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Featured Events

The calendar below lists FCM's Featured Events in Tampa and other locations. Please click on an event for more information or to register. Click here to view a calendar of all upcoming FCM events.

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    On Saturday August 24 we will be cleaning our recently adopted section of Sligh Avenue near the practice center.


    You are welcome to arrive at 8:30 am for a guided meditation. Registration and orientation will start at 9:00 am, with clean-up from 9:30 am-11:00 am. We will have a closing circle to reflect on the morning at 11:15 am. 


    Please bring your own refillable water bottle and sunscreen and wear close-toed shoes and a hat! 


    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119
    • 26
    Register

    Please join us for a Half Day Retreat on Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Naples, Florida at the Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119.


    This half day of silence will include a Dharma talk by an FCM Senior Student, Bill MacMillen, and periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one. Extra cushions, as well as chairs, will also be available.


    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Half Day Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer at the Half Day Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


    PLEASE NOTE: We have space limitations and have generally had a waiting list for our Naples Half Day Retreats. Out of consideration for others who would like to attend, please notify us at least 24 hours before the Half Day Retreat if you will be unable to attend so that we can fill the space. Instructions for canceling will be in the confirmation email you will receive when you register.


    Contact name and email for more information - Tony Pollitt,  fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


    Safety Information and Release

    We care deeply about your well being and want to ensure you are able to fully participate in this Event and maximize this opportunity to enrich your practice. We want to ensure you are aware and understand that this Event may include activities that may impose a risk to you, which include, but are not limited, to the following:

    • Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
    • Outdoor walking or other activities
    • Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
    Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.

    Please understand that by registering for this Event, you are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the potential risks involved from participating in these activities. You also release FCM and its representatives from all actions, claims or demands that you, your assignees, heirs and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damages resulting from your participation in this Event.


    Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM
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    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings by Fred, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

     

    For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Daylong Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

     

    Contact name and email for more information - Kevin Conlin, kevinconlin@gmail.com



    Safety Information and Release

    We care deeply about your well being and want to ensure you are able to fully participate in this Event and maximize this opportunity to enrich your practice. We want to ensure you are aware and understand that this Event may include activities that may impose a risk to you, which include, but are not limited, to the following:

    • Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
    • Outdoor walking or other activities
    • Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
    Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.

    Please understand that by registering for this Event, you are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the potential risks involved from participating in these activities. You also release FCM and its representatives from all actions, claims or demands that you, your assignees, heirs and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damages resulting from your participation in this Event.


    Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM
    .

    • 02 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (Fellowship Hall)
    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. Two of our members, Marilyn Warlick and Laura Starkey will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitators. 

    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 or Laura at lastarkey12@msn.com.



    • 04 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 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, September 4, 11, 18 and 25 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:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar began practicing zazen meditation in 1995 and took refuge and the Five Precepts from Gyokoko Carlson in 1996 at the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland Oregon.  Upon moving to Florida with her spouse, and finding the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) she  became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012 and will be ordained in the Order of Interbeing in 2019.  Maria Teresa completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program in 2018 and finds great joy in chanting, serving as bell master, and mentoring. 


    Eleanor Cecil became a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) in August of 2014. She participates in a number of FCM programs including co-leading the Meditation in Recovery Program (MIR) and overseeing Housekeeping.  Eleanor is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Training's in May of 2016 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in August of 2019. 




    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
    Register

    Please join us Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 am to lend a hand with the ongoing transformation and maintenance of our practice center in Tampa. We will begin the day in the meditation hall at 8:30 am with sitting meditation in preparation for our mindful work, which will commence around 9:00 am after 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, for those who may work outside. Snacks and water will be provided.


    General Schedule for Selfless Service Work Mornings:

    8:30am Sitting Practice in Meditation Hall

    8:45 Introduction to Mindful Work & Overview of Mindful Work for the morning

    9:00 Mindful work

    11:00-11:30 Clean up and Tea Together

    Please contact Maria Sgambati with questions (sgambati2012@gmail.com / cell: 202.486.6491)


    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    • 28
    Register

    On Tuesday evenings beginning September 10, and continuing through October 15, the Florida Community of Mindfulness will offer a six-week introductory course, Buddhism: The Basics, at the FCM Center in Tampa. The course is suitable for people with a general interest in Buddhism, as well as for both new and experienced practitioners who want to expand their understanding of the Buddha and his fundamental teachings.


    We will begin with the actual life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, an archetype of a human being awakening to the true meaning and purpose of life. Then we will delve systematically into the fundamental teachings of the “path of awakening” that he promulgated during the course of his nearly forty-five years of active teaching. Finally, we will examine the various practice and meditative paths that have developed within the Buddhist tradition over the past 2600 years.


    Talks will be supplemented by a list of suggested readings.


    Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, September 10th through October 15th at the Meditation Hall of the FCM Practice Center, 6501 North Nebraska Avenue in Tampa. Cost for this six-week class is $60.


    If you have any questions, please contact David Braasch at davidcbraasch@gmail.com  or David Royal at david.royal@gmail.com.     


    Course Facilitators:

    David Braasch’s interest in Buddhism began as a university student in the late 1980s.  He has been a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation with the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he completed a three-year Dharma Transmission Program with Fred Eppsteiner, and has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation and Mindfulness for Educators. David is currently a Senior Faculty member in the English Language Program at the University of South Florida. 


    David Royal has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He recently completed FCM's 3-year Dharma Transmission Program and is involved with Meditation in Recovery.  David works at the University of South Florida and is married with a four year old daughter.





     


    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 58
    Register

    Registration for Retreat 3 Only: Lovingkindness Practices (do not register here if you will be signing up for the full series*)


    Metta, or lovingkindness, is one of the Four Immeasurables, the four aspects of love taught by the Buddha. It is the natural capacity of our heart-mind that views all beings as our friends and naturally seeks their well-being and happiness. Developing this capacity in ourselves brings a strong sense of inter-connection with all life and shows us how to live less egotistically and more harmoniously with others, and creates the basis for happiness and well-being for ourselves. It is an incredibly powerful energy to guide and motivate our lives.


    This retreat will focus on the specific teachings and practices in our tradition that help us cultivate this peerless mind of love. These teachings and practices will be presented with clarity and concreteness through Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues so that they can become on-going life practices each participant can embrace.


    The retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and is appropriate for those who are newer to meditation and to the teachings and practice of Buddhism. The retreat will also be beneficial for experienced practitioners who wish to renew their understanding and practice of these fundamental teachings. The retreat will consist of a Friday evening session (7 to 9 pm) and an all day Saturday session (9 am to 4 pm). Remote (via zoom) participation is available for FCM members who are not able to participate in person. 


    This retreat will be led by Darlene Stewart, LMHC, who retired as Vice President of Clinical Services for Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties, where she worked for 16 years supervising clinical trauma services to child victims and families of abuse and neglect. Before that, Darlene worked as Clinical Supervisor and Mental Health Counselor providing direct services to clients in outpatient mental health centers in Oregon and Florida, working with children & families, alcohol/drug treatment and general mental health issues. Darlene has practiced mindfulness in her daily life and at work since 1997.  


    * This retreat is part of a series of three non-residential weekend retreats on the Entering the Path to Wellbeing: Practicing and Living the Foundations of Mindfulness. The Foundations of Mindfulness teachings will draw upon both the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s teachings on a clear and direct path to emotional wellbeing, and the Buddha’s teachings on living in the world with love and kindness. These teachings are a roadmap for modern practitioners to fully develop the power of mindfulness and awaken the mind’s potential for happiness. While it is not required to attend all three retreats, it will be most beneficial to attend the entire retreat series and a discounted registration cost is available by signing up for the full series (click here to sign up for the series instead of this individual retreat). 


    Safety Information and Release

    We care deeply about your well being and want to ensure you are able to fully participate in this Event and maximize this opportunity to enrich your practice. We want to ensure you are aware and understand that this Event may include activities that may impose a risk to you, which include, but are not limited, to the following:

    • Physical activities such as yoga or other movement activities
    • Outdoor walking or other activities
    • Experiencing emotional states that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar.
    Please reflect on whether you understand this and are really able to participate in this Event.

    Please understand that by registering for this Event, you are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the potential risks involved from participating in these activities. You also release FCM and its representatives from all actions, claims or demands that you, your assignees, heirs and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damages resulting from your participation in this Event.


    Please be aware that we may record or broadcast, or take pictures during this Event. By registering, you grant FCM permission to use your likeness in any and all of its publications if such photographs and/or videos are taken, including website entries and social media platforms and that these materials are the property of FCM
    .

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • 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, September 14.  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 altruistic readings.  Tea and cookies will be available afterwards.


    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. Any expressions of generosity through dana (donations) are greatly appreciated in the begging bowl on the right as you enter the Hall.


    Upcoming Full Moon Dates 

    October 13

    November 12

    December 12.


    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 (Fellowship Hall)

    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 on our members  “Connecting" page which is located under Community>Member Resources>Connecting or through this link. 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.

    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

    Music offers a beautiful way to learn and communicate the Dharma, provides opportunities to share in mindful group practice, and helps to connect us as a community. A monthly gathering to sing and play Dharma-related music will take place on the third Monday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Tampa Practice Center.  We will learn and sing songs and chants from the Plum Village and other Buddhist traditions, as well as appropriate songs from other religions and secular sources. Word and chord sheets will be available. Please contact Rick Ferriss (rfrrazz@gmail.com) if you have any questions.


    The event is open to anyone with a love of music and an interest in the Dharma. No need to register. Drop in once, or plan to come every month!


    Please plan to arrive by 6:55 pm. Latecomers will be seated at about 7:10, but doors will be locked after that.


    *There will be a short, optional guitar / ukulele workshop after the main program from 8:35 - 9:00 pm. You can bring your instruments if you would like to participate. (acoustic only)

    Rick Ferriss has been writing and performing music since the 1970s. He helps provide music for various FCM events and programs, including tea ceremonies, the Family Program, and the Sunday morning Metta Song.


    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • 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 Sunday, October 13.  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 altruistic readings.  Tea and cookies will be available afterwards.


    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. Any expressions of generosity through dana (donations) are greatly appreciated in the begging bowl on the right as you enter the Hall.


    Upcoming Full Moon Dates 

    November 12

    December 12.


    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    On Saturday October 26 we will be cleaning our recently adopted section of Sligh Avenue near the practice center.


    You are welcome to arrive at 8:30 am for a guided meditation. Registration and orientation will start at 9:00 am, with clean-up from 9:30 am-11:00 am. We will have a closing circle to reflect on the morning at 11:15 am. 


    Please bring your own refillable water bottle and sunscreen and wear close-toed shoes and a hat! 


    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 27
    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 Tuesday, October 29 and November 5, 12, & 19 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:

    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.


    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • 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, November 12. 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 altruistic readings.  Tea and cookies will be available afterwards.


    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. Any expressions of generosity through dana (donations) are greatly appreciated in the begging bowl on the right as you enter the Hall.


    Upcoming Full Moon Dates 

    December 12


    • 12 Dec 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • 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 Thursday, December 12. 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 altruistic readings.  Tea and cookies will be available afterwards.


    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. Any expressions of generosity through dana (donations) are greatly appreciated in the begging bowl on the right as you enter the Hall.

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