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    • 20 Sep 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person (FCM members) and Online (for all)

    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 our members, especially those in the Tampa Bay Area, 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.


    The Online Zoom option is available for both members and nonmembers 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 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person (FCM members) and Online (for all)
    Register

    Brandy Kidd and Bill Mac Millen



    Description

    The afflictive emotion of anger – including the range of emotions from low level irritation, frustration, resentment and jealousy to full blown rage – is one of the most destructive forces we face as human beings. This is true of anger experienced in our personal lives as well as societal anger that wreaks so much havoc upon people everywhere.


    We have each acquired our own personal anger patterns due to our conditioning in life; we certainly don’t consciously choose to be irritable, resentful or angry. Thus, we can be gentle and understanding of ourselves as we are today, while at the same time knowing that with mindfulness we can create new conditions that will help to uproot anger and bring more joy into our lives.


    Buddhist psychology offers much wisdom for working skillfully to transform anger through the practices of mindfulness and the cultivation of understanding and patience. These teachings have proven beneficial for over 2600 years in helping individuals to uproot anger and experience more joy in their lives. 


    In our workshop we will explore the following fundamental principles essential for loosening the knots of anger, including:

    • What is anger?
    • The destructiveness of anger and how it has manifested in our lives
    • The sources and causes of anger
    • Is anger ever useful?
    • Using understanding to unknot anger and cultivate patience
    • What to do when anger has already arisen in the mind

    The workshop will include instruction, reflections and practice opportunities through interactive exercises.


    We encourage anyone who can experience the richness of practicing together, In-Person, to join us in our Meditation Hall following our Covid-19 Safety Protocols. The Online Zoom option is available for those out of area and those otherwise not planning to attend In-Person, and we provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


     The cost is $75. 


    Workshop Leaders


    Brandy Kidd has been a practitioner with Florida Community of Mindfulness since its inception in 1995. She lives in Naples, FL where she co-coordinates the Naples Sangha. She is a member of The Order of Interbeing and the current cohort of The Dharma Transmission Group. Professionally she works as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She is married with two “children,” ages 22 and 16. In addition to practicing dharma, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening and crocheting.




    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.





    Questions?

    If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.

    • 06 Oct 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.

    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
    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.


    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.  

    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online (for all)
    Register
    Angie Parrish


    This retreat will be offered fully online and is open to both FCM members and nonmembers. It is open to practitioners at any level but is especially recommended for those participating in the current Dharma Path Intensive, Deconstructing the Myth of Self.


    Description

    For most of us, it certainly feels like there is a “me” or a “self” in this body and mind, doing this, thinking that. As long as we continue to believe in this solid, real me, we will suffer in all kinds of ways as we struggle to protect and aggrandize this “self.”


    The Buddha taught that everything we think of as I/me/self is a function of how we experience life through our body and mind, which he called the five Aggregates (also called heaps or skandhas). Put another way, what we consider to be an individual is essentially a process of the Aggregates, which include

    1. Form – Our actual experience of contact with a sense object
    2. Feeling tone – The immediate feeling of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral which – without mindfulness – is the root of our reactivity and suffering
    3. Perception – The labeling or recognition of the form that we are contacting. It is our misperception of forms (particularly our “selves”) as permanent and solid that is behind our delusion of self and separation
    4. Mental formations (e.g. thoughts, memories, emotions, volition) - The ephemeral arisings of the mind that we cling to and reify
    5. Consciousness – The attention we bring to any given situation that brings it into our experience, and this sense that there is some one who everything is happening to.

    Without understanding and careful mindfulness, these Aggregates work together and subtly create the sense of a self, or an I, that we cling to. The Buddha taught that this sense of self is illusory and is at the root of our suffering. When we understand and see the true nature of the Aggregates – impermanent and non-solid – we will stop clinging to these Aggregates and the belief in a self, and will find true ease of mind and freedom.


    In this weekend retreat, we will explore how we mistakenly Angie Parrish will share teachings and practices to help us move beyond the ‘theory’ of the Aggregates such that we can apply the teachings in a practical way in our lives. 


    Retreat Logistics

    The retreat will begin Friday evening, October 15 and end Sunday at noon, October 17. It will consist of a Friday evening session (7 pm to 9 pm), all-day Saturday (7 am to 9 pm), and a Sunday session (7 am to noon). The retreat will be conducted entirely on Zoom.


    This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about how to gain freedom from clinging to what we misperceive to be a self. 


    Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage. All retreat dana will go towards supporting the programs that FCM offers.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants before the retreat, including daily schedules, Zoom instructions and suggestions to help prepare you for a meaningful retreat experience from your home. 

    The last day to register for this retreat is October 8th.


    Retreat Leader

    Angie Parrish will be leading this retreat. Angie 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 developing many employee training programs. Angie is a qualified teacher of MBSR and is a frequent teacher of classes and other programs at the FCM Tampa Center.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com.

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person (FCM members) and Online (for all)

    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 our members, especially those in the Tampa Bay Area, 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.


    The Online Zoom option is available for both members and nonmembers 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

    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (for all)
    • 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, 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:

    Nancy Natilson joined FCM in 2006 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing five years later. Nancy has facilitated Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation many times. She has also led other FCM courses such as Mindful Eating, Mindful Leadership and Mindfulness at Work for corporations. Nancy has served in many roles at FCM, including Board Treasurer, Sangha Care Coordinator, Mindfulness Institute Leader, and most recently Intensive Coordinator and Retreat Chef. She aspires to bring compassion into all aspects of her life.


    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
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com


    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person or Online

    Save the date for this workshop with Alex Lerner and Angie Parrish.

    • 19 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online (FCM members)
    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.


    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.  

    • 19 Nov 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person (FCM members) and Online (for all)

    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 our members, especially those in the Tampa Bay Area, 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.


    The Online Zoom option is available for both members and nonmembers 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

    • 04 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online

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


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Half-Day and Daylong programs are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of happiness, transformation, and awakening in our lives. The programs include guided meditation, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks and reflection.


    Half-Days and Daylongs are offered to both FCM members and nonmembers free of charge (a donation, of course, is  always appreciated.) Please register to receive the Zoom links and any other important information.   


    The theme for the talks for the once-a-month Saturday Half-Days and Daylongs in 2021 are intended to help us awaken wisdom and compassion in our lives, recognize the goodness that lies within each one of us, and nurture our aspirations to be of benefit to others. Please join us.  


    If you have any questions please contact Mitch Schaefer at schaefer.mitch@gmail.com

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


    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
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person (FCM members) and Online (for all)

    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 our members, especially those in the Tampa Bay Area, 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.


    The Online Zoom option is available for both members and nonmembers 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

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

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