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Buddhism | The Basics with Ken Lenington and Betsy Arizu (OL)

  • 08 Aug 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online


  • There is no fee for Sustaining Members of FCM as that level of membership fee includes all classes and workshops.

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Three Saturdays: August 8, 15, & 22
9:30 am
12:30 pm

Have you wondered why many Americans are finding the Buddha's teachings so relevant to the personal, interpersonal and societal issues of today? Why is there a growing interest in Buddhist psychology, philosophy and meditation techniques in the United States?  How might Buddhism support and harmonize with other philosophical, psychological and spiritual traditions?

On three Saturday mornings in August, the Florida Community of Mindfulness will offer an online introductory course, Buddhism: The Basics, led by FCM Dharma Leaders, Ken Lenington and Betsy Arizu. The course is suitable for people with a general interest in Buddhism, as well as for both new and experienced practitioners who want to expand their understanding of the Buddha and his fundamental teachings.

We will begin with the actual life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, an archetype of a human being awakening to the true meaning and purpose of life. Then we will delve systematically into the fundamental teachings of the path of awakening that he promulgated during the course of his nearly forty-five years of active teaching. Finally, we will examine the various practice and meditative paths that have developed within the Buddhist tradition over the past 2600 years.

Classes will be held online Saturday mornings 9:30-12:30, August 8, 15, and 22. The cost for this course is $60.  The course is open to both FCM members and nonmembers.

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy at  or Ken at .


Betsy Arizu has been a student of Fred Eppsteiner and part of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2011. She became a member of the Plum Village Tradition Order of Interbeing in 2015. With an aspiration to practice the Buddha Dharma and be of benefit to others she is involved at FCM in leadership, mentoring and as a presenter of various classes, intensives and workshops including meditation and mindful living, relationships as a path of transformation, mindfulness and emotional healing, freedom from the inner critic, and Buddhism: The Basics. She currently serves as Dharma Rain area leader working with the Dharma Teacher on the oversight of FCM Dharma programs.   She is an artist, educator and counselor. 

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. 

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6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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