of a new one is celebrated in a sacred manner.  We take stock of the past year, our life and relationships, our activities and endeavors, and make a sincere inventory of the actions of our body, speech and mind. Then, symbolically freeing ourselves from the baggage of the past year, we start the New Year with renewed focus, motivation and inspiration. Rather than celebrating the New Year by numbing and clouding the mind, we begin anew, renewing our commitment to awaken to the richness and beauty of life’s fullest potential and joining together to celebrate our connection with each other as a community.

We invite you to start the New Year with us on January 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. for ceremony, refreshments and celebration at our Tampa Practice Center. We warmly welcome and encourage those of you outside the Tampa Bay area to join us this year in Tampa. Please contact Jan, our Bed & Breakfast coordinator at jkernis@gmail.com for assistance in finding accommodations at a member’s home.

Ceremony: We will begin at 1 pm with sitting and walking meditation. This will be followed by guided meditations and rituals to acknowledge the passing of the year, to facilitate a "letting go" of the past, to renew ourselves in the present, and to focus our intentions for the future.

Potluck/Refreshments: Following the ceremony we will continue to celebrate our connection with each other with light refreshments and warm friendship. Please bring a vegan "finger food" (sweet or savory) as a light snack or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.   Suggestions by last name: A-I savory; J-R sweet: S-Z drinks. 

Be-In Celebration: Following our social time and refreshments we will meet again in the Meditation Hall for a Plum Village style Be-In. The Be-In is an opportunity to enjoy musical performance, skits and other theatrics!  Selfless service teams and Sangha practice groups (Sanghas in St Pete, Naples, Family & Teen Programs, Spiritual Friends Groups, etc.) are invited to perform, as well as other musicians/performers within the Sangha.  We ask that Be-In performance themes celebrate "practicing together" and/or "selfless service" at FCM. If your group would like to perform in the Be-In please contact Maria Teresa at j.emm.tee@gmail.com.  Please plan to join in this community expression of togetherness and joy, either as performer or audience, or both!

Please register online for this event. This year, our ceremony/celebration is open only to FCM members and their families and friends. When you register, please include the names of any family or friends who will be attending with you.

For more information please contact - Jacqulyn at jacqulynruth@verizon.net or 727-433-3437.


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