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    • 07 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person
    • 10

    with Roshis Chozen and Hogen Bays


    Once a student inquired of their teacher. How do I practice emptiness? The teacher replied, can you hear the sound of the stream? The student said, yes! I can hear it. Enter here, replied the teacher.


    We all have the capacity to know/experience the openness and spaciousness of our minds. Deep listening opens awareness through and beyond the perceived limits of the body and the self. It facilitates states of meditative absorption and can be deeply pleasurable.

    In this five day in-person retreat, participants will learn to utilize the practice of deep embodied listening/toning to open the boundless space of awareness. Listening deeply develops our capacity for connection with others, as we learn to actually hear them free from our projections, judgements and views. Listening is a practice of great compassion.

    The Florida Community of Mindfulness is delighted to be hosting two esteemed Zen teachers who are co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. Roshis Chozen and Hogen Bays will co-lead a five-day Zen ‘sound’ retreat that they have offered at Oregon for many years to ‘rave reviews’.

    Meditation sessions during the Sound Retreat will include periods of toning and periods of silence. Deep listening as our path will include recorded soundscapes and music, vocal toning, and the chorus of the natural world.


    The voice of rain and birds blessing the silence, the rustle of clothes, saxophone speaking soulfully, keyboards dancing through space. The myriad beautiful sounds-

    From where do they arise? Where do they dissolve? In what are they embraced?


    The retreat is appropriate for any students of the FCM’s Dharma or Wisdom Paths (or others with equivalent experience).  The retreat is in-person participation only at FCM’s Tampa Center due to the intimate nature of the listening that will be experienced during the retreat.


    Retreat Logistics

    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7 and ends after lunch on Sunday, February 12. Participation is open to both FCM members and non-members.


    The fee for in-person participation is $400 for overnighters and $300 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to register. The balance of the fee will be due by January 23.


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


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed, including retreat protocols, schedules, and Zoom links.


    The last day to register for this retreat is January 13.


    Retreat Leaders

    Roshi Chozen Bays has been the teacher for Zen Community of Oregon since 1985. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery and is co-abbot. In 2011 she also helped found Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland, Oregon. She has written books on mindfulness and mindful eating, and written articles published in Buddhadharma and Shambhala Sun.

    Roshi Hogen Bays began practicing Zen in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi doing residential training at Zen Center of Rochester and eventually at Zen Center of Los Angeles with Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He continued his Zen studies with Shodo Harada Roshi in Japan and on Whidbey Island from 1990 – 2015. He’s a psychologist and Naturopathic Doctor (ND). He is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery.


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


    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Fred Eppsteiner


    Description

    Our desire to create a new future for ourselves always seems to become thwarted or sabotaged by our past. Even though Buddhism clearly states that the past is gone and in no ‘real’ way exists anymore, its effects persist into the present. Seeking to create a happy and meaningful life, we often find ourselves still acting and reacting in long-standing habitual ways and continuing to hear the same old inner dialogue within and experiencing the same heavy mind states.


    Buddhist depth psychology has a clear and logically astute analysis of why this is happening and why it is difficult to break out of our conditioned patterning and habits of body, speech and mine. Most importantly, it provides a comprehensive methodology to take the ‘mystery’ out of the inner process of healing and transformation and offers an accessibly pragmatic path to help us break free of our conditioning and to change. It is a way of living that we can all undertake.


    This retreat will include formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, Dharma talks, Q&A sessions with Fred, deep listening periods, and opportunities for solitary practice. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. 


    Logistics

    This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and will benefit anyone with meditative experience and who has a desire to heal and transform to be free of the conditioning that continues to cause us suffering. The retreat will offer both in-person participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center and online participation. THIS REGISTRATION PAGE IS FOR IN-PERSON PARTICIPATION ONLY. Please visit the Online Retreat page if you wish to attend online.


    FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.


    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Thursday evening, March 16, followed by dinner at 5:45 and the opening session at 7:00. The retreat will end with at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 20.


    This registration is an application for in-person participation, with a $50 refundable deposit required at this time. We will contact you after registration closes to either let you know that an in-person spot is available or if not, to ask if you wish to participate online. Full payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    The fee for the retreat is $320 for overnighters (staying at Great Cloud) and $240 for commuters. Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM ’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed and registrants have been formally accepted for in-person participation.


    The last day to register for in-person participation in this retreat is February 17.


    Retreat Leader

    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.


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

    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Fred Eppsteiner


    Description

    Our desire to create a new future for ourselves always seems to become thwarted or sabotaged by our past. Even though Buddhism clearly states that the past is gone and in no ‘real’ way exists anymore, its effects persist into the present. Seeking to create a happy and meaningful life, we often find ourselves still acting and reacting in long-standing habitual ways and continuing to hear the same old inner dialogue within and experiencing the same heavy mind states.


    Buddhist depth psychology has a clear and logically astute analysis of why this is happening and why it is difficult to break out of our conditioned patterning and habits of body, speech and mind. Most importantly, it provides a comprehensive methodology to take the ‘mystery’ out of the inner process of healing and transformation and offers an accessibly pragmatic path to help us break free of our conditioning and to change. It is a way of living that we can all undertake.


    This retreat will include formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, Dharma talks, Q&A sessions with Fred, deep listening periods, and opportunities for solitary practice. As usual, this will be a silent retreat. The silence affords participants the opportunity to deepen their meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices presented during the retreat. 


    Logistics

    This retreat is open to both FCM members and non-members and will benefit anyone with meditative experience and who has a desire to heal and transform to be free of the conditioning that continues to cause us suffering. The retreat will offer both in-person participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center and online participation. THIS REGISTRATION PAGE IS FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION ONLY. Please visit the In-Person Retreat page if you wish to attend online.


    The retreat will begin with the opening session at 7:00. The retreat will end with at noon on Monday, March 20. 


    The fee for the retreat is $120. Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM ’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed.


    The last day to register for online participation in this retreat is March 13.


    Retreat Leader

    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.


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


    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 16 Apr 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    with Bryan Hindert


    Save the dates for this in-person introductory mindfulness and meditation retreat. More details and retreat registration will be available in January.

    • 12 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 14 May 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tampa Center and on Zoom

    with Betsy Arizu and Angie Parrish


    Save the dates for this in-person Women's Weekend Retreat, where we will be offering a Jizo Ceremony for remembrance and healing for women who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, abortion, still birth, neonatal death or giving up a baby for adoption at birth. . More information will be available in February.

    • 03 Jun 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 10 Jun 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Tampa Center and on Zoom

    with Fred Eppsteiner


    Save the dates for this in-person seven-day silent meditation retreat with Fred. More information will be available in March. 

    • 14 Jul 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 16 Jul 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    with Angie Parrish, Evelyn Greenfield, and Maria Teresa Jaureguizar


    Save the dates for this in-person loving kindness and yoga retreat. More details and retreat registration will be available in March.

    • 15 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 17 Sep 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    with Betsy Arizu and Brandy Kidd


    Save the dates for this foundational retreat on freeing ourselves from the inner critic . More details and retreat registration will be available in March.

    • 19 Oct 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 22 Oct 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Tampa Center and on Zoom

    with Fred Eppsteiner


    Save the dates for this in-person (and on Zoom) four-day silent meditation retreat with Fred. The topic will be announced and retreat registration opened in July.

    • 10 Nov 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 12 Nov 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tampa Center

    with Bryan Hindert


    Save the dates for this in-person introductory mindfulness and meditation retreat. More details and retreat registration will be available in August.

    • 06 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Dec 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Tampa Center and on Zoom

    with Guo Gu


    Save the dates for this in-person (and on Zoom) five-day silent meditation retreat with Guo Gu. The topic will be announced and retreat registration opened in September.

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

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