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    • 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 music and altruistic readings. 


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

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Please join us for this Half Daylong Retreat on December 14, led by Bryan Hindert with a focus on Mindfulness Practices to Nourish and Refresh


    Although this time of year has much potential for highlighting positive qualities of our minds such as joy, connection, generosity, good will, love, and compassion, the tendency in our culture can often be to turn our holiday season into a time of stress and difficulty.  Please join us for a half day retreat to stop the trend toward negative mind-states, and instead nourish our capacity for being at ease in the present moment - however that moment is manifesting

     

    We will spend the mourning refreshing, renewing, and nourishing our minds by practicing some simple mindfulness practices taught by the Buddha in the Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness.  We will also discuss how to bring these practices into our activities over the holiday season so that we can water seeds of joy in ourselves and those around us in the months to come.


    Our half day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, and a teaching and discussion. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the morning. 

     

    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance. Your generosity in providing a donation or Dana for the use of the facility and the support of FCM is gratefully accepted and encouraged, and can be made online or at the door.


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




    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119
    • 18
    Register

    Please join us for a Half Day Retreat on Saturday, September 28 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 Diane Powell, 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.

    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom (virtual meeting)

    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes for FCM members via Zoom are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the third Monday of each month from 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom teleconference. The link for the Zoom line is located on our website in "Resources>Member Resources and Directory>Death Café." Click here to access this page. Remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life. Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


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


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


    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator, Carol Meyer at revcarol1@earthlink.net.

    • 16 Dec 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.


    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Tampa Practice Center, 6501 E. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Beginning Anew: New Year's Ceremony, Potluck & Celebration

    For FCM Members and Their Families/Friends


    In the Buddhist tradition, the passing of an old year and the beginning of a new one is celebrated in a sacred manner.  We take stock of the past year, our life and relationships, our activities and endeavors, and make a sincere inventory of the actions of our body, speech and mind. Then, symbolically freeing ourselves from the baggage of the past year, we start the New Year with renewed focus, motivation and inspiration. Rather than celebrating the New Year by numbing and clouding the mind, we begin anew, renewing our commitment to awaken to the richness and beauty of life’s fullest potential and joining together to celebrate our connection with each other as a community.


    We invite you to start the New Year with us on January 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. for ceremony, a finger food potluck and celebration performances at our Tampa Practice Center. We warmly welcome and encourage those of you outside the Tampa Bay area to join us this year in Tampa. 


    Ceremony: We will begin at 1 pm with sitting and walking meditation. This will be followed by guided meditations and rituals to acknowledge the passing of the year, to facilitate a "letting go" of the past, to renew ourselves in the present, and to focus our intentions for the future.


    Potluck/Refreshments: Following the Beginning Anew ceremony we will  celebrate our connection with each other with light refreshments and warm friendship. Please bring a vegan "finger food" (sweet or savory) as a light snack.  You will find the "Sign Up Genius" link at the end of this description.


    Celebration Performances:  This year we will enjoy performances by FCM members following our potluck refreshments, including:    

    • The Extraordinary Illness of Vimalakirti  - short play performed by FCM members aimed at capturing the wisdom, drama and humor of the Vimalakirti Sutra.  Vimalakirti was an enlightened layman and friend of the Buddhas, who was totally involved in family, business and community life in his home city of Vaishali. The Sutra portrays many profound moments of Vimalakirti's interaction with all the great disciples of the Buddha and always showing them the deeper path. Historically Vimalakirti’s life demonstrates concretely how it is possible to live an awakened life in the midst of the most ordinary daily activities.
    • Opening Our Hearts to the New Year: Songs and Singalongs with Shana Smith. Shana presents Dharma-inspired music from her newly recorded CD, "Oak Tree In the Garden." Shana is the director of the Gainesville Retreat Center and nationally recognized children's performer -- Shana Banana. She is a long time practitioner of  yoga and zen. She will grace us with music, song sheets, and singalongs for the whole family!

    Children & Teens 

    Children and teens are invited to participate in all or parts of this event, and are always welcome in the Meditation Hall. While we don't have formal children's activities or babysitting planned, the Family Room will be open for families to use.  Children are especially encourage to join us about 3:15 in the Meditation Hall for the final inspiration of our ceremony, as well as for the potluck and performances.  


    Please register online for this event 

    Due to limited space our ceremony/celebration is open only to FCM members and their families and friends. When you register, please include the names of any family or friends who will be attending with you. After you have registered, please go to the potluck "signup Genius" to let us know what finger food you will bring. That link is at the bottom of this description.  You can always go back and sign up later, after you have registered for the event here.


    Zoom

    We will Zoom the event for members if you cannot attend, but warmly encourage all members to join us in person in Tampa for this special event.  Zoom access is the same as for Sunday Meditation.  No need to register if you are planning to Zoom.


    For more information about the overall event, please contact Jacqulyn at jacqulynruth@verizon.net.  For information about the potluck, contact Evelyn at evelynhaseman@gmail.com.  


    SIGN UP GENIUS: BEGINNING ANEW POTLUCK

    After you have completed registering, please go to  Sign Up Genius to indicate what finger food you will bring to the potluck at this link:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094BA4A62EA7F49-beginning  


    Note regarding Bed and Breakfast:  In anticipation of the opening of Great Cloud in the new year we are discontinuing our formal Member Bed and Breakfast Program in Tampa. However, if you are a member and could use some help or suggestions of who you might stay with when you visit the Tampa Center,  please feel free to contact Evelyn Haseman at evelynhaseman@gmail.com.




     


    • 04 Jan 2020
    • 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 Bill MacMillen with questions (bmacm21@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
    .



    • 06 Jan 2020
    • 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.



    • 08 Jan 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 14
    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, January 8, 15, 22 & 29 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:

    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and  a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program.  Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016. 


    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.



    • 20 Jan 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom (virtual meeting)

    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes for FCM members via Zoom are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the third Monday of each month from 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom teleconference. The link for the Zoom line is located on our website in "Resources>Member Resources and Directory>Death Café." Click here to access this page. Remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life. Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


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


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


    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator, Carol Meyer at revcarol1@earthlink.net.

    • 20 Jan 2020
    • 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.


    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 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 Bill MacMillen with questions (bmacm21@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
    .



    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 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.



    • 17 Feb 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom (virtual meeting)

    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes for FCM members via Zoom are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the third Monday of each month from 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom teleconference. The link for the Zoom line is located on our website in "Resources>Member Resources and Directory>Death Café." Click here to access this page. Remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life. Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


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


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


    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator, Carol Meyer at revcarol1@earthlink.net.

    • 17 Feb 2020
    • 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.


    • 02 Mar 2020
    • 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.



    • 03 Mar 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register

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


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


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, March 3, 10, 17 & 24 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. 


    Andrew Rock and his wife Nancy Natilson have been members of FCM and students of Fred Eppsteiner since 2004.  He was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011.  Andrew has served on the FCM Board, and as a bellmaster, presenter and Head of Meditation Hall in FCM’s Tampa Practice Center, and as a mentor and small group leader in FCM intensives.  He has led workshops for FCM’s Mindfulness Institute on mindful consumption, engaged Buddhism and mindfulness for activists, and is a founder of the Buddhist Climate Action Network.  Andrew and Nancy live in Seminole Heights, Tampa and on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.


    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 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 Bill MacMillen with questions (bmacm21@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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    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom (virtual meeting)

    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes for FCM members via Zoom are monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the third Monday of each month from 12:00-1:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom teleconference. The link for the Zoom line is located on our website in "Resources>Member Resources and Directory>Death Café." Click here to access this page. Remember you must be logged-in in order to view this page.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life. Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


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


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


    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator, Carol Meyer at revcarol1@earthlink.net.

    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 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.


    • 06 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register

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


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


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 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:

    Nancy Natilson has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for 20 years. She is an active member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness and has facilitated many workshops including Mindful Leadership, Mindful Eating and Mindfulness at WorkShe also enjoys introducing meditation and mindfulness to staff and board members of community organizations and companies through participatory workshops.


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


    • 07 Jul 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register

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


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


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28 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 Sgambati has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh's for more than 15 years.  Since moving back to Florida in 2013, she has been studying with teacher Fred Eppsteiner.  Maria is a member of the Order of Interbeing with the Dharma name True Unfolding Fulfillment, a current student in the Dharma Transmission Program and serves as the FCM Resident Caretaker.


    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.


    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register

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


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


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, September 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org .


    Class Instructors:

    Diana Fish became interested in mindfulness and meditation in 2012 after reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. After a long career as a professional cellist, she moved to St.Petersburg in 2013 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness where she has been an active member and a student in the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program.  Diana recently completed a Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center and is now an interfaith chaplain intern at Tampa General Hospital.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and  a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program.  Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016. 

    • 27 Oct 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
    • 30
    Register

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


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


     Learning Objectives:
    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
    This four-week course will begin on Tuesday, October 27 and November 3, 10 & 17 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:

    Diana Fish became interested in mindfulness and meditation in 2012 after reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. After a long career as a professional cellist, she moved to St.Petersburg in 2013 and joined the Florida Community of Mindfulness where she has been an active member and a student in the Five Year Dharma Transmission Program.  Diana recently completed a Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center and is now an interfaith chaplain intern at Tampa General Hospital.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013.  He is an aspirant in Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI) and  a student in FCM's Dharma Transmission Program.  Previously Bill worked in law enforcement with the Tampa Police Department and as an investigator in the communications industry before retiring in 2016. 

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

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