October 4 – December 20
In Buddhist teachings, the path of the heart is equal to the path of meditation/wisdom as a basis for happiness and wellbeing. For these three months we will focus on the cultivation of an open, accepting, kind, and compassionate heart through the study and practice of the Four Immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
These four “divine abodes” show us what the human heart is capable of, and by practicing them we can uncover the natural qualities of our own heart. We can learn to live with an openness that feels connection and friendliness towards all beings, rejoices in their happiness, and desires to alleviate their suffering. We will practice meditations to cultivate these qualities in our mind, and through consistent mindfulness we will bring them into our daily life of relationship, work and interaction with others.
Participants in this Intensive will be provided readings and assigned weekly meditation and daily life practices. Bi-weekly group mentoring video-conference calls will provide individual guidance and support. Four Dharma talks by senior students Bill Mac Millen and Diane Powell will be offered. In addition, Fred will offer a Forum to answer questions and interact with participants. All meetings will be on Zoom. An Intensive Practice page on our website will be made available to registrants for Intensive materials and assignments.
This Intensive is offered as an FCM Mindful Living Path (MLP) Program. MLP programs provide the foundational practices of mindfulness, meditation and mindful living. They are designed for beginning, renewing and strengthening practice, deepening the path of personal healing and transformation, and providing the strong foundations for further Dharma study and practice. A detailed description of the Three Paths of Practice can be found on the FCM website, www.floridamindfulness.org under Programs/Paths of Practice. Reviewing the Three Paths of Practice can be helpful in deciding which of the upcoming Intensives may be most suitable and beneficial for you. FCM members may also wish to consult the Three Paths of Practice Self-Assessment Questionnaire, which can be accessed via this link. (Be sure to log in to the website first to access this link.)
Please note that participation in this Intensive is open only to members of FCM. For information on membership on our website, please click here.
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.
- Complete the Intensive assignments.
- Regularly attend weekly meditation, daylongs, and retreats during the Intensive, as possible. Offerings especially relevant to this Intensive are the Tuesday evening “Meditations for an Open Heart” and the monthly “Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion Meditation”.
Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:
- Be present for the Dharma Talks (via Zoom) on October 4, November 1 and 22, and December 20, all from 6:00-7:00 pm.
- Participate in your assigned bi-weekly Mentor Group (via Zoom).
- Be present (in-person or on Zoom) for the Forum with Fred on Sunday, December 5 from 12:30-1:45 pm.
Registration is open from September 6 – 20. To ensure that you register on time, you may want to register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.
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.
REGISTRATION PROCEDURES: Please read the information below before you click to register.
Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through Zoom. The following six mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to rank 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.
Mentoring Group #1: Mondays at 7:30 a.m.; October 11 and 25, November 8 and 29; December 13.
Mentoring Group #2: Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.; October 12 and 26; November 9 and 30; December 14.
Mentoring Group #3: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.; October 12 and 26; November 9 and 30; December 14.
Mentoring Group #4: Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.; October 13 and 27; November 10; December 1 and 15.
Mentoring Group #5: Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.; October 13 and 27; November 10; December 1 and 15.
Mentoring Group #6: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.; October 14 and 28; November 11; December 2 and 16.
If you have any questions about this Intensive or whether it is appropriate for you, please contact Bill MacMillen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Powell at email@example.com.
Please register by September 20!