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    • 19 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • Non-residential Retreat at Tampa Center, 6501 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

        Florida Community of Mindfulness


    Verses on Trust in Mind

    A Non-residential Retreat at the Tampa Center With Roshi Hogen Bays


    February 19 - 23, 2020


    The Great Way is not difficult

    for those who have no preferences

    When love and hate are both absent

    everything becomes clear and undisguised.


    So begins the Third Chan (Zen) Patriarch’s deeply respected and much recited poem, "Verses on Trust in Mind.” This teaching from the Third Patriarch presents the timeless Dharma truths of non-duality in language of simple clarity that shows us how the practice the Way in our daily life.


    FCM welcomes Roshi Hogen Bays of Portland, Oregon back to the Tampa Practice Center for a four-day retreat February 19-23 based on understanding and practicing this profoundly beautiful text. Relying on traditional Buddhist teachings and practices, Roshi Bays will be presenting these teachings and practices with insight and concreteness so that they can easily become daily practices each participant can embrace. 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.


    Hogen is a Zen priest of the White Plum Sangha, a leader of the Zen Community of Oregon, and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. A practitioner of Zen Buddhism for 50 years, Hogen began his practice in 1969 under Philip Kapleau at Rochester Zen Center and was a Dharma brother of our teacher Fred. He lived and trained at Zen Center of Los Angeles under the direction of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi from 1980-1984 and took priest’s ordination. After advice and consultation with Harada, Roshi and other Zen teachers, in 2000 he received Dharma Transmission from Chozen Roshi. Hogen holds a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Master’s Degree (MS) in Psychology. He worked for the Oregon Department of Corrections for 15 years.


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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 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, February 19, and ends after lunch on Sunday, February 23. 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 January 22. 


    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.

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




    • 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




    • 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




    • 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




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

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