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Upcoming Intensives

Our calendar lists upcoming Intensives of FCM. Please click on an event for more information or to register. More information about FCM's Intensives can also be found in our Programs section.


    • 19 Feb 2018
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    Wisdom Path 2018 Intensive

    The Meditative Path That Culminates in Wisdom

    A Year-Long Intensive beginning February 19, 2018

     

    With a firm foundation of daily practice, a clear aspiration, and mental and emotional stability and clarity, we are now ready to look more deeply into life and personal experience in order to awaken to the reality of non-self, emptiness, and our natural mind. At this point, the meditative exploration of the teachings is experiential, immediate and aims for a “break-through” or a “break-out” into a radically new unfettered view of life and reality. A life of true ease, wisdom, love and selfless service becomes available to us.    (Description of the Wisdom Path from FCM website)


    The Buddhist Path presents us with many teachings of a philosophical and psychological nature that help us correct fundamental misperceptions about life. Based on these deep seated wrong views, we often think, speak and act in ways that produce unhappiness and affliction in our lives. While Buddhist teachings are most instructive and helpful, if we don’t take them deeper than an intellectual understanding, their power to heal and transform will only be intermittent in our lives.


    Therefore, in addition to Right View, the Buddhist Path presents a meditative path that will help us directly and concretely uproot our most fundamental misperceptions about life and correct and replace long-standing bad habits of body and mind. By bringing the Buddhist meditative path into our lives, our ability to live a life of wholesome emotionality, mental clarity and inner peace becomes realizable.


    The Buddhist meditative path incorporates mindfulness, concentration, and insight (smirti, samatha, prajna) as its three pillars. While these meditation practices are available to all levels of practitioners, they vary in depth and difficulty based on one’s years of practice and meditative experience.


    Beginning in February, Fred is offering this year-long Intensive on the Buddhist ‘meditative path that culminates in wisdom’ to experienced and longer-term members of our community. It is a Wisdom Path Intensive, and the teachings and practices will be based on the Buddhist lineages that aim at a ‘break through’ experience.


    The Dana for the year-long Intensive is $250. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation. You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.


    Criteria for participation in this year-long Intensive are the following:

    • Has been an active and stable FCM member for at least 4 years or has other comparable experience in a Buddhist meditative tradition
    • Has had a daily sitting meditation practice of at least 30-45 minutes for at least one year, demonstrates emotional stability in one’s life, and can maintain a self-directed meditative practice
    • Has attended at least one 7-day Southern Dharma Retreat with Fred (or equivalent) and/or at least 2 four day retreats with Fred
    • Has taken part in at least 3 Dharma Path and/or Wisdom Path Intensives
    • Has an ongoing student/teacher relationship with Fred

    If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria for this Intensive, contact Fred directly.

       

    The commitments for this Intensive are the following:

    • 1.5 hours of formal meditation practice and study daily
    • Fulfillment of all the readings and practices of the intensive
    • Attendance at Monthly Dharma Talks (via Zoom)
    • Bi-weekly small-group Zoom video conferencing calls with Fred
    • Attendance at either a seven-day Southern Dharma retreat or a solitary retreat of a minimum of 7 nights at Empty Cloud or elsewhere
    • Regular attendance at Thursday extended meditation in Tampa (if possible) and at all Days of Mindfulness of one’s local sangha
    • A monthly one-on-one practice consultation with Fred

    Please note that preferences regarding days/times for small-group Zoom meetings with Fred will be solicited after registration closes.


    Registration will close on January 29. To ensure you register by this date, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.


    • 19 Feb 2018
    • All locations
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    Dharma Path Winter 2018 Intensive

    Deconstructing the Myth of Self, A Six-Month Practice Intensive

    Part II: February 19 – May 14

     

    “To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to be free from attachment to the body and mind of one's self and of others.” --   Zen Master Dogen


    For students of Dharma, the issues of ‘self and ego’ and ‘non-self and non-ego’ are central to our spiritual quest and awakening. The intellectual and, most importantly, experiential resolution of this seeming paradox that what appears to be solid and real is not  has major implications for the well-being or ill-being that we experience daily in our personal lives. The Buddha stated that our belief in the permanent and solid nature of oneself in a world of other solid selves is the major cause of our ensnarement in self-created dissatisfaction, confusion and emotional afflictions. It is this fundamental ignorance of the way things really are (Ultimate Reality) that prevents us from experiencing our fundamental oneness and connection with everything and everyone.


    The focus of this Intensive and the overriding commitment of all participants is to undertake a deep, comprehensive, and penetrative look at the self in an intellectual/analytical, psychological, and, most importantly, experiential/meditative manner. The intent is to ground participants in the traditional Buddhist philosophical and psychological teachings and practices related to self/non-self, as well as to personalize and individualize these practices for each participant.


    In the first part of the intensive, we watched ourselves closely as we got to know the various ways our particular self manifests in the world, both inwardly and outwardly. We also looked deeply, using western psychological perspectives, in order to see both the underlying core beliefs and schemas that drive much of the self-inflicted drama of our lives, as well as the conditioning that gave rise to these ways of being in the world. 


    As we go forward into the second part of the intensive, we will continue our exploration of the self, now from the perspective of Buddhist psychology, Yogacara, and other Buddhist teachings. We will be looking into what it is like to live life from a sense of self, what the structure of that self is, and whether there is anything substantial there at all as we take apart the various aspects that make up a self.


    Part 2 of this intensive is open to those who completed the first half of this intensive, those who participated in the 2017 Shantideva Intensive, or with permission from the intensive leaders, Bryan and Diane.


    Participants in this Intensive will be provided with a path of practice that will include mentoring, readings, meditation practices, and daily living assignments. Dharma talks by the senior students leading the Intensive will be offered through Zoom video-conferencing. Mentoring by senior students will be offered in small groups (mentoring groups)  also using Zoom video-conferencing. You will be asked to indicate your preferences for available meeting times of your mentoring group when you register for the Intensive. So please have your calendar handy before you click to register.


    Peer group meetings, offered in-person or by Zoom, will provide an opportunity for participants to share and provide mutual support to each other.  For this Intensive, peer groups will be on an optional, drop-in basis. Finally, Fred will offer a Forum in Tampa to answer questions and interact with participants. The Forum will be live-streamed so that those in other locations can participate.


    The commitments for this Intensive are listed below. Before registering for the Intensive please read the commitments and reflect carefully on whether you will be able to keep them.


    Commitments for each Intensive participant:

    1. Minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive, e.g. maintaining a daily log/journal
    2. Participate in your assigned bi-weekly video-conference mentoring group
    3. Be present for the Zoom Dharma Talks
    4. Be present for the Forum with Fred, in person or by livestream
    5. Read all Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive
    6. Attend all the practice periods of your Sangha during the Intensive, as possible

    There is a suggested donation of $100 associated with this Intensive. This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on ones individual practice of Dana and ones  financial situation. You may pay on-line when you register, or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.

     

    This Intensive will begin on February 19 and end on May 14. Readings and Zoom teleconference/phone call instructions will be announced once registration has been completed. Dharma texts to be read will be announced once registration has been completed.


    Registration will close on January 29. To ensure you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.

     

    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

    Please read the information below before you click to register.


    Mentoring Groups. When you register, you will also be asked to indicate your preferences for the Mentoring Groups offered through Zoom. The following ten mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following: my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 

    Group #1Tuesday 7:30-8:30 am Mar 6 & 20, Apr. 3 & 17May 1


    Group #2: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Feb. 27, Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 10 & 24


    Group #3: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm Mar. 6 & 20, Apr. 3 & 17, May 1


    Group #4  Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm Feb. 27, Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 10 & 24


    Group #5: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am Feb. 28, Mar. 14 & 28, Apr. 11 & 25


    Group #6: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am Mar. 7 & 21, Apr. 4 & 18, May 2


    Group #7: Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am Feb. 28, Mar. 14 & 28, Apr. 11 & 25


    Group #8: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Feb. 28, Mar. 14 & 28, Apr. 11 & 25


    Group #9 Thursdays 7:30-8:30 am Mar. 1, 15 & 29, Apr. 12 & 26


    Group #10 Thursdays 7:30- 8:00 am Mar 8 & 22, April 5 & 19, and May 3

      

    Choices for optional Peer Groups: Fort Myers, Naples, St. Petersburg, Tampa, or by Phone. For Tampa only, please indicate your preferred meeting time (Sundays at 8:40-9:40 am or Sundays at 12:45-1:45 pm). Please indicate all the choices that you would be able to attend.

    • 19 Feb 2018
    • All locations
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    Mindful Living Path Winter 2018 Intensive

    Mindfulness Practices for Emotional Healing: Learning to Live with Ease and Equanimity


    A core aspect of The Mindful Living Path of the FCM Study and Practice Guide is stabilizing our minds and healing the psycho-emotional wounds that we’ve carried for many years. Buddhist teachings include concrete practices for understanding and transforming our deep-seated emotional afflictions and reactivity so that we can live our daily lives with greater ease, well-being and equanimity.


    This Intensive will focus on the foundational practices of awareness of the body, awareness of thoughts, and awareness of feelings. Grounded in mindfulness we can learn to be present and open to strong emotions (such as anger, fear and sadness) instead of our habitual patterns of pushing them away or being swept away by them. Holding these feelings in awareness we can look deeply into their origins in our past conditioning, identify the misperceptions that feed them, and see clearly their true nature of impermanence and insubstantiality. The readings and other supports of this Intensive will present a clear and systematic path for developing the skills and competencies that enable us to take care of our emotional suffering, and lead to self-healing and personal transformation.


    solid foundation of mindfulness and meditation is essential to our healing and transformation.  This intensive is open to FCM members who have gained that foundation by participating in one or more of the following:

    • Foundational Practices for Happiness & Solidity – Summer 2017 Intensive 
    • Mindfulness and Meditation: Deepening the Foundations of Practice – Fall 2017 Intensive
    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
    • Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 
    • A solid mindfulness and meditation practice developed through other intensives, classes or settings.   If you have any questions about whether this intensive is right for you please contact Betsy barizu@yahoo.com or Jacqulyn (727-433-3437).   

    Participants in this Intensive will be provided with a path of practice that will include specific readings, meditation practices, and daily life assignments. There be four Dharma Talks, bi-weekly mentoring group calls for individual guidance and support, two Forums with Fred, and participation in a peer group either in-person or via Zoom teleconference/phone. You will find more specific information about the path of Mindful Living, in the Paths of Practice section under the Programs tab on our website.  


    Commitments for each Intensive participant: 

    1. Minimum of 30 minutes of daily formal meditation and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    2. Participate in monthly Dharma talks via phone/video conference call, and two scheduled live/livestreamed Forums with Fred.
    3. Participate in bi-weekly Mentor Group phone/video conference consultations.
    4. Participate in bi-weekly Peer Groups for support/discussion in person or via phone group. 
    5. Attend weekly Sangha and monthly Days of Mindfulness, as possible. 
    6. Read and study recommended books and articles. 

    For this practice Intensive, there is a suggested donation of $100. This is a suggested donation and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on ones individual practice of Dana and  financial situation. You may pay online when you register, or send your check made out to Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604.

     

    This intensive will begin on February 19 and end May 14.  Readings and assignments for mentoring and peer groups will be announced once registration has been completed.


    The deadline for registration is January 29. In order to ensure that you register on time, please register immediately or mark the closing date in your calendar now.


    REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

    Please read the information below before you click to register!


    When you register, you will be asked to indicate your preferences for the mentoring groups offered through Zoom. The following six mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to score each group as one of the following: my first choice, my second choice, cannot do, or could do but not preferred. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 

    Group #1: Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm Feb. 22, Mar. 8 & 22, Apr. 5 & 19, May 3 

    Group #2: Mondays 7:30-8:30 am Feb. 26, Mar. 12 & 26, Apr. 9 & 23, May 7 

    Group #3: Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 am Feb. 27, Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 10 & 24, May 8  

    Group #4: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Feb. 27, Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 10 & 24, May 8   

    Group #5:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 am Feb. 28, Mar. 14 & 28, Apr. 11 & 25, May 9   

    Group #6:  Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm Mar. 1, 15 & 29, Apr. 12 & 26, May 10    


    Peer Group choices: Fort Myers, Naples, St. Petersburg, Tampa, or by phone. In addition, for Tampa only, please indicate your preferred meeting times (Sundays 8:40-9:40 am or Sundays 12:45-1:45 pm).  Please indicate all the choices that you would be able to attend.

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