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Path of the Buddha & Journey of Meditation - Beginners & Advanced Practitioners
A gratitude offering is accepted which is a universal custom called Dana. Dana is simply the act of generosity and the idea of giving for spiritual teachings that help end suffering of all beings. Please feel free to bring a friend to our friendly and beautiful classroom. Chairs and cushions are provided. Dress casually and comfortably. In-Class Guided and Silent Meditation Practices: Loving Kindness Recitation Mindfulness of Breathing Mindfulness of Body or Body Scan Calming Mind Formations Post Meditation Observances Invitation for Discussion We will have a mindfulness meditation Dharma talk and a guided and silent meditation practice. "The Buddha says that the Dhamma, the ultimate truth of things, is directly visible, timeless, calling out to be approached and seen. He says further that it is always available to us, and that the place where it is to be realized is within oneself. The ultimate truth, the Dharma, is not something mysterious and remote, but the truth of our own experience. It can be reached only by understanding our experience, by penetrating it right through to its foundations. This truth, in order to become liberating truth, has to be known directly. It is not enough merely to accept it on faith, to believe it on the authority of books or a teacher, or to think it out through deductions and inferences. It has to be known by insight, grasped and absorbed by a kind of knowing which is also an immediate seeing. And what brings this field of experience into focus and makes it accessible to insight is a mental faculty called sathipattana, usually translated as “mindfulness". ~ Bikkhu Bodi

MMC - Palmetto Retreat Center

4310 61st Street E · Palmetto, FL

What we're about

Practical, common-sense meditation instruction, retreats, downloads and more. Weekly beginner and continuing series meetings offered in Tampa and St Pete.

Meditation Tampa offers crystal-clear teaching on mindfulness and insight meditation practice that is practical, approachable and livable. As the Buddha said: "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

With this in mind, Meditation Tampa offers non-mystical, non-institutional and ritual-free teaching on the philosophy practice and benefits of mindfulness meditation - a very practical approach to mindfulness. We may spend time caring for our bodies: time in gyms, on jogging trails or in yoga classes. All with the intention to be more physically healthy and happy. The mind can be developed in the same way - towards happiness and health. With mindfulness meditation, we seek to train our minds towards a lasting happiness not dependent on external circumstances.

Meditation Tampa offers two weekly meetings that usually include a guided meditation, and focus on 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. The suggested donation is $15, yet there is no obligation. The suggested donation (dana) is $15 to offset expenses, yet all offerings of generosity are honored.

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. The instructors accomplished Western practitioners with substantial experience in deep meditation retreat. They approach meditation training from the perspective of one engaged in modern daily life, earning a living, facing everyday challenges and "walking the walk" with a daily practice of their own. We also offer monthly weekend retreats and longer-length retreats each year. The focus of all of these is a deeper engagement with the core practices of Buddhism: mindfulness, awakening and methods leading directly to realization.

Our intention is to share authentic mindfulness teaching in a manner that is both joyful and applicable to your life. Please feel free to contact us with questions or simply drop in for a firsthand experience, drop-ins and beginners are always welcome.

Oh, and, may you be happy!

For more information please visit us online at http://mindfulnessmeditationcenters.com

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