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    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 21 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Many of us suffer from afflictive reactive patterns of body, speech and mind which cause suffering to ourselves and others. Doing harm to ourselves or to others, whatever the intensity, only perpetuates historical patterns of negativity. These actions not only keep us in pain-producing feedback loops, but also rob us of the energy needed to move our life in positive and transformative directions.

    To create the fertile soil in which our wholesome seeds can deeply take root and blossom, we must change the overall orientation of our minds from a narrowly constricted and delusive view to a mind illuminated by the intelligence and compassion of the Dharma path. As long as our minds are ensnared in wrong views, we will reap the results of suffering and dis-ease.

    In this retreat, Fred will offer Buddhist teachings and practices that help us turn away from the worldly orientation that breeds reactive mind states. Instead, we will learn how to create conditions in our mind where our wholesome aspirations of body, speech and mind can germinate and flourish. Through teachings, guided meditations and personal reflection, participants will gain a deeper realization that will support their path of transformation.

    In this four-day on-line retreat, Dharma talks, guided meditations, experiential exercises and group dialogues will give participants the opportunity to meet the challenges of practice with new confidence in walking the path of awakening.

    This retreat is appropriate for practitioners at all levels, including both those new to Buddhist practice and longer-term practitioners. This retreat is open to both members and non-members of FCM.

    The retreat registration fee is $100. The fee covers 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 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.

    The retreat begins on Wednesday evening, March 17 at 7:00 pm and ends on Sunday, March 21, at noon. We ask that participants plan to participate in the entire retreat, and to do so with the same energy of commitment and dedication as one would bring to an in-person residential retreat. We will be sending you a retreat schedule to follow and practice guidelines to help you create conditions in your home to support your retreat. 

    The retreat will include 3-4 Practice Sessions for meditation daily, Dharma talks and instruction, and group sharing, along with "off line" time for meals & rest, outdoor walking, personal practice, and time to take care of essential household tasks and responsibilities. If you cannot be fully present for all of the days of the retreat, within the flexibility of the schedule as described above, please do not register.

    Registration will close on Friday, March 5.

    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 18 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 30

    An Online Weekend Retreat
    Friday, April 16, 7:00 pm through Sunday, April 18, noon

    Although many of us may have heard that it is beneficial to live in the present moment, and perhaps have even spent time attempting to do so, if we are honest, how often do we actually dwell in the present? As the events of the past year have unfolded, have we been able to stay anchored in our present moment experience, or have we been swept away by fear, anger, or other mind-states?  Have we been able to connect with and stay in touch with what is nourishing in our lives right now, or have we gotten stuck in worrying about what might come or frustrated about current events?

    In the Buddhist tradition, the ability to keep our minds grounded in what is happening right now, in our immediate experience, is considered the foundation of the path of healing and transformation. In our modern world, we might add that anchoring our minds in the present and learning to connect with the nourishing elements of our lives is essential for our very wellbeing. 

    In this retreat, Bryan will share traditional Buddhist teachings and practices aimed at helping us anchor our minds in the present moment and nourish our minds in the wholesome aspects of our experience. By cultivating the various aspects of mindfulness in this way, participants will experience how we can create a solid and healthy ground within our own minds from which we can enter the ups and downs of life. 

    The retreat will begin Friday evening, April 16th and end Sunday at noon, April 18th. It will consist of a Friday evening session (7 to 9 pm), an all-day Saturday session (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 nonmembers. 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. It will be especially supportive for those currently participating in the MLP Intensive: Calming, Unifying and Opening the Mind. For more information on FCM’s Three Paths of Practice click here.

    The retreat registration fee is $40. 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

    Registration is limited to 40 individuals and will close on April 2.

    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.  

    • 29 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 05 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Save the date - please check back for more information and to register.

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

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