Change Your Mind Day Tampa Bay 2013
An annual gathering of friends of Buddha's teachings.
Sharing ideas, practices and experiences.
Change Your Mind Day Tampa Bay is an opportunity for people interested in Buddhism to meet and interact. Buddhist teachings have much to offer. By working together, we can better alleviate suffering.
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm (arrive & leave at any time)
2525 Philippe Pkwy,
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Presentations and conversations about Buddhism.
Pot-luck vegetarian lunch.
Free books and other literature.
Buddhist art and music.
Who: Anyone interested in Buddhism
Cost: No charge or obligation
Sponsored by: Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Tampa Bay (www.bpf-tampabay.org).
10:00 : 108 bells (Clear Water Zen)
10:10 : Pali chanting by Ven Saddhasara of Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery
10:15 : Discussion session on Meditation:
Chanting Namu Dai Bosa and intro to Zazen by Nikon Hicks of Hokori Zen Center
Jhana Meditation by Ven Saddhasara of Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery
Shodaigyo chanting meditation by Shinkyo Will Warner of Tampa Nichiren Shu
11:45-1:15 : pot-luck vegetarian lunch, followed by entertainment and activities, including music, bathing the baby Buddha, and walking meditation.
1:15-2:45 : Panel and Discussion : Buddhism in Tampa Bay and the World
Frank Tedesco of True Dharma International Mission
Rick Ferriss of Buddhist Peace Fellowship
2:45-3:00 : Closing ceremony : chanting and 108 bells
The morning session will start with three 15-minute meditation sessions. For each, the presenter will briefly describe their group and tradition, and then give a short guided introduction to a meditation technique.
In the afternoon session, panelists will address questions such as: How can Buddhists better reach out to people not actively involved in Buddhism? How can Buddhist groups better help those who already are involved? Are there needs and populations that are not being served?
In both the morning and afternoon, after the program we will have a general discussion, welcoming comments and questions from anyone who would like to speak.
We look forward to:
* Volunteers to help provide lunch-time entertainment (music, dance, poetry, mindful movement, etc).
* Volunteers to help with the event on March 23, including lunch and tea coordinators.
* Groups to offer free literature, information, art exhibits, etc.
(unfortunately, Parks Department rules prohibit sales or soliciting of donations)
* Volunteers to help staff the BPF literature table.
* Updated literature from local groups for the BPF literature table -- please bring it on March 23 or email to arrange mailing or pickup.