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Change Your Mind Day - Tampa Bay - 2013

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)

Shelter #1
Philippe Park
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 (

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.

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  • Rick F.

    Some folks from Mahamevnawa posted a lot of great photos in a picasa album at:

    March 25, 2013

  • David W.

    At the Change Your Mind Day discussion, we were mentioning our concern about our numbers, small and not often growing. As Buddhists, we accept the world the wya it is, and change it when we can, but with no attachments. The Dalai Lama once said (paraphrased), "Do as much as you can, for as many as you can, the best you can, for as long as you can, and if nothing ever coomes of it, no hard feelings." We accept suffering exists in this world, and we change it if we can, but if we calnnot, then we bear witness. Sometimes doing nothing is something, and sometimes we have a good chance to do something. We did this. We came together. That's a good start.

    March 25, 2013

  • robert n.

    Very good show for me, revived my focus.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Frank

    Let's nurture what began at CYM Day! Don't forget the Buddhist sci-fi movie (40 min) and discussion of robot technology and the nature of enlightenment April 3 at 7 PM - hosted by the UU Clearwater Buddhist Fellowship (Frank Tedesco). BYOB- Bring Your Own Buddhism & refreshments. UU Social Hall, Patio Room, 2470 Nursery Rd, Clearwater near US 19

    March 24, 2013

  • Frank

    I think good connections were made today and perhaps the beginning of mutual recognition if not understanding among a few Buddhist people/groups in the area. A cooperative project is necessary for us to work together "in the trenches". I recommend we read articles like Tricycle's Spring 2013 editorial for a start. Will we work together for the liberation of all beings or merely expect others to support our exceptional sect's or guru's ambitions?

    March 23, 2013

    • Yvette

      Enough room in my heart for all...

      March 23, 2013

  • David W.

    It was my tenth CYMD and went very well.

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Yvette

      Great to see a familiar face!

      March 23, 2013

  • Frank

    Rick, Count me in for both panel discussions if space is available, Frank Tedesco of True Dharma International Buddhist Mission. I will give update on current TDIBM activities and future involvements, etc.

    February 26, 2013

    • Shinkyo Will W.

      Frank - I just found out about this event today. I have heard a lot about you and look forward to meeting you in person!

      March 3, 2013

    • Yvette

      Thanks for 'babysitting' Phoenix; she was so comfortable with you!

      March 23, 2013

  • fern

    Today was wonderful, thanks to all who worked so hard to make it so. My first time too.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Rick F.

    Good folks, good food, good conversations! There was talk about doing something similar twice a year. Hopefully some more people will get involved in publicity, etc. Stay tuned ...

    March 23, 2013

  • Yvette

    My first one. Glad I came; met some great practitioners and teachers. Very grateful that they all were present.

    March 23, 2013

  • Carmen

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. My plans have changed....hopefully next time...

    March 22, 2013

  • Frank

    I informed the St. Petersburg Interfaith Clergy Association about the event

    March 17, 2013

  • Frank

    I announced CYMD at the St. Petersburg Interfaith Association breakfast this morning. The clergy showed great interest. am sending this notice to the leadership now.

    March 14, 2013

  • Carmen

    I am very interested in Buddhism & came across this meet up gro. It really sparked my interest. I am not a practicing Buddhist but am very eager to learn more!

    February 20, 2013

    • Rick F.

      Thanks Carmen -- I'm glad you can attend -- there should be a lot to absorb!

      February 27, 2013

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