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    • 07 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    We are happy you will be able to join us to connect and share over dinner. When the registration process is completed after Monday, July 27, you will be notified of your dinner party host, date/time. 


    All dinners will begin at either 6:00 or 6:30 pm and last for about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Please sign in a few minutes early so you are on time for introductions and the meal Gatha. Come to your dinner table with whatever vegan food you want to fix. It could be a whole meal or as simple as a shake, salad, or sandwich.  


    Please select dates from more than one weekend that are open on your calendar. Pencil in these dates on your calendar to hold them available until you are notified with the exact dinner date and time.

      

    Possible dates for Dinner Events:

    Friday  8/7                       Friday 8/14                          Friday 8/21                        Friday 8/28

    Saturday 8/8                    Saturday 8/15                    Saturday 8/22                    Saturday 8/29

    Sunday 8/9                       Sunday 8/16                       Sunday 8/23                       Sunday 8/30


    Please indicate your dinner date choices:

    • First choice
    • Second choice
    • Could attend but not preferred
    • Not available to attend

    Please indicate how many guests will be at your dinner table:

    • 1 guest (myself)
    • 2 guests ( e.g. myself and partner)
    • 3 guests ( e.g. myself, partner and mother-in-law)
    • 4 guests (e.g. myself, partner and two adult children)
    You will receive your dinner party date, time and host by August 3rd.  We look forward to an enjoyable social evening with you!
    • 17 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    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 for FCM members via Zoom are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the third Monday of each month from 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom teleconference. The link for the Zoom line is located on our website in "Resources>Member Resources and Directory>Death Café." Click here to access this page. Remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page.


    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.


    You can drop-in to a Death Café 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 the facilitator, Carol Meyer at revcarol1@earthlink.net.

    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    A Three-Day Online Retreat for FCM Members & Non-Members
    Friday, August 28, 7:00 PM through Sunday, August 30, 4:00 PM


    The Buddha’s teachings tell us that our belief in self as a permanent, solid entity inhabiting a world with other solid selves is a mistaken view of the nature of self. Moreover, our identification with this fictional entity and our concern with protecting and satisfying it is the major source of our dissatisfaction, confusion and affliction. By removing self from the equation, we can cease experiencing our life through the distorting filter of self-absorption and live with greater ease, openness and happiness.


    In this retreat, led by Diane Powell and Bryan Hindert, we will use experiential exercises, reflections and guided meditations to explore and understand how our mind makes everything about “me,” how this contributes to our dissatisfaction and emotional reactivity, and the transformative power of depersonalizing our experience.


    This retreat is appropriate for practitioners at all levels, including both those new to Buddhist practice and longer-term practitioners who wish to re-visit the Buddha’s teachings on the role of self. It is open to both members and non-members of FCM.


    We will begin on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 pm and continue through Sunday, August 30 at 4:00 pm. For those that register, we will be sending a retreat schedule to follow and practice guidelines to help you create conditions in your home to support your retreat. The retreat will include 3-4 Practice Sessions for meditation daily, Dharma talks and instruction, and group sharing, along with "off line" time for meals & rest, outdoor walking, personal practice, and time to take care of essential household tasks and responsibilities. We will also be sending your Zoom instructions prior to the retreat.


    The retreat registration fee is $50. A number of 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.


    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.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat including daily schedules, Zoom instructions and suggestions to help prepare you for a meaningful retreat experience from your home.  For more information, contact Diane at diane.powell2010@gmail.com.



    Registration will close on August 7


    Diane Powell became a student and practitioner of the Dharma after attending a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in Key West in 1997. As a long-time member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, she leads intensives, workshops and classes on a variety of mindfulness topics, serves as a mentor to new members, and presents regularly at FCM sanghas. Before retiring, Diane was a faculty member in Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, where her work focused on research, training, program development and policy analysis in early childhood development and family support.


    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.

    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 26
    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, September 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


    Class Instructors:

    Rev. Diana Fish became interested in mindfulness and meditation in 2012 after reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. After a long career as a professional cellist, she moved to St Petersburg from Washington DC in 2013, joining the Florida Community of Mindfulness where she has been an active member. She was a member of the first Dharma Transmission Program here, is a co-leader for the St Petersburg Sangha of FCM, and is a member of the Order of Interbeing. After graduating from the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, she was ordained as a chaplain and is now an interfaith chaplain at Tampa General Hospital.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and participated in FCM's first Dharma Transmission Program. 

    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

    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 Wednesday, September 2. The event will be from 7:15 – 8:45 pm in the Meditation Hall at the Tampa Practice Center. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us in the Hall shortly before 7:15 pm. 

    • 07 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    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 Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Tampa Practice Center.


    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. As we talk, we will sit together and informally enjoy tea and finger food.

    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 monthly in the comfortable living room area in the Fellowship Hall. 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.
    • 21 Sep 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    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 for FCM members via Zoom are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the third Monday of each month from 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom teleconference. The link for the Zoom line is located on our website in "Resources>Member Resources and Directory>Death Café." Click here to access this page. Remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page.


    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.


    You can drop-in to a Death Café 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 the facilitator, Carol Meyer at revcarol1@earthlink.net.

    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    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 28 and November 4, 11 & 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


    Class Instructors:

    Evelyn Haseman has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness since the late 70’s during which time she lived and worked in a Buddhist retreat center for a couple of years. She has attended numerous Buddhists meditation retreats and is committed to a path of mindfulness. Evelyn met Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) where she facilitates a group for FCM members who are Living with Illness and also serves as Sangha Well-Being lead.


    David Braasch has been a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught and co-taught Mindfulness for Educators and Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation. He is currently serving as Membership Coordinator.

    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

    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 Saturday, October 31. The event will be from 7:15 – 8:45 pm in the Meditation Hall at the Tampa Practice Center. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us in the Hall shortly before 7:15 pm. 

    • 30 Nov 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM (EST)
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

    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 Monday, November 30. The event will be from 7:15 – 8:45 pm in the Meditation Hall at the Tampa Practice Center. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us in the Hall shortly before 7:15 pm. 

    • 29 Dec 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM (EST)
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

    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 Tuesday, December 29. The event will be from 7:15 – 8:45 pm in the Meditation Hall at the Tampa Practice Center. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and other music and altruistic readings. 


    This evening is open to members and non-members and newcomers are especially welcome.  The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us in the Hall shortly before 7:15 pm. 

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

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