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    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Non-residential Retreat at Tampa Center, 6501 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
    Registration is closed

        

    Florida Community of Mindfulness


    The Fundamentals: The Four Seals of Buddhism

    A Non-residential Retreat at the Tampa Center


    October 24-28, 2019



    The Four Seals are what the Buddha taught to help people clearly understand the fundamental characteristics that ‘stamp’ all human experience. They are the Buddha’s understanding of reality and thus can be confirmed through our own experience. Through analytical introspection and direct observation, the essential truths of reality can be clearly seen by anyone who contemplates these Four Seals. This facilitates the birth of true wisdom so that we can live with greater discernment, intelligence and an enhanced ability to make wise decisions and choices in our life.


    The Four Seals are impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, non-self, and nirvana or true peace. During this four-day non-residential retreat, Fred will offer talks, guided meditations, and direct meditative experience to help participants develop a clarity of view that supports a strong personal capacity for wise action in all aspects of one’s life. This retreat is open to all members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness irrespective of their length of membership.


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    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 members are invited to make their own arrangements for accommodations either at the home of sangha friends or hotels. Our FCM Member Bed and Breakfast program will find lodgings for any out-of-town members in need of help.


    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 Thursday, October 24, and ends after lunch on Monday, October 28. We ask that all participants attend the entire time of the retreat (6 to 9 pm Thursday; 6:30 am to 9:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and 6:30 am to 1 pm Monday); 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 September 16. 


    Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all members who registered by the posted cut off date will be considered for acceptance into the retreat based on creating a balance between newer members and longer term ones; between those whove gone to several or many retreats in the past year and those who havent; between those that live in the Tampa Bay area and those that live in other placesRegistrants 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
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    Please note that participation in this retreat is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Other retreats and activities are offered to nonmembers as well, so please check our calendar for more information.


    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 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 by Fred Eppsteiner and Ken Lenington, 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



    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
    .

    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Zoom Attendance for this Daylong Retreat with Fred is Open only to FCM members currently registered in the Fall 2019 Dharma Path Intensive.   


    Please register here if you are in the Intensive and cannot attend in person.  If you have already registered for the Daylong  in-person, go ahead and register here again and we will take you off the other list.


    Zoom webinar instructions will be emailed to you after you have registered here.


    In order to get the maximum benefit from participating in the Daylong Retreat via Zoom,  please plan to participate the full time from 9 am to 4  pm, observing Noble Silence throughout the day, and restraining from engagement with other digital devises, interruptions and distractions. Please fully practice the activities you see on the screen, including sitting and walking meditation, listening to the Dharma talk, a mindful lunch, and mindful movement, etc.  There will be an opportunity for sharing towards the end of the day.


    Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center online is greatly appreciated.


    Contact name and email for more information - Kevin Conlin, kevinconlin@gmail.com or (352) 281-7110.

      




    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119
    • 32
    Register

    Please join us for a Half Day Retreat on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Naples, Florida at the Inner Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples, FL 34119.


    This half day of silence will include a Dharma talk by an FCM Senior Student, Diane Powell, and periods of sitting and walking meditation.  Please bring your own cushion if you have one. Extra cushions, as well as chairs, will also be available.


    While this event is free and open to all practitioners, it is necessary to register in advance to help with our planning and set-up.  Because many people have expressed a desire to make donations online rather than bringing cash or a check to the Half Day Retreat, we offer several registration options that permit an online donation. However, please understand that you do not need to make an online donation to register and that we welcome any support you may wish to offer at the Half Day Retreat itself. Your generosity in providing a donation or "Dana" for the support of our teacher and Practice Center is greatly appreciated.


    PLEASE NOTE: We have space limitations and have generally had a waiting list for our Naples Half Day Retreats. Out of consideration for others who would like to attend, please notify us at least 24 hours before the Half Day Retreat if you will be unable to attend so that we can fill the space. Instructions for canceling will be in the confirmation email you will receive when you register.


    Contact name and email for more information - Tony Pollitt, fanthonypollitt@gmail.com


    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 Dec 2019
    • 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 with Senior Student Bryan Hindert, 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



    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
    .

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

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