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    • 11 Nov 2022
    • 13 Nov 2022
    • In-Person
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Subject to availability, lodging at Great Cloud Refuge is being offered to FCM members who have registered for the one day retreat with Guo Gu. Please do not register for lodging until you have registered for the retreat.


    The fee is $35 per night for those staying overnight at the center 


    Please register by September 23.


    We will notify you by September 25 to confirm that lodging is available.


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

    • 12 Nov 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    In this day-long retreat, Guo Gu will introduce two distinct methods of Chan Buddhism and bring them together as an embodied approach to love and freedom. The retreat includes 30-minute sitting meditation periods punctuated by mindful yoga and walking meditation, and will end with an opportunity for Q&A. This one-day retreat is open to all, and is held in-person at the Florida Community of Mindfulness in Tampa, FL, and will be streamed on Zoom.


    Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center, the founder of the socially engaged intra-denominational Buddhist organization, Dharma Relief, and a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. He studied under the late Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years, nine of which as his attendant monk and most senior and closest disciple. He is the author of The Essence of Chan (2012), Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (2016), and Silent Illumination (2021).


    Please note that the fee for this one day retreat has been set intentionally low to make access possible for all. Please pay when completing this registration, as there is a hall capacity limit that we need to observe. Any dana that you may offer in addition to the fee will help to support Guo Gu's teaching and Chan community in Tallahassee.


    Registration for In-person attendance closes September 25.


    • 17 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 20 Nov 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Fred Eppsteiner


    Description

    This four-day retreat will focus on teachings and practices taken from the Buddhist text, The Seven Verses (or Points) of Mind Training. These mind instructions focus on showing us how – even in the midst of great uncertainty in our world – our minds can be retrained to manifest lovingkindness, compassion and understanding in all the activities of our daily life. The transformation of adversity into the path of awakening is an especial focus of these mind trainings.  


    We will use the retreat environment to practice more deeply various slogans or verses that show us how to cultivate an enlightened attitude in all circumstance. Examples include:

    • Drive all blame into one (egocentricity)
    • Be grateful to everyone
    • Always have the support of a joyful mind
    • Don’t think about the affairs of others
    • Work on the stronger disturbing emotions first
    • This time practice the important points

    As usual, this will be a silent retreat. Fred will be presenting these teachings and practices with clarity and concreteness so that they can easily become a daily practice for all participants to embrace. The silence of retreat affords us the opportunity to deepen our meditative experience while absorbing the experiential meaning of the teachings and practices being presented.


    This retreat is appropriate for individuals who have previous experience with the mind trainings and those new to them. It is open to persons (member and non-members) who have attended a retreat with FCM or another Buddhist group in the past. First time retreatants should first attend one of FCM s weekend retreats, such as the upcoming Miracle of Mindfulness weekend retreat in December.


    Logistics

    For in-person participants (including both overnighters and commuters), the retreat will begin with orientation and dinner at 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 17 and end after lunch on Sunday, November 20. Online participants will join the retreat at 7:00 pm on November 17 and end at noon on November 20. 


    The fee for online participation is $90. FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. 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 Coordinator will be sending additional information to registrants closer to the retreat start date, including at-home practice guidelines and Zoom information.


    The last day to register is Thursday, November 10.


    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 Kevin at kevinconlin@gmail.com.

    • 09 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Dec 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • In-Person
    • 29
    Register

    Bryan Hindert and Maria Teresa Jaureguizar


    The Miracle of Mindfulness

    An Introductory Weekend Meditation Retreat


    Description

    In our modern world, we have countless ways to stay busy, informed, entertained, and otherwise distracted from the moment we wake up until we go to bed at night. We can easily spend our entire day completely disconnected from our actual experience and unaware of what thoughts and mind-states we are cultivating throughout our busy days. If we do have a moment to stop, we may find that we feel uneasy, agitated, bored, anxious, stressed, in despair, or otherwise uncomfortable in our bodies and our minds. 


    Luckily, as so many people throughout the world are discovering, there is another way. Through what the beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh called, “The Miracle of Mindfulness,” we can learn how to be at ease in the present moment. We can learn to use our minds in a way that nourishes our well-being and helps us to feel whole again. Through cultivating mindfulness of the body, breath, and mind, we can learn to develop peace within ourselves and to enjoy the simple experience of being alive.  


    In this two-day Introductory Retreat, participants will learn mindfulness and meditation practices that calm and nourish the body and mind. There will be both formal instruction as well as off-the-cushion” practice in areas such as walking, eating, mindful movements and work meditation. There will be periods of Q&A and deep sharing within a setting that is mostly silent, offering participants the opportunity to retreat from digital devices and other distractions that so often clutter our minds and cover the natural spaciousness that lies beneath the noise.”


    This retreat will be beneficial for both newcomers to meditation and more experienced mindfulness practitioners with an interest living with more ease in the present moment. 


    Logistics

    This retreat is being offered in-person only to be of most benefit to participants.


    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 Friday evening, December 9, followed by dinner at 5:45 and the opening session at 7:00. The retreat will end on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 pm. This registration is an application for in-person participation, so no payment is accepted 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. Full payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    The fee for in-person participation is $160 for overnighters and $120 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to register. The deposit is fully refundable through December 20, after retreat acceptances have been relayed. 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. The balance of payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. 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 theyve 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 Coordinator will be sending additional information to registrants closer to the retreat start date, including at-home practice guidelines and Zoom information.


    The last day to register for this retreat is November 15.


    Retreat Leaders

    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.  


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as Community Care Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, spending time in nature, and going for walks with family, friends, and pets.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Bryan at bbhindert@gmail.com.

    • 07 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 1:00 PM

    Save the dates for this sound retreat with the Roshis. More information will be posted soon.

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

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