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The Perfection of Patience: Transforming Vexation Into Understanding and Equanimity | A Three-Day Retreat

  • 21 Mar 2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • 24 Mar 2024
  • 1:00 PM
  • In-Person Only


Registration is closed

with Fred Eppsteiner

The Buddhist path teaches that true happiness comes about through transforming our mind and its mind states. Essential for our transformation is developing the Perfection of Patience, which allows a deep and profound acceptance of ‘what is’. Founded on a wise and clear understanding of causes and conditions, patience is the unrivaled antidote for neutralizing and preventing us from succumbing to vexatious mind states such as anger, anxiety and all related afflictions, including frustration, irritation, worry, disappointment, confusion, and more.

Under Fred's guidance, this retreat will offer participants the opportunity to truly understand and practice the Perfection (Paramita) of Patience. With the cultivation of patience, the seeds of understanding, acceptance and equanimity have the possibility to flower. 

Who is this for?

This retreat will benefit those who wish to:

  • Nourish the aspiration to cultivate patience, calmness and mental clarity
  • Clearly see and understand the roots of and suffering caused by aversive mind states
  • Cultivate 'right view' and diligence to support the development of patience and acceptance in daily life

What to expect

  • Teachings, guided practices, and inquiry with the teacher on Buddhist wisdom for cultivating the Perfection of Patience
  • 'Off-line' time for meals and rest, outdoor walking, and personal practice
  • Instructions for returning home with a clear understanding of how to continue.

Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all who registered will be considered for acceptance into the retreat. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the retreat within a few days of the closing of registration.

Retreat Logistics

This retreat is in-person only participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center. The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 21 and ends after lunch on Sunday, March 24. Participation is open to both FCM members and non-members.

The fee for in-person participation is $270 for overnighters and $210 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to apply. The deadline for application for this retreat will be February 23. We anticipate that we may have more applicants than spaces available for this retreat, so please understand that this application DOES NOT guarantee you a spot in the retreat. We will notify all applicants by February 27 as to whether or not they have been accepted into the retreat. For those accepted, the balance of the fee will be then be due by March 4, otherwise the spot will be given to another applicant. Please click here to read FCM's Retreat Cancellation Policy.

Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage. All retreat dana will go towards supporting the retreat teachers.

The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants once registration is closed.

Retreat Leader
Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.

For more information, please contact Angie at

Florida Community of Mindfulness, Tampa Center
6501 N. Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

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