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    • 30 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
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    Weather Cancellation


    Mindfully Creating is a monthly workshop exploring the joys of mindfulness employing the many facets of the arts, including poetry and words, music, dance, visual arts and non-traditional media. The intention of Mindfully Creating is to open doors of Dharma through mindful creative expression.


    Open to all, Mindfully Creating, encourages trust in personal discovery and the ability to express it. Everyone is encouraged to be curious and courageous, valuing the mindful experience more than what they produce.


    Materials will be those commonly found around your house. Please join the Zoom call with everything you need 10 minutes before the class so that you have time to settle before we begin.


    Beth Schroeder, founder of CAWM, is a lifelong artist and former Arts in Healing coordinator for Naples Healthcare System. She has been practicing Buddhism since 1997, when she took the 5 Precepts with Thich Nhat Hanh at the Omega Institute. She has been a student of Fred and member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2003.  

    • 04 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    How do we bring the practice of mindfulness and the Buddhist ethical view (right action) into the practical challenges that we all face in our lives? Into our relationships, workplace, societal engagement and more?


    The application of these teachings in our daily lives will be the focus of this weekly discussion, guided by our teacher Fred and senior members of the community. Together, we will explore how we can act ethically, wisely and with ease in this turbulent world of ours. In these discussions we can share our views and experiences and, where appropriate, respond to each other using mindful speech and listening. These discussions are intended to be a lively give and take of members sharing how they apply their practice in their lives and where they are stuck.


    We encourage everyone who is in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information is found on our homepage where it says Weekday Meditation.






    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    • 22
    Register

    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas.


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.

    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person and online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    David Braasch has been a student of mindfulness and meditation at the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015. He has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Buddhism: The Basics, and Mindfulness for Educators. David is currently Senior Faculty in the English Language Program at USF, where he regularly runs workshops, classes and training on mindfulness for students and teachers.


    Nina Hatton has been a member of FCM since January, 2017. She took refuge in the Five Mindfulness Trainings in In Plum Village in July, 2003, and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing in Plum Village’s first online OI ordination in May, 2021. Nina has participated in numerous intensive and retreats, a Spiritual Friends group, Death Cafe, an FCM listening circle on racism, and has recently facilitated an FCM book club discussion group. She is deeply appreciative of having found FCM and her teacher Fred, and is enthusiastic about being of service to others along the path.


    • 05 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online (FCM members)

    Please note: FCM Members can access the Death Cafe web page and the Zoom links by clicking here.


    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.


    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. One of our members, Marilyn Warlick will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitator. 


    The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!


    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com.

    • 08 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 10 Oct 2022
    • Online (FCM Members)
    Register


    October 10 - December 19, 2022


    We are starting a Fall session for the Dharma Buddies Program October 10  -December 19. FCM members have found this program a great way to help us daily set and remember aspirations and intentions with support from a buddy. 


    Many of us set our aspirations and intentions in January as New Year’s resolutions, but our habit energy can take  over and we forget them as time passes. Setting our aspirations and intentions is a practice which focuses on how we  want to live our lives. It helps guide us and align our worldly actions with our inner values. 


    Fred, our teacher, has asked us to “buddy up” with each other to deepen our aspirations and intentions throughout the year and to support each other in our intensive classes. A Dharma Buddy is someone whom you check in with daily and share your intentions for the day with a short email, text, or call.  Many participants simply send a short text daily which is not time consuming and helps to keep the process going. You can respond to the intention with a thumps up or a short comment of encouragement.   


    Past participants have shared how the expectation to contact their buddy each day motivated them to spend time each morning clearly setting their intention for the day. Other participants have mentioned that the Buddy program resulted in making a new spiritual friend.  


    Intensive participants will be paired with someone in their current intensive once registration is completed on September 27. But you don’t have to be in an intensive to participate. You may also request a specific buddy. In that case, both buddies should send an email to evelynhaseman@gmail.com in addition to registering for the Dharma Buddies Program. 


    It is recommended that after you are paired with your Dharma Buddy you schedule time to get to know each other and share your aspirations and intentions before starting with your daily connecting. This first contact may be in-person, on the phone, or on Zoom.  


    Please note that participation in the Dharma Buddies Program is open to only members of FCM. There is no fee for this opportunity to “buddy up”. Registration ends on Friday, September 30


     If you have any questions, contact me at evelynhaseman@gmail.com


    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    How do we bring the practice of mindfulness and the Buddhist ethical view (right action) into the practical challenges that we all face in our lives? Into our relationships, workplace, societal engagement and more?


    The application of these teachings in our daily lives will be the focus of this weekly discussion, guided by our teacher Fred and senior members of the community. Together, we will explore how we can act ethically, wisely and with ease in this turbulent world of ours. In these discussions we can share our views and experiences and, where appropriate, respond to each other using mindful speech and listening. These discussions are intended to be a lively give and take of members sharing how they apply their practice in their lives and where they are stuck.


    We encourage everyone who is in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information is found on our homepage where it says Weekday Meditation.






    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, October 15 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Molly and Bill

    • 18 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    How do we bring the practice of mindfulness and the Buddhist ethical view (right action) into the practical challenges that we all face in our lives? Into our relationships, workplace, societal engagement and more?


    The application of these teachings in our daily lives will be the focus of this weekly discussion, guided by our teacher Fred and senior members of the community. Together, we will explore how we can act ethically, wisely and with ease in this turbulent world of ours. In these discussions we can share our views and experiences and, where appropriate, respond to each other using mindful speech and listening. These discussions are intended to be a lively give and take of members sharing how they apply their practice in their lives and where they are stuck.


    We encourage everyone who is in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information is found on our homepage where it says Weekday Meditation.






    • 25 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    How do we bring the practice of mindfulness and the Buddhist ethical view (right action) into the practical challenges that we all face in our lives? Into our relationships, workplace, societal engagement and more?


    The application of these teachings in our daily lives will be the focus of this weekly discussion, guided by our teacher Fred and senior members of the community. Together, we will explore how we can act ethically, wisely and with ease in this turbulent world of ours. In these discussions we can share our views and experiences and, where appropriate, respond to each other using mindful speech and listening. These discussions are intended to be a lively give and take of members sharing how they apply their practice in their lives and where they are stuck.


    We encourage everyone who is in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information is found on our homepage where it says Weekday Meditation.






    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, October 29 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Molly and Bill

    • 05 Nov 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 08 Nov 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 12 Nov 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    In this day-long retreat, Guo Gu will introduce two distinct methods of Chan Buddhism and bring them together as an embodied approach to love and freedom. The retreat includes 30-minute sitting meditation periods punctuated by mindful yoga and walking meditation, and will end with an opportunity for Q&A. This one-day retreat is open to all, and is held in-person at the Florida Community of Mindfulness in Tampa, FL, and will be streamed on Zoom.


    Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center, the founder of the socially engaged intra-denominational Buddhist organization, Dharma Relief, and a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. He studied under the late Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years, nine of which as his attendant monk and most senior and closest disciple. He is the author of The Essence of Chan (2012), Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (2016), and Silent Illumination (2021).


    Please note that the fee for this one day retreat has been set intentionally low to make access possible for all. Please pay when completing this registration, as there is a hall capacity limit that we need to observe. Any dana that you may offer in addition to the fee will help to support Guo Gu's teaching and Chan community in Tallahassee.


    Registration for In-person attendance closes September 25.


    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 20 Nov 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Fred Eppsteiner


    Description

    This four-day retreat will focus on teachings and practices taken from the Buddhist text, The Seven Verses (or Points) of Mind Training. These mind instructions focus on showing us how – even in the midst of great uncertainty in our world – our minds can be retrained to manifest lovingkindness, compassion and understanding in all the activities of our daily life. The transformation of adversity into the path of awakening is an especial focus of these mind trainings.  


    We will use the retreat environment to practice more deeply various slogans or verses that show us how to cultivate an enlightened attitude in all circumstance. Examples include:

    • Drive all blame into one (egocentricity)
    • Be grateful to everyone
    • Always have the support of a joyful mind
    • Don’t think about the affairs of others
    • Work on the stronger disturbing emotions first
    • This time practice the important points

    As usual, this will be a silent retreat. Fred will be presenting these teachings and practices with clarity and concreteness so that they can easily become a daily practice for all participants to embrace. The silence of retreat affords us the opportunity to deepen our meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices being presented.


    This retreat is appropriate for individuals who have previous experience with the mind trainings and those new to them. It is open to persons (member and non-members) who have attended a retreat with FCM or another Buddhist group in the past. First time retreatants should first attend one of FCM s weekend retreats, such as the upcoming Miracle of Mindfulness weekend retreat in December.


    Logistics

    For in-person participants (including both overnighters and commuters), the retreat will begin with orientation and dinner at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 17 and end after lunch on Sunday, November 20. Online participants will join the retreat at 7:00 pm on November 17 and end at noon on November 20. 


    The fee for online participation is $90. FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. 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.


    The Retreat Coordinator will be sending additional information to registrants closer to the retreat start date, including at-home practice guidelines and Zoom information.


    The last day to register is Thursday, November 10.


    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.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Kevin at kevinconlin@gmail.com.

    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 07 Dec 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 09 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Dec 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • In-Person
    • 29
    Register

    Bryan Hindert and Maria Teresa Jaureguizar


    The Miracle of Mindfulness

    An Introductory Weekend Meditation Retreat


    Description

    In our modern world, we have countless ways to stay busy, informed, entertained, and otherwise distracted from the moment we wake up until we go to bed at night. We can easily spend our entire day completely disconnected from our actual experience and unaware of what thoughts and mind-states we are cultivating throughout our busy days. If we do have a moment to stop, we may find that we feel uneasy, agitated, bored, anxious, stressed, in despair, or otherwise uncomfortable in our bodies and our minds. 


    Luckily, as so many people throughout the world are discovering, there is another way. Through what the beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh called, “The Miracle of Mindfulness,” we can learn how to be at ease in the present moment. We can learn to use our minds in a way that nourishes our well-being and helps us to feel whole again. Through cultivating mindfulness of the body, breath, and mind, we can learn to develop peace within ourselves and to enjoy the simple experience of being alive.  


    In this two-day Introductory Retreat, participants will learn mindfulness and meditation practices that calm and nourish the body and mind. There will be both formal instruction as well as off-the-cushion” practice in areas such as walking, eating, mindful movements and work meditation. There will be periods of Q&A and deep sharing within a setting that is mostly silent, offering participants the opportunity to retreat from digital devices and other distractions that so often clutter our minds and cover the natural spaciousness that lies beneath the noise.”


    This retreat will be beneficial for both newcomers to meditation and more experienced mindfulness practitioners with an interest living with more ease in the present moment. 


    Logistics

    This retreat is being offered in-person only to be of most benefit to participants.


    FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.


    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Friday evening, December 9, followed by dinner at 5:45 and the opening session at 7:00. The retreat will end on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 pm. This registration is an application for in-person participation, so no payment is accepted at this time. We will contact you after registration closes to either let you know that an in-person spot is available or if not. Full payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    The fee for in-person participation is $160 for overnighters and $120 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to register. The deposit is fully refundable through December 20, after retreat acceptances have been relayed. We will contact you after registration closes to either let you know that an in-person spot is available or if not, to ask if you wish to participate online. The balance of payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. 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 theyve 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.


    The Retreat Coordinator will be sending additional information to registrants closer to the retreat start date, including at-home practice guidelines and Zoom information.


    The last day to register for this retreat is November 15.


    Retreat Leaders

    Bryan Hindert has been following the Buddhist path since 2008, when a strong desire to make changes in his life and to develop a better relationship with his mind drew him to the Florida Community of Mindfulness. This path has helped Bryan to transform his life in profound ways and continues to be a source of guidance, support, and joy in all of his endeavors. In addition to helping to develop and lead Wake Up Tampa Bay, a mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s and 30s, Bryan has served by teaching classes and presenting on mindfulness and on Buddhism, leading intensive practice periods, and serving as the Assistant to the Teacher.  


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as Community Care Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, spending time in nature, and going for walks with family, friends, and pets.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Bryan at bbhindert@gmail.com.

    • 07 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM

    Save the dates for this sound retreat with the Roshis. More information will be posted soon.

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

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