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    • 01 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online (FCM members)

    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.

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
    Register

    This daylong program is being held for participants in the Fall FCM Dharma Path Intensive, Deconstructing the Myth of Self, Part 3.  Those that have taken this Intensive in the past are also invited to attend.


    We have now spent the better part of a year in this intensive carefully observing the manifestation of self in our personal lives and the drama of self that causes us so much suffering. Most recently we have explored the teachings on self from the perspective of Buddhist psychology and are beginning to see that the existence of a solid, permanent, autonomous self is a mistaken view. Even so, we may be still be finding that we have a deep clinging to the notion of a self and that its attachments and aversions are continuing to play havoc in our lives. In this daylong we will focus on how to use the 19th century Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Mipham’s meditative text, The Wheel of Investigation and Meditation That Thoroughly Purifies Mental Activity so we can cut through our attachment to this delusive self to allow us to truly live a life of freedom.


    This Daylong Program will be led by the intensive leaders, Ken Lenington and Betsy Arizu.


    It is open for registration ONLY to FCM members who are currently registered in the Deconstructing the Myth of Self Intensive or who have participated in this FCM Intensive in prior years. 


    It will be held entirely online via Zoom.


    Registration is open until Thursday, December 2.

    • 12 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Online
    • 27
    Register

    Seasonal Sunday virtual dinners provide members an opportunity to bridge distances and share about our lives and practices. This is a wonderful way to meet other sangha members, celebrate the beauty of each season, and strengthen 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. Please feel free to decorate your table for the season. 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 parties with a host.

    • 17 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
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    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.


    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.  

    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person (Fully Vaccinated) and Online
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    As laypeople, we are fully engaged with ordinary life. Our experience of the world is an ever unfolding series of relationships inseparable from the emotional ups and downs associated with those relationships. From personal relationships with family, friends, work, pets, possessions to larger things like our views and ideas about social and political unfoldings and climate change, our minds are filtering everything that appears. We typically react to these experiences with attachment or aversion based on our conditioning and habitual reactivity, which ends up being the source of much of our emotional afflictions.


    The Dharma teaches another way to be in the world. To live with ease and compassion and with freedom to respond wisely to whatever arises – to be in the world without being driven by the world. To be fully involved and present and yet not ensnared, stressed or emotionally depleted.


    How do we move through life without attachment and at the same time, without rejecting or withdrawing from the world? How do we live with love, compassion and healthy engagement rather than with emotional drama? In this half day workshop, Fred will provide targeted big picture teachings, real world examples, and concrete practices to facilitate participants ability to navigate their worldly life with greater ease and understanding.


    Fred Eppsteiner, a Dharma teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, has been a student of Buddhism and a practitioner of meditation for over fifty years and has devoted himself to teaching the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) since 1996. Although Fred has practiced primarily in the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages, he bases his teachings on the full breadth of Buddhist philosophical, psychological and meditative traditions.

    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person (Fully Vaccinated) and 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 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/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone who is fully vaccinated and in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line 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


    • 12 Jan 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person (Fully Vaccinated) & 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, January 12, 19, 26 & February 2 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.

    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.

    • 15 Jan 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM Members)
    Register

    Many of us embark on a spiritual path seeking to live a meaningful and purposeful life--a life of authenticity, integrity and goodness. Aspiration, vows and intention are key elements that empower us on our path.


    Our aspirations refer to the highest and deepest heart-felt wishes we have for our lives, our relationships and the world--our shining north stars, so to speak. Making vows and setting intentions are tangible ways we can channel the energy of our aspirations and infuse them with determination and commitment. These three elements--aspiration, vows and intention--provide direction in our lives, keep us on the path when we are challenged or confused, and help us make wise choices that are congruent with our inner values.


    In this workshop, led by Betsy Arizu and Dona Menz we will look deeply into our lives to examine, uncover and clarify each of these elements, and learn how to use them in our daily practice. Please bring something to write with, so that we can write down our personal aspirations, vows and intentions for the various areas of our lives.


    Examining our aspirations, vows and intentions is not a one-time endeavor. We hope that this January workshop will become an annual community event for all of us, so that these elements are present for us in each day of the year. To truly live a life of conscious intention, we place these elements and their power at the heart of our practice.


    This workshop is free, offered as a gift to FCM members.


    Please plan to join us! 


    • 26 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person (Fully Vaccinated) and Online

    Save the date for this workshop with Alex Lerner and Ken Lenington.

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

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