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    • 12 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 15 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    This retreat will be offered fully online and is open to both FCM members and nonmembers. 

    From morning until night, our minds are our constant companion. As much as we may attempt to distract ourselves, we cannot get away from our mind or the thoughts and emotions which arise within it. For many of us, our relationship with our mind is one of frustration and struggle. Even though we may have begun to practice mindfulness and meditation, all sorts of difficult mind-states may continue to arise within our minds. It can even sometimes feel as though our minds will never be tamed and that our practice has all been for naught. 

    In the Buddhist path, we learn to transform the landscape of our mind over time from one dominated by suffering to one dominated by a sense of well-being. However, equally important is learning how to relate to our mind in a new way through understanding the basic mental processes that are conditioning what is arising within it. This understanding combined with an ability to be keenly aware of what is happening within our minds, can empower us to relate to whatever is arising with ease and clarity, without blame or frustration. 

    In this 3-day retreat, we will focus on the teachings of Buddhist psychology to help us understand why things unfold the way they do within our minds. We will also focus on various meditative and mindfulness practices aimed at turning our awareness inward and skillfully working with and relating to the thoughts and emotions arising.

    The retreat will begin Thursday evening, August 12 and end Sunday at noon, August 15. It will consist of a Thursday evening session (7 pm to 9 pm), all-day Friday and Saturday sessions (7 am to 9 pm), and a Sunday session (7 am to noon). The retreat will be conducted entirely on Zoom.

    This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members. Offered as a Mindful Living Path Retreat, it is appropriate for both those new to practice, as well as those more experienced who want to strengthen their understanding of the foundational teachings and practices and renew and energize their practice at all levels. For more information on FCM’s Three Paths of Practice click here.

    The retreat registration fee is $90. A number of Retreat Scholarships are available. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat.

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

    Bryan Hindert will be leading this retreat. Bryan 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.  

    The last day to register for the retreat is August 10th.

    • 01 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 06 Sep 2021
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • 6501 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604

    Look at what your body is – it is not you
    But an image in the mirror of awareness,
    Just like the reflection of the moon on the water.

    Look at what your mind is – it is not
    The thoughts and feelings that appear within it
    But the bright knowing space that holds them.

                       -Chan master Han-shan Te-ching (1546–1623)

    Since the time of the Buddha, countless teachers have pointed out the innate simplicity and spontaneous wisdom of our true mind. Unfettered by conditioning and emotional reactivity, this mind has the capacity to guide and support us spontaneously in living an awakened life. Chan (Zen) master Han-shan was a great meditation master and reformer who lit the light of direct awakening in 17th century China. Utilizing the teachings and poetry of Han-shan, this retreat will focus on facilitating participants meditative experience of their original and natural mind and show how to integrate this understanding into all circumstances of daily life. Directly experiencing the mind and all the things that appear in it (especially the self!) as empty of any substance or solidity allows one to break through into the totally open and spacious mind nature. This is the basis of true transformation.


    The retreat will include four Practice Sessions daily that will include silent and guided meditation, Dharma talks and instructions, meetings with Fred, opportunities for Q&A, group sharing, work meditation, along with time for meals & rest, outdoor walking, and time for personal practice. 


    This retreat is a Wisdom Path Retreat and is appropriate for those FCM members who have previously participated in a Wisdom Path Intensive or retreat, or for those who are walking the Dharma Path and feel ready for a deeper exploration of the nature of mind through meditation. For information on the Mindful Living Path see the FCM’s Three Paths of Practice on our website.

    The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday, September 1, and ends after lunch on Monday, September 6.

    The retreat is being held in-person at the Florida Community of Mindfulness Practice Center. Accommodations are offered on our FCM campus in our newly completed Great Cloud Refuge building. The registration fee is $400 for double occupancy rooms with twin beds and $325 for a limited number of bunk bed rooms (one with one bunk set, one with two sets). If there is someone you wish to room with, please indicate their name when you register. Note: Please do NOT pay at the time of registration; when you are notified of being accepted into the retreat (shortly after the registration deadline specified below), we will then ask you to make your payment.

    The registration fee covers both room and board (three vegan meals daily), as well as any administrative and incidental expenses connected to the retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.

    A limited number of Retreat Scholarships are available. Please click here to see FCMs Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat which is August 11.

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

    The last day to register for the retreat is August 11.  

    *Please note that your registration does not guarantee acceptance into the retreat. Once registration has closed, all who registered will be considered for acceptance into the retreat. You will be notified if you have been accepted into the retreat within a few days of the closing of registration. 

    Please note that participation in this retreat is open to only members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. While participation in many of our online  programs are open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats. 

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

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