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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.


    • 09 Jul 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 9 – August 27


    This seven-week summer Mindful Living Path Intensive will provide an opportunity for FCM members who participated in the Winter/Spring Intensive on Mindfulness Practices for Emotional Healing (or a similar FCM intensive in the past) to continue the journey of emotional self-awareness and healing so that we can live our lives with more presence, joy and ease. 


    In the fall of 2017 we began our journey with the Mindful Living Path Foundations of Mindfulness and Meditation Intensive. We were then able to apply these foundational mindfulness practices to our emotional experience in the 2018 Winter/Spring Intensive. Grounded in mindfulness we learned to be more 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 began to 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.


    In this self-directed summer intensive we will be applying the practices learned in the previous intensives to specific areas of our lives where we still find emotional reactivity. We will continue to cultivate our mindfulness and deepen our exploration of the themes, patterns and sources of our emotional suffering.   Through our consistent and joyful effort, and the support of Dharma talks, readings, personal guidance from mentors and a Forum with Fred, we will continue our journey of healing and transformation, developing wisdom and compassion for ourselves and others, and learning to live with greater ease and well-being.


    Commitments for the Intensive

    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.


    Study & Practice:

    • Spend a minimum of 30 minutes daily in formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    • Read appropriate Dharma texts suggested for the Intensive.
    • Regularly attend weekly meditation and Days of Mindfulness during the Intensive, as possible.

    Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:

    • Be present for the Dharma Talks (3 talks via Zoom).
    • Participate in assigned Mentor Group calls (three calls via Zoom).
    • Be present for the Forum with Fred (in person or Zoom).
    This Intensive is open to FCM members who participated in the Winter/Spring Intensive Mindfulness Practices for Emotional Healing; or a prior FCM Intensive on transforming emotional afflictions; or with permission of the Intensive Leader, Betsy Arizu (barizu@yahoo.com)

    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.

     

    This Intensive will begin on July 9 and end on August 27. Registration will close on Monday, June 11. 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 eight 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. 


    Mentor Groups Options

    • 1.     Mondays 7:30-8:30 am –  July 16, July 30 & August 13                  
    • 2.     Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 17, July 31  & August 14                
    • 3.     Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm –  July 17, July 31 & August 14                 
    • 4.     Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 19, August 2 & August 16          
    • 5.     Mondays 7:30-8:30 am –  July 23, August 6 & August 20              
    • 6.     Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 24, August 7 & August 21             
    • 7.   Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm –  July 26, August 9 & August 23          
    • 09 Jul 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 9 –August 27


    “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


    This summer’s seven-week Dharma Path Intensive will provide an opportunity for FCM members who participated in the Fall and/or Winter/Spring Intensives on Deconstructing the Myth of Self to continue the process of understanding the delusive nature of Self and the practice of its deconstruction.


    In the Fall and Winter/Spring Intensives we were introduced to many teachings and practices aimed at understanding the nature of Self and loosening our identification with it. This included the objective observation of what constitutes our particular sense of Self and the various ways our particular Self manifests in the world, both inwardly and outwardly. We also utilized western psychological perspectives to see the underlying core beliefs and schemas that drive much of the self-inflicted drama in our lives as well as the conditioning that gave rise to these ways of being in the world. In the second half of the intensive, we continued our exploration of the Self from the perspective of Buddhist psychology and the Yogacara. Finally, we used the Wheel of Analysis and Meditation that Thoroughly Purifies Mental Activity to begin to dismantle our strong sense of being a solid, permanent, self-existent Self.


    This Summer self-development Intensive will provide an opportunity for participants to build on their Fall and Winter/Spring Intensive practice by choosing areas of focus to delve into more deeply and develop their own plan of study and practice. Many participants may already know what areas they want to focus on, but some examples of possible areas of focus could be:

    • Developing a stronger understanding of the role and functioning of I, Me, Mine in lingering emotional afflictions and cultivating the ability to recognize Self as it arises in the mind.
    • Cultivating the ability to see the difference between reality and the drama that self creates, and to rest in the simplicity of things as they are with a mind of ease.
    • Working to better recognize and understand specific schemas and the underlying conditioning that fuels much our suffering.
    • Applying the Wheel of Analysis and Meditation to emotional reactivity, the Five Skandhas or to other aspects of the Self.
    • Deepening the study and practice of the Yogacara teachings to better understand the mental processes that condition our experience of reality.
    This Intensive is open to FCM members who participated in the Fall or Winter/Spring, or a prior Intensive on Deconstructing the Myth of Self; or with permission of the Intensive Leaders, Bryan and Diane. Participants who found through their work in the Fall and Spring DMS Intensives that they are still driven strongly by emotional woundedness are encouraged to consider signing up for the Summer Mindful Living Path Intensive on emotional healing. If we truly want to be free we must be honest and compassionate with ourselves and recognize where we can best focus our practice.

    If you have questions about the Intensive or would like to discuss whether the Deepening our Path of Deconstructing the Myth of Self Intensive is appropriate for you please contact Bryan at bbhindert@gmail.com.


    Participants will be provided with supports that include Dharma talks and mentoring by senior students in a group format using ZOOM video-conferencing. 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. The commitment to a minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice and study.
    2. The commitment to participate in your assigned bi-weekly video-conference mentoring group.
    3. The commitment to be present for the Zoom Dharma Talks.
    4. The commitment to be present for the Forum with Fred, in person or by livestream.
    5. The commitment to read any Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive.
    6. The commitment to attend all the practice periods of your Sangha during the Intensive, as possible

    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.

     

    This Intensive will begin on July 9 and end on August 27. Registration will close on Monday, June 11. To ensure you register by 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 eight 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: Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 am - July 17 & 31; Aug 14

    Group #2: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm - July 10 & 24; Aug 7

    Group #3: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm - July 17 & 31; Aug 14

    Group #4  Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm - July 10 & 24; Aug 7

    Group #5: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am - July 11 & 25; Aug 8

    Group #6: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 am - July 18; Aug 1 & 15

    Group #7: Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am - July 11 & 25; Aug 8

    Group #8: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm - July 11 & 25; Aug 8

      

     


    • 09 Jul 2018
    • All locations
    Registration is closed

    July 9 – August 27, 2018


    This seven-week Summer Intensive, rooted in the Mindful Living Path, will focus on our tradition’s foundational practices for living a life of happiness, solidity, and well-being.  Our happiness is directly related to our ability to be present to life, to see clearly what is occurring in our surroundings, as well as what is occurring in our own minds.


    This Intensive will introduce the core abilities and practices for living a life of mindfulness and awareness:  establishing a consistent mindfulness meditation practice to develop stability of mind, mindfulness of emotions and thoughts, and bringing mindfulness to the activities of our daily life.  It will include specific practices from the Plum Village tradition, including conscious breathing, deep relaxation, walking meditation, mindful eating, deep listening/loving speech and lovingkindness meditation.  Through Dharma talks, written instructions, recorded guided meditations, personal guidance from mentors, and an opportunity to interact with Fred during an Intensive Forum, participants will develop direct experience and competence in these life-changing practices and will learn to incorporate them into their lives.


    This Intensive is appropriate for new practitioners and for anyone who would like the opportunity to experientially review the foundational practices of mindfulness in the Plum Village Tradition.


    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 30 minutes daily in formal meditative practice, study, and/or other practices related to this Intensive.
    • Read Dharma texts assigned for the Intensive.
    • Regularly attend weekly meditation and Days of Mindfulness during the Intensive, as possible.

    Participate in Assigned Practice Groups:

    • Be present for the Dharma Talks (3 talks via Zoom).
    • Participate in assigned Mentor Group calls (3 calls via Zoom).
    • Be present for the Forum with Fred (in person or via Zoom).

    This Intensive is open to all FCM members, and newer members are especially encouraged to register.  The suggested donation for this Intensive is $50 (no fee for Supporting and Sustaining FCM members).  This is a suggested donation; participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation.


    This Intensive will begin July 9 and continue through August 27. 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 11.  Out of consideration for our Intensive organizers, and to ensure your acceptance into the Intensive, please register 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 (FCM).  While participation in our local sanghas, Days of Mindfulness, and many other activities is open to everyone, membership in FCM is for persons wanting to deepen their practice of living an awakened life by being part of a dedicated practice community, having a direct relationship with a Dharma teacher, and participating in practice opportunities such as Intensives and longer retreats.  For information about membership, please access the membership section of our website.


    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 seven 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.


    Mentor Group Options

    • 1.       Mondays 7:30-8:30 am – July 16, July 30 & August 13
    • 2.      Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 am – July 17, July 31 & August 14
    • 3.      Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm – July 17, July 31 & August 14
    • 4.      Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm – July 17, July 31 & August 14
    • 5.      Mondays 7:30-8:30 am – July 23, August 6 & August 20
    • 6.      Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm – July 23, August 6 & August 20
    • 7.      Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm – July 24, August 7 & August 21


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