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    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • FCM 6501 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
    Register

    Join Workshop Leader Darlene Stewart in a gentle yet transformative exploration of the stories and narratives that limit us and cause us pain.




    Who would you be without your story?   Is it true?


    Most of us live with painful and self-limiting stories and narratives about ourselves and others that are never challenged. We have thoughts and stories about our relationships, body image, addiction, fear and more. This daylong experiential workshop is based on "The Work," a method of self-inquiry developed by teacher and author Byron Katie (Katie) to help us identify and question the truth of these stories so there is more joy and ease in our lives. 


    Katie, in the midst of a 'normal life', sank into a debilitating 10-year depression that become so severe she required in-patient care. Then one morning in 1986, Katie woke up to find that her suffering was gone, replaced by a deep joyous clarity. In that clarity Katie realized that every painful feeling – anger, loneliness, fear – is the result of believing a thought that isn’t true.


    “I discovered that when I believed my stressful thoughts, I suffered, but when I didn’t believe them. I didn’t suffer and that this is true for every human being.  Freedom is as simple as that. Suffering is optional.  I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment.  That joy is in everyone, always.”     --Byron Katie


    Katie’s realization resulted in a method of questioning the validity of stressful thoughts so we can see for ourselves if what we believe is actually true or not. Katie calls this process of self-inquiry, “The Work”.


    The Work asks 4 questions:

    1. Is this stressful thought true?  
    2. Can I know absolutely that it’s true?
    3. How do I react when I believe this thought? 
    4. How would I be without this thought?

      The 5th step is called The Turnaround. This is a fascinating process for examining the thought from 3 different perspectives. The Turnaround reveals hidden inconsistencies, projections and conditioning in a way that, if we are open to it, is utterly freeing. This workshop will introduce the “Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet”, which each participant will complete with a stressful thought of their own to provide a template for the day’s work of self-discovery.


      “As long as you think that anyone or anything else is responsible for your suffering, the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you can’t help but suffer. Behind your suffering is an unexamined thought. So examine your thinking and begin to set yourself free.”     --Byron Katie


      Our FCM workshop presenter, Darlene Stewart, has attended workshops with Katie since 2012. In 2017, she attended the 9-Day School For The Work, which focused on learning to do The Work for oneself as well as how to facilitate it for others. Darlene does The Work regularly for herself and has facilitated Worksheets for many others who have found it particularly helpful in resolving conflicted, stressful situations.


      Learning Objectives:

      • Participants will be introduced to the “Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet from “The Work” of Byron Katie
      • Participants will learn how to: 
        • Identify one stressful thought
        • Ask 4 clarifying questions about that thought
        • Turn the thought around 3 ways to test for validity

      This class is approved for 6 Continuing Education Credits for LMHC; LCSW; LMFT 


      Darlene Stewart retired as Vice President of Clinical Services for Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties, where she worked for 16 years supervising clinical trauma services to child victims and families of abuse and neglect. Before that, Darlene worked as Clinical Supervisor and Mental Health Counselor providing direct services to clients in outpatient mental health centers in Oregon and Florida, working with children & families, alcohol/drug treatment and general mental health issues. Darlene has practiced mindfulness in her daily life and at work since 1997. 


      *Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number 50-14766. This course is approved for 6 CEU’s. Credit will only be awarded with verification of attendance.


      *Grievance Procedure: Mail a statement describing your complaint to Director of Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals; 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604



      • 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
      • 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 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
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      Many consider Yogacara to be the pinnacle in the development of Buddhist philosophical and psychological thought in India and the basis of the Buddhist meditative tradition. It posits that it is our mind or consciousness that constructs our reality, not the events of the ‘external world’. Although the meaning we give to events and our emotional responses to life are all arising in our minds, we mistakenly believe that our thoughts and beliefs about life are the same as life itself.

      The profound psychology of Yogacara is based on viewing the mind as having eight levels, involving the six sensory consciousness, the sense of a self consciousness, and the storehouse consciousness. Our life experiences are patterned on our deep attachment to the largely unobserved self/ego, which constantly contaminates our experiences and creates an endless flow of misperceptions. As well, through ignorance we continue to water unwholesome seeds of suffering in the storehouse consciousness, rather than watering wholesome seeds which bring happiness.

      In this workshop, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner will offer teachings, meditations and analytical reflections from the Yogacara methodology intended to uproot distorted views and endless mental and emotional projects so we can see things as they really are and wake up. Transformation and freedom is the heart of Yogacara. This workshop will meet the needs for both laypeople and professionals to deepen their understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhist psychology.


      Workshop Instructor

      Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.



      * Florida Community of Mindfulness, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to provide continuing education credits through CE Provider # 50-14766. Total in-class time is 4 hours.


      Mindfulness Institute Grievance Procedure

      Mail a statement describing your complaint to: Director of Continuing Education, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.


      Questions? E-mail us at info@floridamindfulness.org or call 813-237-0746.

      • 08 Mar 2020
      • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

      Sunday Sing is a short, informal gathering of people interested in FCM music. It provides an opportunity for singing, as well as a way to encourage more music at FCM.  We concentrate on learning and singing songs appropriate for FCM groups, including songs from the Plum Village tradition and other Buddhist and secular sources.  Sunday Sing will meet once per month on Sunday from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. Check our FCM calendar for dates.   


      For more information, contact Rick Ferris at rfrrazz@gmail.com 

      • 09 Mar 2020
      • 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 Monday, March 9. 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 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 Molly Conlon (bunnie.mac@gmail.com) or Bill MacMillen (bmacm21@gmail.com) or with questions.


      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
      .



      • 14 Mar 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      On Saturday March 14 we will be cleaning our recently adopted section of Sligh Avenue near the practice center.


      You are welcome to arrive at 8:30 am for registration in the garden on the north side of the Meditation Hall (through the wooden fence gate at the northwest corner of the building).  Orientation will start at 8:45 am, with clean-up from 9 - 11:00 am. We will have a closing circle to reflect on the morning at 11:15 am. 


      Please bring your own refillable water bottle and sunscreen and wear close-toed shoes and a hat! Garbage bags, gloves, bug spray, safety vests and sunglasses are provided by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

      • 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.

      • 21 Mar 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
      • 31
      Register

      Please join us for an FCM Member Forum on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


      The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


      If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


      While this event is free and open to all members, 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 forum, 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 in our "dana bowl" at the forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


      For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


      • 21 Mar 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      Relaxing the Mind and Opening the Heart 

         A Daylong Retreat with Angie Parrish and David Braasch on March 21

                 


      The Buddha spoke of mindfulness of the body as both a refuge and a source of joy that leads to deepening concentration and awakening. In the midst of endless thoughts, emotional storms, and energetic ups and downs, we can always come back to the refreshing calm of just this breath, just this step.  


      In this Daylong retreat, we will practice mindfulness using the body as our object of contemplation, whether sitting, in movement, or at rest. The Day will involve guided sitting and walking meditations, Dharma teachings, silent lunch, some lazy time, deep relaxation, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. 


      For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.


      This Daylong retreat is suitable for both new and experienced meditators who are looking to refresh and deepen their practice.

       

      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 Daylong 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 in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


      Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including developing many employee training programs. In addition to serving as Executive Director of FCM, Angie is a qualified teacher of MBSR and is a frequent teacher of classes and other programs at the Tampa Center.


      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.


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




      • 01 Apr 2020
      • 6:00 PM
      • 05 Apr 2020
      • 1:00 PM
      • Non-residential Retreat at Tampa Center, 6501 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

          Florida Community of Mindfulness


      Taste the Ground of Your True Nature

      A four-day non-residential meditation retreat with Lhoppon Rinpoche


      April 1 - 5, 2020


      It is wonderful that our community can host such an accomplished teacher as Lhoppon Rinpoche at our Center to share the Great Perfection or Dzog-chen tradition with us. Rinpoche, who is fluent in English, is deeply accomplished in all aspects of the Buddhadharma and received meditation training from many modern masters when he was younger. He has been in this country since 2001 and is the founder/teacher of the Mipham Shedra Buddhist Meditation Center in Colorado.


      In the meditative tradition of the Great Perfection (Dzog-chen), the path that leads to Awakening is clearly delineated. It involves establishing a strong foundation for one’s spiritual life (Ground); following a road that is clearly marked (Path); and ultimately arriving at the place of one’s deepest aspiration (Fruition). It has produced countless realized human beings for centuries up to modern times.


      In this four-day silent retreat, Lhoppon Rinpoche will guide participants along this well traveled road that was transmitted from India to Tibet over a thousand years ago. Rinpoche will be utilizing teachings from the Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche, Garab Dorje's Three Words that Strike the Crucial Point, and The Precious Treasury of The Basic Space of Phenomena by Longchen Rabjam.  


      Fred’s Dzog-chen teacher was Khyabje Dzongnor Rinpoche, who was the Teacher who Lhoppon Rinpoche first took Refuge Vows with in 1978. Khyabje Dzongnor Rinpoche also gave Lhoppon Rinpoche the name Gyurmed Dorjee (Changeless Vajra), which he uses to this day. When Fred studied with Dzongnor Rinpoche in 1975, Lhoppon Rinpoche was three years old.

      _______________________________________________________________________


      Please note that this retreat is NON-RESIDENTIAL, which means that we will be together for most waking hours of the day, but after evening meditation each night everyone will return to their own home (or to the place where you are staying). Out-of-town participants are encouraged to make their own arrangements for accommodations either at the home of sangha friends or hotels. A limited number of accommodations for the retreat may be available at FCM's Lambright House for FCM members; please email info@floridamindfulness.org if you are a member wanting to inquire about the Lambright housing for this retreat.


      The retreat registration fee is $200.* The fee covers three vegan meals daily, as well as administrative, facility, and incidental expenses connected to the retreat, but does not include any offerings to the teacher. Participants will have an opportunity to make an offering for the teachings at the conclusion of the retreat. A limited number of Retreat Scholarships may be available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. 


      The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday, April 1, and ends after lunch on Sunday, April 5. We ask that all participants attend the entire time of the retreat (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday; 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Sunday). If you cannot be fully present for all of these days and times, please do not register. No late arrivals or early departures are permitted, as they significantly interfere with the process of retreat for everyone. 


      The last day to register for the retreat is March 4. 


      Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat, with preference given to FCM members if the retreat is oversubscribed. Registrants will receive an email stating either acceptance into the retreat or placement on the waiting list within a few days of the closing of registration.


      The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants before the retreat begins.


      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.

      • 04 Apr 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 Molly Conlon (bunnie.mac@gmail.com) or Bill MacMillen (bmacm21@gmail.com) or with questions.


      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 Apr 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.



      • 07 Apr 2020
      • 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 Tuesday, April 7. 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. 

      • 11 Apr 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 25
      Register

      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.


      The workshop will be held at the FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, in Tampa from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 20. The cost is $75. If you have questions, please email us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


      Workshop Leaders


      Betsy Arizu has been interested in Buddhism for over 30 years as a counselor and artist. Her formal study began in 2011 when she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner and a practicing member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. In 2015 she was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing, a community of lay and monastic practitioners established by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn. She leads mindfulness workshops for educators, psychologists, school and mental health counselors and social workers. 


      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.




      • 12 Apr 2020
      • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

      Sunday Sing is a short, informal gathering of people interested in FCM music. It provides an opportunity for singing, as well as a way to encourage more music at FCM.  We concentrate on learning and singing songs appropriate for FCM groups, including songs from the Plum Village tradition and other Buddhist and secular sources.  Sunday Sing will meet once per month on Sunday from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. Check our FCM calendar for dates.   


      For more information, contact Rick Ferris at rfrrazz@gmail.com 

      • 18 Apr 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
      • 35
      Register

      Please join us for an FCM Member Forum from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


      The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


      If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


      While this event is free and open to all members, 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 forum, 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 in our "dana bowl" at the forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


      For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


      • 18 Apr 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      The Practices of a Bodhisattva

         A Daylong Retreat with Diane Powell on April 18



      Please join us for this Daylong Retreat led by Diane Powell on The Practices of a Bodhisattva. We will focus on the eloquent and insightful poem, The Way of the Bodhisattva, written by the great eighth-century Indian Buddhist, Shantideva. This is a much-loved text that provides a model and guide for living an enlightened life of purpose and meaning. We will use selected verses to deepen our understanding of what it means to live a life of compassion and explore practices for developing our capacity to manifest this wondrous and liberating quality of mind in our life.


      Our Daylong retreat will involve sitting and walking meditation, Dharma teachings & discussion, guided meditations, mindful movement and other activities. For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.


      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.


      Diane Powell became a student and practitioner of the Dharma after attending a retreat lead by Thich Nhat Hanh in Key West in 1997 and she is grateful for the transformation and life-changing benefits it has brought to her life. As a long-time member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, she teaches classes on a variety of mindfulness topics, leads Intensives, serves as a mentor to new members, and presents regularly at FCM sanghas. Before retiring, Diane was a faculty member in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida.


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




      • 20 Apr 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.

      • 02 May 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 Molly Conlon (bunnie.mac@gmail.com) or Bill MacMillen (bmacm21@gmail.com) or with questions.


      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
      .



      • 02 May 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
      • 35
      Register

      Please join us for an FCM Member Forum with Marilyn Warlick on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


      The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask Marilyn questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


      If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


      While this event is free and open to all members, 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 forum, 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 in our "dana bowl" at the forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


      For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


      • 04 May 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.



      • 06 May 2020
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
      • 29
      Register

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


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


       Learning Objectives:
      • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
      • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
      • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and  overall awareness.
      • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
      • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.        
      This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, May 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 May 2020
      • 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, May 7. 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. 

      • 09 May 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      Nourishing Wellbeing Finding Balance in this Digital World

      A Daylong Retreat with Bryan Hindert on May 9


      Please join us for this Daylong Retreat led by Bryan Hindert on Nourishing Wellbeing Finding Balance in this Digital World.  We will study and practice with the Buddhas Discourse on the Four Kinds of Nutriments as a guide to learn how to utilize what we feed our bodies and our minds in order to cultivate wellbeing.  We will also use this teaching as a lens to look at how and why we are consuming digital media and whether this activity is nourishing us our hindering our wellbeing.  We will discuss how to bring these teachings into our daily lives so we can nourish ourselves throughout the day and find balance in the digital world in which we live.


      Our Daylong retreat will involve sitting and walking meditation, Dharma teachings & discussion, guided meditations, mindful movement and other activities. For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.


      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.


       Bryan Hindert has been following the Buddhist path since 2008, when a strong desire to make changes in his life and to   develop a better relationship with his mind drew him to the   Florida Community of Mindfulness. This path has helped Bryan   to transform his life in profound ways and continues to be a source of guidance, support, and joy in all of his endeavors. In addition to helping to develop and lead Wake Up Tampa Bay, a mindfulness and meditation group for people in their 20s and 30s, Bryan has served by teaching classes and presenting on mindfulness and on Buddhism, leading intensive practice periods, and serving as the Assistant to the Teacher.

       

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




      • 17 May 2020
      • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

      Sunday Sing is a short, informal gathering of people interested in FCM music. It provides an opportunity for singing, as well as a way to encourage more music at FCM.  We concentrate on learning and singing songs appropriate for FCM groups, including songs from the Plum Village tradition and other Buddhist and secular sources.  Sunday Sing will meet once per month on Sunday from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. Check our FCM calendar for dates.   


      For more information, contact Rick Ferris at rfrrazz@gmail.com 

      • 18 May 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.

      • 01 Jun 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.



      • 05 Jun 2020
      • 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, June 5. 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. 

      • 06 Jun 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 Molly Conlon (bunnie.mac@gmail.com) or Bill MacMillen (bmacm21@gmail.com) or with questions.


      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
      .



      • 15 Jun 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 Jun 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119
      • 35
      Register

      Please join us for an FCM Member Forum with Bill MacMillen on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm at Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples, FL 34119.


      The morning will include meditation and an extended period to ask Bill questions regarding personal practice, mindfulness practice, the new Practice Center in Tampa, or other questions dealing with Mindful Living. Questions may be asked spontaneously during the forum or placed in the bell to be read aloud.


      If you have your own cushion, please bring it with you. Some additional cushions, as well as chairs will be available for those who need them.


      While this event is free and open to all members, 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 forum, 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 in our "dana bowl" at the forum itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


      For more information you can contact - Anthony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


      • 20 Jun 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • FCM Practice Center, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
      Register

      The Day will involve sitting and walking mindfulness meditation, guided meditations and reflections, Dharma teachings, an opportunity for questions and answers, silent lunch, some lazy time, and mindful movements. Participants are requested to please respect and appreciate noble silence during the duration of the formal activities of the day. An opportunity for sharing and mindful conversation will be provided towards the end of the day.

       

      For your own benefit and the benefit of all, we ask that you plan to remain for the entire day.

       

      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 Daylong 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 in our "dana bowl" at the Daylong Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.

       

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




      • 21 Jun 2020
      • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
      • FCM, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604

      Sunday Sing is a short, informal gathering of people interested in FCM music. It provides an opportunity for singing, as well as a way to encourage more music at FCM.  We concentrate on learning and singing songs appropriate for FCM groups, including songs from the Plum Village tradition and other Buddhist and secular sources.  Sunday Sing will meet once per month on Sunday from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the meditation hall. Check our FCM calendar for dates.   


      For more information, contact Rick Ferris at rfrrazz@gmail.com 

      • 05 Jul 2020
      • 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 Sunday, July 5. 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. 

      • 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.


      • 03 Aug 2020
      • 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 Monday, August 3. 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. 

      • 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. 

      • 02 Sep 2020
      • 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 th