March 1 - May 24
“There are many great sutras, but approaching them without this sutra is like trying to reach the top of the mountain without a path to go on.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
This Spring’s Mindful Living Path Intensive will return us to a foundational teaching and practice of our tradition. One of the oldest teachings of the Buddha relates to using the breath to develop mindfulness and concentration, leading to insight, in order to calm and stabilize the mind, and to develop equanimity and serenity. These teachings are presented in the Full Awareness of the Breath Sutra (Anapanasati Sutta). This sutra offers 16 specific meditations to facilitate the practitioner’s capacity to realize the fruits of these teachings in their consciousness and in daily life. Much ground is covered in these exercises, so to keep our practice focused, we will be working exclusively with the first 12 meditations. Working sequentially with each of these meditations, this Intensive will be an opportunity to develop a calm, stable, and joyful mind, and to consciously bring these practices into our daily interactions and activities in order to transform our lives.
Please note that participation in this Intensive is only open to members of FCM. For information on membership on our website please click here.
If you have any questions about this Intensive or whether it is appropriate for you, please contact Bill Mac Millen at email@example.com or Robbie Tisch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration will be open from January 26 through February 10.
To ensure that you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.
Participants in this 12-week Intensive will be provided with a path of practice that will include a mentor, readings, and assigned weekly meditation and daily life practices. Together we will be hearing the teachings, reflecting on the teachings, and practicing the teachings. Bi-weekly group mentoring Zoom calls will provide individual guidance and support. Four Zoom Dharma talks by senior students Bill Mac Millen and Robbie Tisch will be offered to participants. In addition, Fred will offer a Zoom Forum to answer questions and interact with participants. An Intensive Practice page on our website will be made available for Intensive materials and assignments.
The two texts that we will use for this Intensive are:
Commitments for each Intensive participant:
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:
Study & Practice:
- Spend a minimum of 30 minutes daily in formal meditative practice, study, reflection, and/or other practices related to the Intensive.
- Read the Dharma text portions assigned for the Intensive.
- Regularly attend weekly meditation, daylongs, and retreats during the Intensive, as possible.
Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:
- Be present for the Dharma Talks (via Zoom) on March 1, March 29, April 26, and May 24, all at 6:30-7:30pm.
- Participate in your assigned bi-weekly Mentor Group (via Zoom).
- Be present for the Forum with Fred (via Zoom) on March 28, 12:30-1:45 pm.
The fee for the Intensive is $100. This is a suggested amount and participants are free to offer more or less depending on their individual 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.
This Intensive will begin on March 1 and end on May 24. Specific readings, group assignments, and Zoom instructions will be announced once registration has been completed.
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 6 mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following:
o my first choice
o my second choice
o could do but not preferred
o 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.
Mentoring Group #1: Mondays at 7:30 a.m.; March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19; May 3 and 17
Mentoring Group #2: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20; May 4 and 18
Mentoring Group #3: Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.; March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19
Mentoring Group #4: Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.; March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19
Mentoring Group #5: Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.; March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20
Mentoring Group #6: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20