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    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In her book, A Vow-Powered Life, Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays points out that aspiration and vows arent really so mysterious or rare. When we look at the world through the lens of vows we see them everywhere. The food we eat, the chair we are sitting on, the house we live in are all manifestations of vows made by people who have set out with clear goals and intentions to grow food, design furniture, build houses, etc. In fact, all the innovations and progress made by humanity over time are the result of vows.


    In this workshop we will learn to identify, formulate and maintain vows so that we can use them to channel our energy, fuel our lives and help us manifest our heart s deepest aspirations.


    There is no fee for this workshop. It is an offering of appreciation by the Florida Community of Mindfulness to all who wish to live their lives through conscious intention.

     

    Please register so that we can send you Zoom links and resources that will support your experience of the workshop.

    • 26 Jan 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EST)
    • 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 Thursday, January 28. The event will be online 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 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 online on the Sangha Line (links below) 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


    • 29 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Instructions and supplies on how to prepare will be in your confirmation email. Because participants are sequestering at home, 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.  

    • 31 Jan 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM (EST)
    • Online

    SAVE THE DATE


    Members and friends of the Florida Community of Mindfulness are invited to join in an online community update and installation of sangha leaders. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 31. 


    Although the pandemic of 2020 brought about many challenges, our teacher and sangha leaders responded with an expanded menu of online meditations, classes, retreats and more. Our foundation of selfless service has allowed FCM to remain strong and vital while supporting many people in their practice throughout this past year. 


    This update is intended to highlight and celebrate these shared benefits and to offer a look ahead as envisioned by our teacher, leadership council and board of directors. Those serving on the leadership council and the board will also be installed as part of the program.


    This event will take place on FCM's Sangha Line. The Zoom links for this line are as follows.


    Video Link -  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

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


    If you have not previously practiced online with FCM, please click here to review Zoom Tips and Etiquette.


    • 01 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In today’s fast-moving world we are facing the daunting issues of the Covid pandemic, economic and racial injustice, the violent storming of the Capitol, climate change, and more. Even so, is it possible for us to cultivate happiness?  A happiness steeped in clarity, wisdom and calm that will allow us to live with a personal sense of well-being and help us to be effective in helping others and making positive changes in the world? 


    In this 4-week study and reflection program our focus with be on the ideas presented by Matthieu Ricard’s in his book, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. We had originally called this a book club, but in the spirit of our Dharma practice and with a recognition of current events, we have shifted our language to name this as a study and reflection on this important topic.


    The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.  

    -----Mahatma Gandhi, as quoted by Matthieu Ricard.


    The program has no charge and will take place February 1 through February 26, 2021.  All members who join will be assigned to a small group that will meet four times via Zoom. Each group will have a facilitator to keep the discussion lively and to guide the reflection and discussion. Our organizer, John McHarris will be sending periodic reading assignments and questions for reflection.


    Once you have registered, please obtain a copy of the book and begin reading.



    REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

    Please read the information below before you click to register!

    When you register, you will be asked to indicate your preferences for the one-hour discussion groups offered through Zoom. The following six discussion groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following: my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 


    Group 1:  Monday mornings, 11:00 am, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22

    Group 2:  Monday evenings, 7:00 pm, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22

    Group 3:  Tuesday evenings, 6:00 pm, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

    Group 4:  Wednesday mornings 7:30 am, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24

    Group 5:  Friday mornings, 11:00 am,  Feb 5, 12,19, 26

    Group 6:  Friday evenings, 7:30 pm, Feb 5, 12,19, 26


    Registration will be open through January 24. We will let you know your group assignment after the registration period ends. 


    If you have any questions please contact John McHarris at jmcharris2@gmail.com.

    • 01 Feb 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    Registration is open through Friday, January 15.


    Beginning the week of February 1, Fred will offer a four-week on-line class to FCM members on The Profound Psychology of Yogacara. Many consider Yogacara to be the pinnacle in the development of Buddhist philosophical and psychological thought in India and is the basis of the Mahayana Buddhist meditative traditions, and the teachings on karma, consciousness and liberation. It posits that it is our mind or consciousness that constructs our reality, and not the events of the ‘external world’. Although the meaning we give to events and our emotional responses to life are all arising in our minds, we mistakenly believe that our thoughts and beliefs about life are the same as life itself.


    The depth psychology of Yogacara is based on viewing the mind as having eight levels. It clearly portrays the inner processes that lead to our fundamental misperception of the true reality of life and explains why the sense of a separate self constantly contaminates our life experience. It shows why through ignorance we continually water unwholesome historical seeds of suffering in our storehouse consciousness, and teaches us the way to transform our lives at the base.


    In this four-week on-line class, Fred will offer teachings and analytical meditations to help participants understand Yogacarin psychology of mind and to apply it to their own experience. Transformation and freedom are the heart of Yogacara. This class will meet the needs for both laypeople and professionals to deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology.


    The class will meet on zoom twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm for four weeks. During each class, Fred will be primarily providing direct teachings explaining the core tenets of Yogacara to help participants understand and integrate what is being read in the assigned readings. There will also be an open forum with Fred each week on Saturday morning from 8-9 am, which is recommended but not required, and will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the text and practices recommended within it.


    The only required reading will be Living Yogacara by Tagawa Shun'eiIn addition, there are several no-cost translations of Yogacara texts to be found online, as well as several commentaries by modern Buddhist teachers. Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Understanding Our Mind, is his commentary on the great Indian Yogararin Vasubandhu’s Thirty Verses.


    The fee for this four-week class is $40 and teacher Dana is at the discretion of each student.


    Classes:  5:30-6:30 pm

    Week 1:   February 1 and 4

    Week 2:   February 8 and 11

    Week 3.   February 15 and 18

    Week 4:   February 22 and 25

             

    Forums:  8:00-9:00 am

    Week 1:   February 6

    Week 2:   February 13

    Week 3:   February 20

    Week 4:   February 27

    • 02 Feb 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 03 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Online

    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.

    • 06 Feb 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices.


    The theme of the teachings in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Our February 6 Half Day will focus on the Paramita of Generosity. How do we truly practice Generosity, both inner and outer, in the conduct of our body, speech and mind?


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers.


    Please register to receive the Zoom links and other information for the day. Half Days and Daylong are free, although a donation is appreciated at registration. 


    If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissenholm at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com



    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs.


    Angie is a Dharma Leader with FCM, having been given permission by FCM’s teacher Fred Eppsteiner to share the Buddha’s teachings with the sangha. She is also a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of mindful living classes.

    • 07 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 18
    Register

    Monthly Sunday dinners will give members an opportunity to connect with each other and share life experiences during this time of physical distancing and social isolation. This is a wonderful way to meet other sangha members and help to strength our FCM community.


    As you will be sharing a meal, please set the stage for your virtual dinner just as you would if you had friends coming in person to your home. Place your computer at a distance and at an angle that will capture both you and your immediate surroundings. Please be sure that your table is set and your meal prepared before you login at 6:00 pm. We want the experience to be a relaxing treat for you and your visiting friends.


    Please indicate how many guests will be sitting at your dinner table.

     

    Registered members will be organized into small dinner groups with a host prior to the first Sunday of each month.

    • 09 Feb 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 16 Feb 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 23 Feb 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 26 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Register

    In this online session for FCM members, we will be using our minds, senses and art supplies to do simple projects that deepen our mindfulness. We also will be sharing deeply with others the thoughts, feelings and insights that arise. Each class will begin with an exercise to help us to become centered and then move on to an art activity that will help us to develop the qualities of the awakened heart.


    The intention of this offering is to allow people to experience practice in a different way. All sessions will be grounded in mindfulness. These classes do not attempt to teach techniques making art but do use art as a conduit to practice.


    Instructions and supplies on how to prepare will be in your confirmation email. Because participants are sequestering at home, 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.  

    • 27 Feb 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EST)
    • 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 Saturday, February 27. The event will be online 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 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 online on the Sangha Line (links below) 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


    • 02 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 03 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Online

    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.

    • 06 Mar 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 28
    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 Sunday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors

    Jacqulyn Schuett stepped on the Path of Dharma in 1999 when she visited Plum Village for her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The sign at the entrance, ‘You Have Arrived,’ foreshadowed the sense of home she felt in the intimate environment of this small retreat. Her study with Fred Eppsteiner, through retreats and Intensive studies, began shortly thereafter. In 2015 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) and provides support for both the Tampa Practice Center and the St. Petersburg Sangha. Jacqulyn also serves as a mentor and leader of introductory classes.


    John McHarris began practicing the Dharma in 1990 with teacher Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi at the Zen Center of Syracuse, Hoen-ji. Between the mid 1990s through 2016, John continued his practice while living overseas in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. During his career as a humanitarian aid worker with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), his focus has been on hunger, food security and nutrition. In 2010, John had the good fortune to meet his teacher Fred Eppsteiner in southwest Florida and has since been practicing with Fred and FCM in Naples.  


    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 30
    Register

    Monthly Sunday dinners will give members an opportunity to connect with each other and share life experiences during this time of physical distancing and social isolation. This is a wonderful way to meet other sangha members and help to strength our FCM community.


    As you will be sharing a meal, please set the stage for your virtual dinner just as you would if you had friends coming in person to your home. Place your computer at a distance and at an angle that will capture both you and your immediate surroundings. Please be sure that your table is set and your meal prepared before you login at 6:00 pm. We want the experience to be a relaxing treat for you and your visiting friends.


    Please indicate how many guests will be sitting at your dinner table.

     

    Registered members will be organized into small dinner groups with a host prior to the first Sunday of each month.

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 21 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Many of us suffer from afflictive reactive patterns of body, speech and mind which cause suffering to ourselves and others. Doing harm to ourselves or to others, whatever the intensity, only perpetuates historical patterns of negativity. These actions not only keep us in pain-producing feedback loops, but also rob us of the energy needed to move our life in positive and transformative directions.


    To create the fertile soil in which our wholesome seeds can deeply take root and blossom, we must change the overall orientation of our minds from a narrowly constricted and delusive view to a mind illuminated by the intelligence and compassion of the Dharma path. As long as our minds are ensnared in wrong views, we will reap the results of suffering and dis-ease.


    In this retreat, Fred will offer Buddhist teachings and practices that help us turn away from the worldly orientation that breeds reactive mind states. Instead, we will learn how to create conditions in our mind where our wholesome aspirations of body, speech and mind can germinate and flourish. Through teachings, guided meditations and personal reflection, participants will gain a deeper realization that will support their path of transformation.


    In this four-day on-line retreat, Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues will give participants the opportunity to meet the challenges of practice with new confidence in walking the path of awakening.


    This retreat is appropriate for practitioners at all levels, including both those new to Buddhist practice and longer-term practitioners. This retreat is open to both members and non-members of FCM.


    The retreat registration fee is $100. The fee covers administrative, facility and incidental expenses connected to the retreat, but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Participants will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships are available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.


    The retreat begins on Wednesday evening, March 17 at 7:00 pm and ends on Sunday, March 21, at noon. We ask that participants plan to participate in the entire retreat, and to do so with the same energy of commitment and dedication as one would bring to an in-person residential retreat. We will be sending you 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. If you cannot be fully present for all of the days of the retreat, within the flexibility of the schedule as described above, please do not register.


    Registration will close on Friday, February 26.


    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • 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 Sunday, March 28. The event will be online 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 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 online on the Sangha Line (links below) 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


    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    This weekly meditation group will be held Tuesdays on Zoom and is open to everyone in recovery: AA, NA, Alanon, and other programs. It is also for those trying to spend less time on the internet, Facebook, TV, shopping, etc. Please join us to learn more about the 11th Step (Prayer and Meditation) and how to make it part of your daily life. Meditation is easy to learn and will help you cultivate a rich and rewarding spiritual practice, one that will support you in realizing the promises.


    People who practice meditation report reduced stress, greater peace, more clarity and happiness in their lives. They sleep better and have an increased ability to concentrate. These are some of the benefits of adding meditation to your recovery program.


    Everybody is welcome, whether you are just starting out or have been meditating for a while. The evenings will be led by teachers with a foundation in both meditation and recovery.


    ZOOMPlease join us online five minutes before the start at 6:30 pm.

    Video Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/86074740220

    or

    Dial-In #: 1-646-558-8656

    Meeting ID #: 860 747 40220


    If you have any questions please contact Eleanor at ececil1@verizon.net 

    • 03 Apr 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 18 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the date - please check back for more information and to register


    • 01 May 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 05 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 29
    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, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    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. 


    • 13 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 16 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the date - please check back for more information and to register



    • 05 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the date - please check back for more information and to register.


    • 19 Jun 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 07 Jul 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 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, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is a member of the Order of Interbeing and  completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa has served the community by teaching classes on mindfulness, leading peer study groups, and as Head of Hall. She finds joy in mentoring others in the practice and spending time in nature.


    Marilyn Warlick, LCSW is a retired social worker from the VA Health Care System, with focus on various areas; Homelessness, Substance Abuse, Clinical Coordinator for Programs to serve returning Veterans from their tours of duty, and Coordinator of the Hospice and The Palliative Care Program. Her involvement with Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) began 2000. During her years of involvement, 2009 she completed a pilgrimage with her FCM teacher and members to India Following the Footsteps of the Buddha to deepen her understanding of the buddhist teachings. In 2010 she received ordination in the Order of Interbeing. August 2012 Marilyn and her husband Sam, moved from NC to join the Tampa FCM community; helping in the remodeling and development of a Center for further growth of this Mindfulness Community. Currently, Marilyn shares her selfless service time with FCM within the Programs for Mentoring, Death and Dying, and Mindfulness In Recovery Program (MIR).

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 01 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 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, September 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held 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 a Level 2 trainee in the Wake Up Schools International program, and is Senior Faculty in the English Language Program at USF, where he regularly runs workshops, classes and training on mindfulness for students and teachers.


    Rosy Sharma Sedhain is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness and a certified yoga teacher. Prior to teaching mindfulness classes, Rosy attained a degree in Information Systems and an MBA, concentrating her work in the pharmaceutical industry. She teaches mindfulness to children, teens and adults and feels that teaching mindfulness gives her the greatest learning opportunity. Rosy joined FCM in 2017. This is her second year in the Dharma Transmission Program. Rosy is married and the mother of two children, ages 9 and 14.



    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 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 Sunday, October 24, 31 & November 7, 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held online. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    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.

    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online

    Save the Date. Registration will open as we get closer to the event. Please check back to confirm date, times and to register.


    Our Half Day and Daylong Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s meditative experience and support transformation and awakening in one’s life. They include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and other mindfulness meditation practices. 


    The theme of the teachings for our monthly Half Day and Daylongs in 2021 will be the practice of the Six Paramitas. In Mahayana Buddhism the term Paramita means perfection or that which brings wholeness. Practicing the Six Paramitas (Generosity, Ethical Living, Patience, Joyful Effort, Concentration and Insight) helps us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurtures our aspirations to be of benefit to others.


    Half Day and Daylong Retreats are appropriate for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for more experienced practitioners. They are open to both FCM members and nonmembers. If you have any questions please contact Scott Nissensohn at scott.nissensohn@gmail.com


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

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