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    • 01 Jun 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • 08 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person Only
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    with Fred Eppsteiner


    Description

    From the time of the Buddha, awakened teachers have pointed out that our thinking mind is merely a functional capacity of our original natural mind. Mistakenly identifying with this small and conceptually constructed mind, we never are able to experience the innate simplicity and spontaneous wisdom that is our true birthright. Instead, we live in a self-created reality that prevents us from experiencing clarity, ease, emotional balance, and deep contentment in our daily life.


    In the meditative tradition of the Great Perfection (Dzog-chen), the path that leads to Awakening is clearly delineated. It involves establishing a strong foundation or ground for one ’s spiritual life; following a path that is clearly marked; and ultimately arriving at the place of one ’s deepest aspiration.

    This retreat will focus on facilitating participants’ meditative experience of their original and natural mind and show how to integrate this understanding into the circumstances of daily life. Directly experiencing the mind as it is and all the things that appear in it (especially the self!) as empty of any substance or solidity allows one to break through into the totally open and spacious mind nature. This is the basis of true transformation.


    This retreat is a Wisdom Path Retreat and is appropriate for those FCM members who have previously participated in a Wisdom Path Intensive or retreat, or for those who are walking the Dharma Path and feel ready for a deeper exploration of their mind through meditation and guided reflection. If you have any questions about whether this retreat would be suitable for you, please contact Fred directly (Teacher@floridamindfulness.org). Due to the nature of the teachings, the interaction with the teacher, and the importance of a deep, silent container for practice, this retreat will be residential only (overnighters and commuters).


    The retreat will include four Practice Sessions daily that will include silent and guided meditation, Dharma talks and instructions, meetings with Fred, opportunities for Q&A, group sharing, work meditation, along with time for meals & rest, outdoor walking, and time for personal practice. 


    Registration Process
    Retreat registration is a two-part process. First, please submit the general information requested on this application. Then, once you complete this application, your confirmation email will include a link to a Confidential Health Questionnaire (CHQ). Please note that the CHQ is required so that we can determine suitability for this retreat; your application to participate in this retreat will not be considered without it.


    Also please note that this registration does not confirm acceptance into the retreat. Shortly after the registration deadline (May 3), Fred will review applications and make final decisions as to acceptance. Notifications will be made by May 6.


    Retreat Logistics

    FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.


    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening, June 1, followed by dinner at 5:45 and the opening session at 7:00. The retreat will end on Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 pm. Full payment will be due upon acceptance into the retreat.


    The fee for in-person participation is $630 for overnighters and $490 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to register. The balance of the fee will be due by May 10.


    FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e., generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.


    The Retreat Coordinator will be sending additional information to accepted registrants closer to the retreat start date.


    The last day to register for this retreat is May 5.


    Retreat Leader

    Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.


    Questions?

    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com

    • 05 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online (FCM members)

    Please note: FCM Members can access the Death Cafe web page and the Zoom links by clicking here.


    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.


    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. One of our members, Marilyn Warlick will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitator. 


    The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!


    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com.

    • 15 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. The theme for the morning will be “Radical Acceptance: Learning to Accept Ourselves Fully. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com


    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, June 22 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Bill

    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register

    Please join us in Naples for a Forum for FCM members and nonmembers on Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples FL 34112. 


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, the event is an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and happiness in our lives.


    The morning will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements and song. This will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment.


    The Forum will be held in-person only.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am.


    There is a $10.00 fee to cover the rental cost of the facility.


    If you have any questions please contact Chris Lee Nguyen (chrisleenguyen2000@gmail.com) or Tony Pollit (fanthonypollitt@gmail.com).


    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person (Lotus Hall) and Online

    The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings were first compiled by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1966 as part of his deep aspiration to renew Buddhism and make ethical guidelines available to all who aspire to live mindfully, and to embody the deepest teachings of the Buddha. Members of the Order of Interbeing know the 14MTs as “the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us, the teacher guiding us.” The trainings help practitioners to touch the nature of interbeing in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. They help us to cultivate thoughtfulness, compassionate action, peace, equanimity, patience, joy, loving kindness, and generosity in our daily lives and relationships. They teach us how to live the Bodhisattva vow to benefit others.

     

    Everyone can benefit from practicing these trainings, not just OI members. So this year everyone is invite to participate in a Friday evening recitation of the 14MTs. The evening will begin with a recitation of the 14MTs, followed by deep sharing/listening around our understanding and practice of one or more of the trainings. Please join us in-person in the Lotus Hall at the Tampa Practice Center or via Zoom on the Sangha Line. No need to register. Dana (donations) accepted. Just come to begin your journey to ethical living and transformation grounded in Buddhist wisdom. We look forward to seeing you!

     

    FCM encourages everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in the Lotus Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. If attending in-person, please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.




    Zoom Information - FCM's Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465

    • 03 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online (FCM members)

    Please note: FCM Members can access the Death Cafe web page and the Zoom links by clicking here.


    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.


    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. One of our members, Marilyn Warlick will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitator. 


    The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!


    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com.

    • 05 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa FL

    Save the Date

    • 06 Jul 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, July 6 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Bill

    • 12 Jul 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • 14 Jul 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • In-Person Only
    Register

    with Angie Parrish, Maria Teresa Jaureguizar and David Braasch


    Description

    In the midst of life’s challenges, we can offer the healing balm of loving kindness (mettā in Pali) to ourselves and others through cultivating a courageous heart – one that is open to all beings, tender and compassionate.


    Our weekend retreat will focus on cultivating this quality of mettā, weaving together teachings on loving kindness with qigong, aligning body, breath, and movement with a loving and open heart. Using guided practices to bring mindfulness of body, heart and mind to both movement and stillness, we will explore how to meet the challenges of life with more equanimity, open-heartedness and compassion, and to work skillfully with obstacles that get in our way. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.


    Registration Process
    Retreat registration is a two-part process. First, please submit the general information requested on this application. Then, once you complete this application, your confirmation email will include a link to a Confidential Health Questionnaire (CHQ). Please note that the CHQ is required so that we can determine suitability for this retreat; your application to participate in this retreat will not be considered without it.


    Retreat Logistics

    FCM's retreat center in Tampa, Florida provides a beautiful and serene refuge from the noise and business of our everyday lives. Set among our bamboo gardens, walking paths and pond, our center offers comfortable double-occupancy accommodations in our Great Cloud residence hall, nourishing vegan meals and ample indoor and outdoor meditation spaces for personal reflection.


    This retreat is in-person only participation at FCM's Tampa Center. The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 12 and ends on Sunday at 4:00 pm, July 14. Participation is open to both FCM members and non-members.


    The fee for in-person participation is $180 for overnighters and $140 for commuters. The deadline for application for this retreat will be June 15, Waitlist will then openWe will notify all applicants by June 17 as to whether or not they have been accepted into the retreat. For those accepted, the balance of the fee will be then be due by June 24, otherwise the spot will be given to another applicant. Please click here to read FCM's Retreat Cancellation Policy.


    FCM aspires to support the retreat experience for all who are on this path, and thus retreat scholarships are available and encouraged if it would support your participation. Please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they ’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student ’s response is also based on Dana, i.e., generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage.


    The Retreat Coordinator will be sending additional information to accepted registrants closer to the retreat start date.


    The last day to register for this retreat is June 15.


    Retreat Leaders

    Angie Parrish has been a student of Buddhism and mindfulness for over 20 years. After a 1999 retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, she became a student of Fred Eppsteiner's and a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Angie brought the fruits of her experience in mindfulness and meditation into her professional career as an employee benefits consultant for a wide variety of organizations, including many employee training programs.


    Angie is a Dharma Instructor with FCM, having been given permission by FCM’s teacher Fred Eppsteiner to share the Buddha’s teachings with the sangha. She is also a Qualified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a frequent teacher of classes and retreats at FCM.


    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as FCM Community Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, and spending time in nature.

    She is happily married and has two dogs, a bunny, and a bird.


    David Braasch has been a student of mindfulness and meditation at the Florida Community of Mindfulness since 2015, where he has taught Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Buddhism: The Basics, and Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a student of Tai Chi, Aikido, and is a certified Qigong teacher under Holden Qigong of Santa Cruz, CA.


    Questions?

    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com

    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am. Please bring your own vegetarian lunch. Water and tea will be provided.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com.


    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Maria Teresa Jaureguizar and Bill Mac Millen


    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas.


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.

    This four-week course will begin on Sunday, July 21, 28 and August 4, 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Maria Teresa Jaureguizar formally began on the Buddhist path in 1996 and became a student of Fred Eppsteiner in 2012. She is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and completed the three year Dharma Transmission Program. Maria Teresa currently serves as FCM Community Leader and finds joy mentoring others in the practice, and spending time in nature.

    She is happily married and has two dogs, a bunny, and a bird.


    Bill Mac Millen has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2013. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on the Leadership Council overseeing the area of Center Care, a member of Thich Nhat Hahn's Order of Interbeing (OI), and assists in leading a number of FCM offerings to both members and guests.







    • 21 Jul 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, July 27 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Bill

    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register

    Please join us in Naples for a Forum for FCM members and nonmembers on Saturday, July 27 from 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples FL 34112. 


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, the event is an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and happiness in our lives.


    The morning will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements and song. This will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment.


    The Forum will be held in-person only.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am.


    There is a $10.00 fee to cover the rental cost of the facility.


    If you have any questions please contact Chris Lee Nguyen (chrisleenguyen2000@gmail.com) or Tony Pollit (fanthonypollitt@gmail.com).


    • 02 Aug 2024
    • FCM Center, Tampa FL

    Save the Date

    • 07 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online (FCM members)

    Please note: FCM Members can access the Death Cafe web page and the Zoom links by clicking here.


    Awareness of death and its inevitability is a key part of our Buddhist practice and yet the awareness often fades into the background with our busy lives. Death Cafes at FCM will be monthly drop-in opportunities to talk with other FCM members about death and dying. They will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom.


    Participating in Death Cafes will help members deepen their personal awareness of death, normalize conversations about death within our community, and make it easier to talk with our families and friends about this “elephant in the living room” fact of life.


    Through deep sharing and listening and open ended discussion, we will be able to reflect on the subjects of impermanence and death, and talk about whatever is on our minds, including our concerns, fears, questions and insights surrounding the topic of end of life.


    Death Cafes have become a widespread phenomena in Europe, America and Australia. Based on the work of  Bernard Crettaz, a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist, and championed by Jon Underwood in England, the basic idea of Death Cafes is that it is extremely valuable to simply talk about death. One of our members, Marilyn Warlick will be the FCM Death Cafe facilitator. 


    The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom. You can drop-in to a Death Cafe for a one time experience or plan to come each month to talk about the important topic of death and dying. Please note that the group gatherings are intended as discussion groups rather than as grief support or counseling sessions. Please join us!


    If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at marilynruth21@gmail.com.

    • 09 Aug 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person (Lotus Hall) and Online

    The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings were first compiled by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1966 as part of his deep aspiration to renew Buddhism and make ethical guidelines available to all who aspire to live mindfully, and to embody the deepest teachings of the Buddha. Members of the Order of Interbeing know the 14MTs as “the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us, the teacher guiding us.” The trainings help practitioners to touch the nature of interbeing in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. They help us to cultivate thoughtfulness, compassionate action, peace, equanimity, patience, joy, loving kindness, and generosity in our daily lives and relationships. They teach us how to live the Bodhisattva vow to benefit others.

     

    Everyone can benefit from practicing these trainings, not just OI members. So this year everyone is invite to participate in a Friday evening recitation of the 14MTs. The evening will begin with a recitation of the 14MTs, followed by deep sharing/listening around our understanding and practice of one or more of the trainings. Please join us in-person in the Lotus Hall at the Tampa Practice Center or via Zoom on the Sangha Line. No need to register. Dana (donations) accepted. Just come to begin your journey to ethical living and transformation grounded in Buddhist wisdom. We look forward to seeing you!

     

    FCM encourages everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in the Lotus Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. If attending in-person, please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.




    Zoom Information - FCM's Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465

    • 10 Aug 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, August 10 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Bill

    • 17 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com


    • 19 Aug 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 31 Aug 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • In-Person
    Register

    Members and non-members are invited to join the FCM community in selfless service and work meditation Saturday, August 31 by participating in this Saturday's workday!

    We will begin the day together meeting under the pergola located between the Education Building and Great Cloud in preparation for our mindful work, with an orientation by work day leaders. There will be both indoor and outdoor tasks in need of our joyful attention. Please wear old clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and water will be provided.


    We encourage everyone to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person on our campus. Our safety protocols are based on CDC recommendations. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.


    With metta,

    Bill

    • 31 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register

    Please join us in Naples for a Forum for FCM members and nonmembers on Saturday, August 31 from 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples FL 34112. 


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, the event is an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and happiness in our lives.


    The morning will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements and song. This will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment.


    The Forum will be held in-person only.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am.


    There is a $10.00 fee to cover the rental cost of the facility.


    If you have any questions please contact Chris Lee Nguyen (chrisleenguyen2000@gmail.com) or Tony Pollit (fanthonypollitt@gmail.com).


    • 04 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with Jacqulyn Schuett and Eleanor Cecil


    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas.


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.

    This four-week course will begin on Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    Jacqulyn Schuett stepped on the Path of Dharma in 1999 when she visited Plum Village for her first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. The sign at the entrance, ‘You Have Arrived,’ foreshadowed the sense of home she felt in the intimate environment of this small retreat. Her study with Fred Eppsteiner, through retreats and Intensive studies, began shortly thereafter. In 2015 she was ordained into the Order of Interbeing (OI) and provides support for various activities at the Tampa Center. Jacqulyn also serves as a mentor and leader of introductory classes.


    Eleanor Cecil became a member of the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) in August of 2014. She participates in a number of FCM programs including co-leading the Meditation in Recovery Program (MIR) and overseeing Housekeeping. Eleanor is a student of Fred Eppsteiner and took refuge and the Five Mindfulness Training's in May of 2016 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in August of 2019.


    • 06 Sep 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa FL

    Save the Date

    • 14 Sep 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com


    • 17 Sep 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 28 Sep 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register

    Please join us in Naples for a Forum for FCM members and nonmembers on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples FL 34112. 


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, the event is an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and happiness in our lives.


    The morning will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements and song. This will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment.


    The Forum will be held in-person only.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am.


    There is a $10.00 fee to cover the rental cost of the facility.


    If you have any questions please contact Chris Lee Nguyen (chrisleenguyen2000@gmail.com) or Tony Pollit (fanthonypollitt@gmail.com).


    • 11 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa FL

    Save the Date

    • 12 Oct 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com


    • 17 Oct 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 18 Oct 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person (Lotus Hall) and Online

    The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings were first compiled by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1966 as part of his deep aspiration to renew Buddhism and make ethical guidelines available to all who aspire to live mindfully, and to embody the deepest teachings of the Buddha. Members of the Order of Interbeing know the 14MTs as “the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us, the teacher guiding us.” The trainings help practitioners to touch the nature of interbeing in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. They help us to cultivate thoughtfulness, compassionate action, peace, equanimity, patience, joy, loving kindness, and generosity in our daily lives and relationships. They teach us how to live the Bodhisattva vow to benefit others.

     

    Everyone can benefit from practicing these trainings, not just OI members. So this year everyone is invite to participate in a Friday evening recitation of the 14MTs. The evening will begin with a recitation of the 14MTs, followed by deep sharing/listening around our understanding and practice of one or more of the trainings. Please join us in-person in the Lotus Hall at the Tampa Practice Center or via Zoom on the Sangha Line. No need to register. Dana (donations) accepted. Just come to begin your journey to ethical living and transformation grounded in Buddhist wisdom. We look forward to seeing you!

     

    FCM encourages everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in the Lotus Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. If attending in-person, please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.




    Zoom Information - FCM's Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465

    • 19 Oct 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register

    Please join us in Naples for a Forum for FCM members and nonmembers on Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples FL 34112. 


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, the event is an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and happiness in our lives.


    The morning will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements and song. This will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment.


    The Forum will be held in-person only.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am.


    There is a $10.00 fee to cover the rental cost of the facility.


    If you have any questions please contact Chris Lee Nguyen (chrisleenguyen2000@gmail.com) or Tony Pollit (fanthonypollitt@gmail.com).


    • 30 Oct 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • In-Person
    Register

    with John McHarris and Diana Fish


    Do you live in your thoughts about the past or worries about the future? Do your emotions often cause stress and confusion? Do you get carried away by dramas.


    Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation is a four-week course designed to support the practice of mindfulness, helping us develop the skills and attention to be fully present to our lives in the present moment, and to touch each moment deeply. It is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, as well as for those who want to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction as well as an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Systematically explore mindfulness of breathing, the body and physical sensations through sitting and walking meditation and the body scan practice.
    • Establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
    • Practice mindful meditation to explore the emotions, thoughts, and overall awareness.
    • Apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in dramas.
    • Cultivate daily meditation and mindfulness practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of your daily life.

    This four-week course will begin on Wednesday, October 30 and November 6, 13 & 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in-person. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. If you have questions, please contact us at info@floridamindfulness.org.


    Class Instructors:

    John McHarris has been a practitioner with the Florida Community of Mindfulness and a student of FCM's teacher Fred Eppsteiner since 2011. Aspiring to be of service to the community, he is on FCM's Board of Directors and is currently involved in a Residency Program in Tampa. John is also a resident here at Bermuda Greens. 


    Reverend Diana Fish, BCC, is an interfaith palliative care chaplain at BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. Diana joined FCM upon moving to Florida and was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2019. In 2018 she was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain by Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbott of Upaya Zen Center and author of Being with Dying. After completing Clinical Pastoral Education at Tampa General Hospital in 2019 she was hired as a Staff Chaplain. She received board certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2021.



    • 08 Nov 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa FL

    Save the Date

    • 09 Nov 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am. Please bring your own vegetarian lunch. Water and tea will be provided.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com.


    • 15 Nov 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 23 Nov 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register

    Please join us in Naples for a Forum for FCM members and nonmembers on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 am  – 12:30 pm at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples FL 34112. 


    Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, the event is an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and to nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and happiness in our lives.


    The morning will include sitting and walking meditation, mindful movements and song. This will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment.


    The Forum will be held in-person only.


    Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am.


    There is a $10.00 fee to cover the rental cost of the facility.


    If you have any questions please contact Chris Lee Nguyen (chrisleenguyen2000@gmail.com) or Tony Pollit (fanthonypollitt@gmail.com).


    • 28 Nov 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • FCM Center, Tampa FL

    Save the Date

    • 14 Dec 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • In-Person and Online
    Register

    FCM's Days of Mindfulness are offered both In-Person at the Tampa Practice Center and Online. Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, our Days of Mindfulness are an opportunity to support and deepen the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and nourish the seeds of well being, inner peace and openness in our lives.

     

    The day will be a chance for all of us to put down the busyness of our lives and to relax, refresh, and renew with the healing energy of mindfulness. The day is an opportunity to experiment with letting go of our stories and dramas about our lives and the world. Instead we will practice simply be present to, and nourished by, our actual experience in the present moment. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 8:30 am.


    If joining us online, the link to Zoom information will be provided once you register. We provide guidance to help you make the experience at home as close as possible to an experience in the Meditation Hall.


    When you register indicate your choice of participation In-Person or Online.  While there is no fee for participation, the traditional practice of Dana (generosity) is appreciated. Please register to receive important information about your In-Person or Online Zoom attendance.  


    If you have any questions please contact Rita Cathey at ritaanna727@gmail.com


    • 15 Dec 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
    • In-Person and Online

    At FCM we celebrate the full moon each month with an evening devoted to meditations that help us develop and cultivate the mind of kindness, friendship and compassion towards all beings. During the guided meditation, we will practice embracing ourselves and others with thoughts of unconditional kindness, compassion, and support, and then to extend those feelings with well wishes for peace, happiness and an end to suffering for everyone in the world.


    It has long been part of Buddhist tradition to honor and celebrate the arrival of the full moon. Legend has it that Shakyamuni Buddha was born under a full moon, arrived at his enlightenment under a full moon, and passed into paranirvana under a full moon. In Zen the full moon reminds us of our Buddha nature or our essential wholeness and completeness.


    Our Full Moon Loving Kindness and Compassion evening will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm. The evening will include guided loving kindness and compassion meditations, a short talk, and recitation of the Metta (Lovingkindness) Sutra and/or other music and altruistic readings. 


    We encourage everyone in the Tampa Bay vicinity to experience the richness of practicing together, in-person in our Meditation Hall. There is no need to register ahead of time. Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Safety Protocols and plan to arrive by 7:15 pm.

     

    If joining us online, the link to Zoom is below. The event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. There is no formal advance registration; simply join us online on the Sangha Line shortly before 7:30 pm. 


    Zoom Links for FCM Sangha Line
    Video Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3296243465?pwd=bUo1aFVQblhhbUFpZmZTci9EK0daZz09

    Dial-In # 1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID# 329 624 3465


    • 21 Dec 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Unity of Naples, Celebration Hall
    • 40
    Register