Since the time of the Buddha, people have expressed their commitment to follow the Buddha’s teachings and the Buddhist path of practice by taking refuge in the Three Jewels and by receiving transmission of the five Buddhist precepts, or trainings.
Our teacher, Fred, was formally authorized by Thich Nhat Hanh to transmit the refuges and trainings. He will be conducting a Transmission Ceremony at the Tampa Center and via zoom on Sunday morning, March 5, for any FCM members, including teenagers 13 years and older, who wish to formally Take Refuge and receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings. For those seeking this transmission, a required preparatory class will be offered via zoom at two different times: Sunday, February 5, 1:00-2:30pm and Monday, February 6, 6:00-7:30pm.
Taking Refuge means to take refuge in the Three Jewels—the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. By taking refuge we express our trust in our own capacity to awaken, in the path of practice and mindful living, and in the sangha community to provide a refuge of safety, guidance, and support.
In the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, this is expressed as:
I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.
I take refuge in the Dharma, the path of understanding and love.
I take refuge in the Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness.
Further information on Taking Refuge can be found on the FCM website under Formally Entering the Path.
Thich Nhat Hanh has formulated the traditional five Buddhist precepts as The Five Mindfulness Trainings. They provide the basis for living in ways that create happiness and relieve suffering for ourselves and for others. They are not authoritative rules imposed from the outside to be blindly adhered to, but rather guidelines for reflecting on our own aspirations and on our actions and their consequences in order to live a more consciously aware life. The Five Mindfulness Trainings can be found on the FCM website under Teachings.
The preparatory class will provide further explanation of the Three Refuges and the Five Mindfulness Trainings, explore ways they can be manifested in our daily lives and offer opportunities for questions and answers. Registering and attending the class does not obligate you to Take Refuge or Transmission. You are welcome to attend if you are just interested in learning more about these two practices and traditions that are integral to the Buddhist path.
Please note for the Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings:
You must register and attend one of the two classes in order to participate in the Transmission Ceremony on March 5.
The ceremony on March 5 will be the only time the Transmission Ceremony will be offered. To receive transmission, you must be present in person at the Tampa Practice Center or on zoom for the ceremony.
The Transmission Ceremony is open only to members of FCM. Information about membership can be found on the website at this under Becoming a Member Of FCM.
Registration for the preparatory class is open through January 31.
Please register for only one of these classes:
Sunday February 5, 1:00-2:30pm
Monday February 6, 6:00-7:30pm
Teenagers 13 and older who are children of FCM members are eligible to take the Five Mindfulness Trainings at the same time as the adults. Parents, pleaser register for one of the preparatory classes and put your teen’s name and age in the indicated box in the registration form.
Transmission of the Two Promises for Children
The Two Promises are the mindfulness trainings developed by Thich Nhat Hanh for children. Children of FCM members who are in elementary school (grades 1-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) are eligible to receive Transmission of the Two Promises on March 5. If you are interested please contact Karuna by January 31 at Karunaee@gmail.com. The preparation sessions for Transmission of the Two Promises will take place in February during the Family Program, and by zoom, if needed. You will find the Two Promises under the Family and Teen Program on our website.
If you have questions regarding the Five Mindfulness Trainings preparatory class please contact Diane Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.