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FCM Winter 2019 Retreat: Mind Training

  • 24 Jan 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 28 Jan 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603

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Florida Community of Mindfulness

Winter 2019 Retreat


Mind Training: How To Use the Thinking Mind to Support Your Transformation (rather than sabotaging it!)


For many meditators and followers of a spiritual path, the thinking mind is often perceived as the enemy.  Our thoughts, we think, are the obstacle to our having a peaceful mind, so like an enemy, we need to get rid of them or overcome them or subjugate them. Thus we enter an endless struggle of control/domination with our very own thinking mind. Yet, there is another way.  The Buddhist tradition of mind training offers us a clear methodology for simply changing the way we think rather than calling us to do battle with our own natural thinking mind; we learn to think and perceive life in an enlightened way rather than the opposite. Right Thinking is one of the eight pillars of the Buddhist path of healing and transformation.


Relying on traditional Buddhist teachings and practices of mind training, Fred will be presenting these teachings and practices with clarity and concreteness so that they can easily become a daily practice each participant can embrace. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. 


The retreat is being held in Tampa, Florida at The Franciscan Center, located on the Hillsborough River. The registration fee covers both room and board (three vegetarian meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Students will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat.


The retreat begins with dinner on Thursday, January 24, and ends after lunch on Monday, January 28. We ask that all retreatants attend the entire time of the retreat; if you cannot arrive by 6 pm on January 24 and stay until lunch on Monday, January 28, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone.


The Franciscan Center has both single and double occupancy accommodations. If you are seeking double occupancy and have someone you wish to room with, please indicate their name when you register. Otherwise, you will be placed in a room with another participant who has requested double occupancy as well. The registration fee for single occupancy is $450 and the fee for double-occupancy is $395. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.


Please note that participation in this retreat is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. While participation in our weekly meditations and Daylong Retreats is open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats. 


Once registration has closed, all members who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat based on creating a balance between newer members and longer term ones; between those whove gone to several or many retreats in the past year and those who havent; between those that live in the Tampa Bay area and those that live in other places.


Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Registrants will receive an email stating either acceptance into the retreat or placement on the waiting list within a few days of the closing of registration.


The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins, including directions to the Franciscan Center and other retreat information.


The last day to register for the retreat is December 12. 



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