July 5 - August 29
Committed practitioners, whether relatively new to practice or more experienced, often struggle with consistently applying their growing mindfulness and understanding to the situations that arise in their everyday lives. We want to live mindfully and wisely in all aspects of our lives: in our relationship with ourselves, in our interpersonal relationships, in our work life, and in the society in which our lives are unfolding. We seek practices and continuity of support for the direction we have chosen.
From the Buddhist perspective, each of us already has within us the nature to live deeply in every aspect of life; we have just lost touch with it. If we have the intention, however, with guidance we can learn and train to live at ease with the environment we live in.
This 8-week intensive focuses on understanding and cultivating guidelines we can apply to live a truly engaged life, of benefit to ourselves and others. We will use as a framework the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings, intentionally compiled by Thay for lay people like us, as well as for monks and nuns. Participants will be supported by readings and weekly daily life practices. Bi-weekly group mentoring video-conference calls on Zoom will provide individual guidance and support. Five Dharma talks will be offered by Bill MacMillan and John McHarris via Zoom.
The only required text is Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh. If other selected shorter readings are assigned, they will be available on the Intensive Practice Page.
Criteria for Participation in this Intensive
This Intensive is appropriate for anyone – both newcomers to mindfulness and meditation as well as more experienced practitioners – who wishes to experience more ease, clarity and happiness in their life.
Commitments for This Intensive
- A minimum of 30 minutes daily in formal meditation practice and study.
- Completion of Intensive assignments.
- Attendance at bi-weekly Dharma Talks (via Zoom) which will be on Mondays at 6 pm (except the first one will be on a Tuesday) and will be recorded.
- Attendance at bi-weekly small mentoring groups. Choice of day/time will be required when registering.
- Regular attendance at FCM morning and evening meditations and daylongs (if possible).
- Be present for the bi-weekly Dharma Talks via Zoom
- Participate in your assigned bi-weekly mentoring group via Zoom
Registration is open until June 20. To ensure you register by this date, please consider registering immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.
Please note that participation in intensives is open only to members of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. For information about membership, please access our website at www.floridamindfulness.org.
Registration Procedure: When you register, you will be asked to indicate your preferences for the bi-weekly Zoom Mentoring Groups. The conversations will last one hour. The following six mentoring groups will be listed, and you will be required to rank 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.
Mentoring Group #1: Tuesdays at 7:30 am: 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23
Mentoring Group #2: Tuesdays at 6:00 pm: 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23
Mentoring Group #3: Wednesdays at 7:30 am: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24
Mentoring Group #4: Wednesdays at 4:30 pm: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24
Mentoring Group #5: Thursdays at 7:30 am: 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25
Mentoring Group #6: Thursdays at 6:00 pm: 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25
The fee for this Intensive is $75. This is a suggested amount and participants are free to offer more or less depending on their individual 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 Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604.
If you have any questions about this Intensive or whether it is appropriate for you, please contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or John at email@example.com. If you have questions about logistics, please contact Nancy Natilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please register by June 20!