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    • 05 Jul 2022
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    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 bmacm21@gmail.com or John at  jmcharris2@gmail.com.  If you have questions about logistics, please contact Nancy Natilson at nnatilson@cs.com.


    Please register by June 20!


    • 05 Jul 2022
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    July 5 – August 29


    This eight-week Dharma Path/Wisdom Path Intensive for this summer continues the yearlong exploration of “The Seven Points of Mind Training,” (Lojong in Tibetan) begun in February 2022. Learning to think and act as an altruistic being is the subject of the text. 


    As noted previously, 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 and Ken will continue to guide participants in understanding the slogans and how to practice them. While each participant will be studying the entire text along with commentary, the leaders 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 2022 Winter/Spring Engaging Life with Wisdom and Compassion Part 1 Intensive. Members with previous Lojong experience at FCM may join with Fred’s approval. Mentor Group assignments will be the same, unless we need some modifications based on how many people register for the summer Intensive.  Either Fred or Ken will lead all mentor groups. If you have any questions about the logistics of this Intensive, please contact Nancy Natilson at nnatilson@cs.com.


    The path of practice for this Intensive will include readings and assigned slogans to practice in formal meditation and in daily life. The required books are the same as Part 1. Bi-weekly group mentoring video-conference calls on Zoom will provide individual guidance and support. Five Dharma talks will be offered to participants via Zoom and will be recorded. 


    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.

    • 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 your assigned bi-weekly mentoring group (via Zoom)
    • Be present for bi-weekly Dharma Talks (via Zoom)

    There is a suggested donation of $75 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.


    Registration will close on June 20th. Please register as soon as you can to support our efforts to have everything organized in a timely manner.

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

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