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    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person

    Fred Eppsteiner


    A Four-day Retreat for All Levels of Practitioners


    Description

    Whether your recent Dharma studies and practice have focused on exploring your relationship to the contents of experience (such as in our current Mindful Living Path Intensive) or looking into the experience of mind itself (as those on the Dharma and Wisdom paths have done), all practitioners can deepen their practice by being on retreat. Retreat gives us the opportunity for extended periods of silence, stillness and focus so that the teachings and meditations we are learning can penetrate more deeply than when we are constantly involved in the ongoing business of our daily routines.


    Fred is delighted to be offering all of us the opportunity to retreat together for four full days in June, when he will transmit the Buddha’s teachings and practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These teachings were the foundation of the Buddha’s meditation system and are the basis for living a wholesome and happy life. Learning to be aware and present to both the experiences of one’s body and to the experiences of one's mind is the practice of full awareness.

    Those who are newer practitioners will benefit from the four-day immersion with these fundamental practices. Experienced practitioners who may have some experiences with the Four Foundations but who continue to, from time-to-time, be plagued by reactivity and lapses of mindfulness will also benefit by strengthening their base of practice.

    In this retreat, we will reflect and meditate deeply on these Four Foundations, and develop realistic strategies for incorporating them in our lives. Whether in relationship to our bodies and minds or the people and situations we encounter, the “how” of entering life fully will be explored in the Dharma talks and meditation periods. Obstacles and challenges to living a mindful life will be dealt with.


    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. The retreat will include formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, daily Dharma talks, Q&A sessions with Fred, deep listening periods, and opportunities for solitary practice.


    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 experience who they truly are. 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 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening, June 1, followed by dinner at 6:00 and the opening session at 7:15. The retreat will end with lunch on Sunday, June 5. 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, 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. 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 May 11.


    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.


    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    Fred Eppsteiner


    A Four-day Retreat for All Levels of Practitioners


    Description

    Whether your recent Dharma studies and practice have focused on exploring your relationship to the contents of experience (such as in our current Mindful Living Path Intensive) or looking into the experience of mind itself (as those on the Dharma and Wisdom paths have done), all practitioners can deepen their practice by being on retreat. Retreat gives us the opportunity for extended periods of silence, stillness and focus so that the teachings and meditations we are learning can penetrate more deeply than when we are constantly involved in the ongoing business of our daily routines.


    Fred is delighted to be offering all of us the opportunity to retreat together for four full days in June, when he will transmit the Buddha’s teachings and practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These teachings were the foundation of the Buddha’s meditation system and are the basis for living a wholesome and happy life. Learning to be aware and present to both the experiences of one’s body and to the experiences of one's mind is the practice of full awareness.

    Those who are newer practitioners will benefit from the four-day immersion with these fundamental practices. Experienced practitioners who may have some experiences with the Four Foundations but who continue to, from time-to-time, be plagued by reactivity and lapses of mindfulness will also benefit by strengthening their base of practice.

    In this retreat, we will reflect and meditate deeply on these Four Foundations, and develop realistic strategies for incorporating them in our lives. Whether in relationship to our bodies and minds or the people and situations we encounter, the “how” of entering life fully will be explored in the Dharma talks and meditation periods. Obstacles and challenges to living a mindful life will be dealt with.


    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. The retreat will include formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations, daily Dharma talks, Q&A sessions with Fred, deep listening periods, and opportunities for solitary practice.


    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 experience who they truly are. 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 in-person.


    The retreat will begin at 7:15 pm on Wednesday evening, June 1. The retreat will end at noon on Sunday, June 5. 


    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 May 25.


    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.


    • 15 Jul 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • In-Person
    • 18
    Register

    Angie Parrish, Maria Teresa Jaureguizar, and Evelyn Greenfield


    A Weekend Retreat for All Levels of Practitioners


    “I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.”

    The Dalai Lama

    Description

    When our hearts are truly open, we are naturally loving, generous, connected and happy. We live with equanimity and understanding, meeting whatever circumstances that arise with wisdom and compassion. We are connected with and living from love.


    When we encounter the suffering of the world, these natural qualities of the heart can sometimes become covered over with fear, anger, and sadness. A metaphorical shell may form around the heart, creating a barrier between us and others, particularly those we dislike or may even hate. We may even carry the suffering in our bodies. Sadly, the world is afire today with suffering, divisiveness, anger and hate, and many hearts are encased in hard shells. How can we help ourselves, each other, and the world to rediscover our common humanity and to live from this natural place of love?


    Buddhism teaches that we can cultivate and live from this open, loving heart through the practice of metta, which is the Pali word for friendship or loving kindness. Through the practice of loving kindness meditation and three related practices – compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity – we apply the antidote to the misunderstanding, anger and hatred in our hearts and in the world. These practices lead to an unlimited capacity for happiness, fearlessness, and love, and are therefore known as the “four immeasurables.” At the same time, the practice of gentle, mindful yoga can help us move and release constriction and other embodied suffering, enabling the mind and the body to fully relax and open.


    In this weekend retreat, we will practice these four immeasurables, allowing them to penetrate our minds and hearts. Fred will join us Saturday evening to work with participants in the important and often very difficult practice of bringing compassion (Tonglen) to our own suffering. Our practice will be supported by periods of mindful yoga, deep relaxation, and the environment of our beautiful retreat center.


    Logistics

    This retreat will be beneficial for both newcomers to meditation and experienced mindfulness practitioners with an interest in loving kindness and compassion meditation. For newcomers, the retreat will offer introductory practices of mindfulness, kindness and compassion which can develop our natural capacities for connection with ourselves and others. Experienced practitioners will re-invigorate their mindfulness practice and deepen their understanding of loving kindness and compassion practices in support of greater ease and wellbeing. All yoga will be gentle and appropriate for beginners and/or those with physical conditions that may need extra care.


    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 5:30 pm on Friday evening, July 15, followed by dinner at 6:00 and the opening session at 7:15. The retreat will end on Sunday, June 17 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 the retreat is $160 for those staying overnight at the center and $120 for those who choose to commute. 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 June 5.


    Retreat Leaders

    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 leads Intensives and retreats for FCM and teaches MBSR and other classes for the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She enjoys nature, hiking, and supporting anyone interested in cultivating more ease and joy in their life.


    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.


    Evelyn Greenfield will be guiding gentle yoga for this retreat. Evelyn graduated from the Florida Institute of Integrative yoga studies in 2002. She is a 500 ERYT, YACEP and has been teaching for over 15 years. She has 2 sons, 4 granddaughters and two dogs.


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

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

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