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    • 01 Jul 2024
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    July 1 - August 26


    In this upcoming Self-development Summer Intensive, participants will continue to focus on the teachings and practices of Finding Deeper Purpose and Meaning in Life: Walking the Path of the Six Perfections, with a focus on integrating the teachings and practices already received on the first four paramitas in the fall of 2023 and winter/spring of 2024.


    In this Self-development Intensive, each participant will identify, study and practice those teachings that are personally meaningful and applicable to themselves. Each participant will have the opportunity to select the specific areas upon which they wish to concentrate and develop their individualized goals and objectives for their Intensive. Supportive activities for this Intensive will include two Dharma talks, continued study of the text and commentaries, and mentor support groups on Zoom with Fred (each group will meet three times over the eight weeks). Fred will be giving an opening Dharma talk on Monday, July 1 and a closing talk on Monday, August 26; otherwise, he will "meet" you in the mentor groups where you may share your experience, ask him questions, and learn from your Dharma brothers and sisters. 


    Criteria for Participation in this Intensive

    Please note that this Intensive is open only to FCM members who have previously participated in a Dharma/Wisdom Path Intensives on The Way of the Bodhisattva.


    Commitments for This Intensive

    • Each participant will identify the area(s) they wish to focus on and a concrete plan for the Intensive. In their mentor groups with Fred, they can solicit his feedback.
    • The commitment to a minimum of one hour of daily formal meditative practice.
    • The commitment to attend all the practice periods of your sangha during the Intensive, as possible.
    • The commitment to participate in your assigned mentor group during the Intensive.
    • The commitment to read and study Dharma texts in the area you’ve selected for focus.
    • The commitment to be present for the two talks with Fred, which will be July 1 and August 26 (or listen to recordings shortly thereafter, if not able to be present for the calls).

    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 Zoom Mentoring Groups. The conversations will last one hour. The following eight 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 1a: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 am: 7/9, 7/23, 8/20

    Mentoring Group 1b: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 am: 7/16, 8/6, 8/27

    Mentoring Group 2a: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 7/9, 7/23, 8/20

    Mentoring Group 2bTuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 7/16, 8/6, 8/27

    Mentoring Group 3a: Thursdays 7:30-8:30 am: 7/11, 7/25, 8/22

    Mentoring Group 3b: Thursdays at 7:30-8:30 am: 7/18, 8/8, 8/29

    Mentoring Group 4a: Thursdays at 6:30-7:30 pm: 7/11, 7/25, 8/22

    Mentoring Group 4b: Thursdays at 6:30-7:30 pm: 7/18, 8/8, 8/29


    There is a suggested donation of $50 associated with this Intensive. (There is no fee for Supporting and Sustaining FCM members.) This is a suggested donation, and participants are free to donate more or less, depending on their individual practice of Dana and their financial situation. You may pay on-line or send your check made out to the Florida Community of Mindfulness (FCM) to Florida Community of Mindfulness, 6501 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33604. 


    Registration will close on June 21. Out of consideration to our Intensive organizers, and to ensure your acceptance into the Intensive, please register immediately or mark the registration closing date in your calendar now.


    If you have any questions about this Intensive or whether it is appropriate for you, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com. If you have questions about logistics, please contact Shelia at intensivecoordinator@floridamindfulness.org.




    • 08 Jul 2024
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    July 8 - August 30


    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. Four Dharma talks will be offered by Bryan Hindert 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 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).

    Registration is open until June 24. 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 five 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 7:30-8:30 am: July 16, 30, August 13, 27

    Mentoring Group #2: Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30 pm: July 16, 30, August 13, 27

    Mentoring Group #3: Wednesdays at 4:30-5:30 pm: July 17, 31, August 14, 28

    Mentoring Group #4: Thursdays at 7:30-8:30 am: July 18, August 1, 15, 29

    Mentoring Group #5: Thursdays at 6:30-7:30 pm: July 18, August 1, 15, 29


    The fee for this Intensive is $50. 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 Bryan at bbhindert@gmail.com. If you have questions about logistics, please contact Shelia at intensivecoordinator@floridamindfulness.org.


    Please register by June 24


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

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