Sarasota Mindfulness Meditation Community offers crystal-clear meditation instruction and guidance at all levels, from beginners with no experience to those interested in advanced retreats and practices. The center strives to provide high-quality meditation instruction and both weekend and long-term retreats with opportunity for earnest and joyful practice of the core liberation teachings of the Buddha. All of the teachers at the center are accomplished Western practitioners with substantial experience in deep meditation retreat. These teachers provide both group instruction opportunities and individual guidance, and focus on the core practices of Buddhism: mindfulness, awakening and methods leading directly to realization. The principal meditation focus is mindfulness of breathing, of feeling tones and of mind. These are in concert with loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity practices. As you focus on the heart of the Buddha's teaching, you may find your practice becomes more deep, more rich and that you have a greater understanding of the practice. Weekly classes, held in Sarasota, Tampa, St Pete, Venice, Ft Myers and elsewhere, are on-going, and each has a purposeful & intentional focus which shifts each month. Classes usually also include a guided meditation. Every meditation session begins with development of Shamata - the practice of calm abiding. The second part of the meditation session uses the calm mind as a base for vipasanna or insight and the development of wisdom. Class focuses include mindfulness of body, mindfulness of feeling tones or vedana, and mindfulness of mind. Teachings are given on both the calming aspects of meditation practice and the investigative elements involved with each of these bases of mindfulness. People may enter the classes at any time, with any level of experience, or from any meditation background as the teachings are non-sectarian - all are welcome. Please feel free to contact us with any question you may have, or simply drop in for an evening class to get a firsthand experience. There is no obligation.