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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.


    • 01 Jul 2019
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 1 - August 26


    The Dharma Path Intensive for this summer continues the exploration of “The Seven Points of Mind Training,” (Lojong in Tibetan). Learning to think and act as an altruistic being is the subject of the text.  As noted before, it is a much loved and deeply venerated text, well known for its slogans that help us apply the full breadth of the Buddha’s Mahayana teachings to daily life. These 59 slogans or mind trainings focus on how the Unconditioned Awakened Mind can beneficially manifest in the life of ordinary beings in order to give rise to lovingkindness, compassion and understanding in all the activities of our lives. The transformation of seemingly adverse situations into the path of awakening is a unique focus of these mind trainings.


    In this Summer Intensive, Fred will continue to guide participants in understanding the 59 slogans and how to practice them.  While each participant will be studying the entire text along with commentary, Fred will regularly assign specific slogan(s) to work with, which will provide an opportunity for each participant to directly fit the text into the context of their current life condition. 


    This Intensive is open to FCM members who participated in the 2019 Winter/Spring Living the Bodhisattva's Life intensive. Although, members with previous Lojong experience in FCM may join with Fred’s approval.  Mentor Group and Peer Group Assignments may be reassigned based on how many people register for the summer intensive.  If you have any questions about this intensive, please contact Bryan Hindert at bbhindert@gmail.com.


    The path of practice for this Intensive will include readings and assigned slogans to practice in formal meditation and in daily life. Bi-weekly group mentoring video-conference calls on Zoom will provide individual guidance and support.  These mentor calls will alternate between being led by Fred and by Ken Lenington, a senior student of Fred’s.  Four Dharma talks given by Fred and Ken will be offered to participants via Zoom.  Peer group meetings occurring bi-weekly, either in-person or on Zoom, will provide an opportunity for participants to share deeply and to provide mutual support to each other. 


    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:

    Study & Practice:

    • Spend a minimum of one hour daily in formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    • Read Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive
    • Regularly attend your local Sangha’s weekly meditation and daylong retreats as possible.

    Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:

    • Participate in your assigned bi-weekly mentoring group (via Zoom)
    • Be present for monthly Dharma Talks (via Zoom)
    • Peer Groups are not a required commitment of this intensive, but we strongly encourage people to attend their local or call in bi-weekly peer group if possible.
    • Peer Group options will be decided once registration closes. 

    There is a suggested donation of $50 associated with this Intensive. 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.


    Please note that participation in this Intensive is only open to members of FCM who took part in the Winter/Spring intensive of the same name. Members with previous Lojong experience in the FCM may join with Fred’s approval.  For information about membership, please access our website at www.floridamindfulness.org.


    This Intensive will begin on July 1 - and end on August 26.  Readings and Zoom teleconference/phone call instructions will be announced once registration has been completed.


    Registration will close on June 8th.  To ensure you register on time, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.


    • 01 Jul 2019
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 1 –August 26


    This eight-week summer Mindful Living Path Intensive will provide an opportunity for FCM members who participated in the Winter/Spring Intensive on the Four Immeasurables to deepen their understanding and practice of these four “divine abodes.” The Winter/Spring Intensive provided an introduction to the cultivation of a warm, accepting, kind and compassionate heart through the study and practice of Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. We began to uncover the natural qualities of our own heart/mind and learn to live with an openness that feels connection and friendliness towards all beings, rejoices in their happiness, and desires to alleviate their suffering. We practiced meditations to cultivate these qualities in our mind, and through consistent mindfulness we began to bring them into our daily life of relationship, work and interaction with others.

    In this self-development Intensive, participants will build on their previous practice of the Four Immeasurables by choosing 1-3 areas to focus on during the Intensive, such as:

    • Developing a more loving accepting relationship with oneself by cultivating positive mind states and ceasing the cultivation of negative mind states
    • Developing a more loving accepting relationship with one or more people we find “difficult”
    • Deepening our sense of empathy, understanding and connection with others
    • Strengthening our capacity to be present to suffering
    • Cultivating a joyful mind that rejoices in the successes and well-being of both ourself and others

    Drawing on the resources from the Winter/Spring Four Immeasurables Intensive, participants will develop an individualized plan of practice including readings for reflection and study, formal sitting practice, and daily life practice.


    Participants will be provided with supports including Dharma talks by a senior student offered through Zoom,  mentoring groups through Zoom to receive individualized guidance, and bi-weekly email Instructions. 


    Please note that this Intensive is open to FCM members who participated in the Winter/Spring 2019 Four Immeasurables Intensive. It is also open, with Diane’s permission, to members who participated in the Winter/Spring 2017 Intensive on the Four Immeasurables. If you have any questions about this intensive, please contact Diane at Diane.powell2010@gmail.com


    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:

    • The commitment to practice a minimum of 30 minutes of daily formal meditative practice and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    • The commitment to participate in your assigned Zoom mentoring group meetings.
    • The commitment to be present for the Zoom Dharma Talks.
    • The commitment to develop and carry out an individualized plan of practice.
    • The commitment to attend all the practice periods of your sangha during the Intensive, as possible.

    There is a suggested donation for this Intensive is $50. 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.


    Registration will close on June 4. 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 four 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
    • could do but not preferred
    • cannot do 

    If there is more than one group that will work well for you, please mark all these as “my first choice.” This will provide us with added flexibility in making group assignments. Please have your calendar available when you register so that you can complete this part of the registration process accurately. 

     

    Group 1: Mondays 9:00 am.  July 1, 15, 29; Aug. 12

    Group 2: Tuesdays, 7:30 am.  July 2, 16, 30; Aug 13

    Group 3: Tuesdays, 3:30 pm.  July 2, 16, 30; Aug 13

    Group 4: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm.  July 2, 16, 30; Aug 13

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