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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

Upcoming events (5+)

Introduction to Mindfulness

Prana Yoga Studio

Sarasota at 3840 S Osprey Ave. (Prana Yoga Studio) DIRECTIONS: From Bee Ridge and Tamiami/41, Prana Yoga is across from the Paradise Plaza Shopping Center, (across from Publix), between the bike shops, behind the dry cleaner. Starting at 10:30 am In class or online through FaceBook Every Sunday morning we have a guided meditation, a Dharma talk and some Q&A. This series focuses on teachings of the Buddha and application of these teachings to our modern lifestyles. This is perfect for friends or family who may have an interest in Buddhism, mindfulness or meditating, but little experience or training. Its also a wonderful opportunity to encounter the richness of being in the present moment. This meeting is open to students of all levels and is especially appropriate for beginners. It is taught by Michael and others in the community. 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. Chairs and cushions are provided. Dress casually and comfortably. 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

Dharma Talk on Buddha Nature

MMC - Palmetto Retreat Center

Buddha Nature led by Michael Gregory The root word Buddha in Sanskrit means to wake up or to know, and he or she who wakes up to reality as it is without conceptual fabrications and destructive emotion is called a Buddha. It's as simple as that. The capacity to wake up and to love, which are the most essential aspects of every living being, is called Buddha Nature. All phenomena of the universe, audible and inaudible, tangible and intangible, sentient and even insentient, are the clear and ceaseless expression of Buddha Nature. The pointing out instructions and methods for directly experiencing Buddha Nature, the very essence of your being, will be given in a step-by-step manner during this four-and-a-half month course. All are welcome in this advanced meditation series presented by former monk and long-term meditation retreat instructor Michael Gregory. If you are new to meditation and do not currently have a DAILY meditation practice, you might consider attending some of the Sunday classes first. At that time, you can discuss with the teacher to learn more about joining the Tuesday classes. May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease🙏 Meet at 6pm at the Retreat center to eat dinner together (bring your own meal) Class starts promptly at 7pm. Carpool Information: Sarasota: 5PM - Home Depot Parking Lot off of Bee Ridge on Cattleman Drive (near the Gardening section) Instagram:mindmichael For longer posts go to http://www.mindfulnessbeyondtherapy.com or for meditation classes and retreats: http://www.mindfulnessmeditationcenters.com Tampa 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.

Introduction to Mindfulness

Prana Yoga Studio

Sarasota at 3840 S Osprey Ave. (Prana Yoga Studio) DIRECTIONS: From Bee Ridge and Tamiami/41, Prana Yoga is across from the Paradise Plaza Shopping Center, (across from Publix), between the bike shops, behind the dry cleaner. Starting at 10:30 am In class or online through FaceBook Every Sunday morning we have a guided meditation, a Dharma talk and some Q&A. This series focuses on teachings of the Buddha and application of these teachings to our modern lifestyles. This is perfect for friends or family who may have an interest in Buddhism, mindfulness or meditating, but little experience or training. Its also a wonderful opportunity to encounter the richness of being in the present moment. This meeting is open to students of all levels and is especially appropriate for beginners. It is taught by Michael and others in the community. 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. Chairs and cushions are provided. Dress casually and comfortably. 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

Dharma Talk on Buddha Nature

MMC - Palmetto Retreat Center

Buddha Nature led by Michael Gregory The root word Buddha in Sanskrit means to wake up or to know, and he or she who wakes up to reality as it is without conceptual fabrications and destructive emotion is called a Buddha. It's as simple as that. The capacity to wake up and to love, which are the most essential aspects of every living being, is called Buddha Nature. All phenomena of the universe, audible and inaudible, tangible and intangible, sentient and even insentient, are the clear and ceaseless expression of Buddha Nature. The pointing out instructions and methods for directly experiencing Buddha Nature, the very essence of your being, will be given in a step-by-step manner during this four-and-a-half month course. All are welcome in this advanced meditation series presented by former monk and long-term meditation retreat instructor Michael Gregory. If you are new to meditation and do not currently have a DAILY meditation practice, you might consider attending some of the Sunday classes first. At that time, you can discuss with the teacher to learn more about joining the Tuesday classes. May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease🙏 Meet at 6pm at the Retreat center to eat dinner together (bring your own meal) Class starts promptly at 7pm. Carpool Information: Sarasota: 5PM - Home Depot Parking Lot off of Bee Ridge on Cattleman Drive (near the Gardening section) Instagram:mindmichael For longer posts go to http://www.mindfulnessbeyondtherapy.com or for meditation classes and retreats: http://www.mindfulnessmeditationcenters.com Tampa 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.

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Dharma Talk on Buddha Nature

MMC - Palmetto Retreat Center

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