What we're about

In this group, we study the Buddha's earliest teachings as recorded in the Pali Canon. We practice samatha and vipassana (calming and insight) meditation and also study the teachings to understand how to apply them to our daily lives.

The monastery is led by monks ordained and trained in the oldest tradition of Buddhism still existing today, Theravada (https://mahamevnawabm.org/theravada-buddhism/). Our classes are conducted primarily by Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka. They provide spiritual and meditation guidance to the Tampa Bay community.

The Mahamevnawa Meditation Monastery Florida (https://www.sunshinemeditation.org) (Sunshine Meditation Center) (pronounced maha-may-oo-NA-va) is a branch of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monasteries (https://mahamevnawabm.org/) which was founded in Sri Lanka. The monastery’s sole purpose is to spread the original teachings of the Buddha. The monastery is a warm and welcoming place for everyone to investigate true happiness through Dhamma and meditation.

Cost: All activities at the monastery are completely free. However, you are welcome to make a donation to the monastery as you see fit. Theravada Buddhists practice the tradition of dana, which is a Pali (the language of the Buddha) word for generosity. The monastery runs solely on the generosity of the community.

Even though yoga does not belong to the Theravada tradition the monastery has provided the opportunity for people to practice due to the health benefits. The monastery has supplied the space to Ivan Castillo of Synergetic Yoga Academy for the last few years for the purpose of providing yoga to the Tampa Bay community. He has over 30 years of experience.

About the yoga classes:

Ivan’s Yoga Classes are inspired from traditional Hatha Yoga and Classical Yoga. It is called Synergetic Yoga because it creates a synergy between mindfulness, breathing and a flow of yoga poses that awakens the innate intelligence of our bodies which free us at every level. Free your mind, Free your body. Open to all levels.

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One day meditation retreat

Sunshine Meditation Center

Dear Dhamma friends, We would like to invite you to join us for a Mindfulness Meditation retreat with Bhante, at our Meditation Center. The retreat will start at 8.30 am on Sunday morning and finish at 2.30 pm. In this event we will focus on practicing Vipassana and Samatha mindfulness techniques. We ask people to bring food 'potluck' style for lunch. Spaces are limited so please sign up at the provided link. This retreat is free of charge and donations are welcomed. Please join us Sunday April 21th, @ 8.30am until 2.30 pm, 11727 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL-33612. If you have any questions please call[masked]

SYNERGETIC YOGA

Sunshine Meditation Center

Sign up now (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H24rGzEwHYCoFq8Gem-ds2X3oJs3vEdWl2iGFnc7FxY/viewform?c=0&w=1) Join us and experience the synergy between the mindfulness of our breathing and the flow of poses that help awaken the innate intelligence in our bodies. Free your mind, Free your body. Open to all levels. Suggested donation $5.00 To receive our text alerts, register your mobile phone here: http://tinyurl.com/j2g93mc Join and like our FB community page: https://www.facebook.com/SynergeticYoga Visit us at http://www.synergeticyoga.com Donations (Dana) All retreats and classes at Sunshine Meditation Center are run solely on a donation basis. Thus, Yoga and Vipassana are offered free from commercialism and with the intent to make them available to everyone. You may give a donation, small or large according to your means and volition. You donate not with the idea of paying for what you have received, but to give someone else the same opportunity in the future. Each center is financially autonomous and these donations are the only source of funding; there is no wealthy foundation or individual sponsoring the courses. Returning students may give a donation at any time. Looking forward to seeing you in one of our classes. May our practice be free of obstacles and full of Insights. May all beings achieve Nirvana! ~ Ivan Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Yoga Team Monthly Potluck

Sunshine Meditation Center

• What we'll do Namaste! Come and join us for our Monthly Potluck and share food in the company of kindred spirits. Also, we will be offering Dana - Offering Lunch - to our resident Monks (Bhikkus) to support them in their practice in the spirit of generosity. • What to bring It is all about Sharing! Bring a dish to share if you feel inspired to. Not Necessary to come and partake. Visit this link to help us organize the potluck: http://bit.ly/2iD8k8m May you be able to join us and gain merits. • Important to know If you are bringing a dish to share and to be able to offer to our resident monks make sure to bring your dish no later than 11 am. In The Theravada Tradition Monks don't eat after 12 pm. It is all about Sharing & Thanksgiving!

FREE MEDITATION 101

Sunshine Meditation Center

Join us and practice Meditation with a community of kindred spirits. Samatha (tranquility) meditation and Vipassana (insight) meditation constitute the two main pathways towards happiness. During this class, there will be a period for meditation instruction and practice, a Dhamma talk, and a question and answer period. Bring your presence and awaken to the ever now. Suggested donation $5.00 Currently, we are using the book by William Hart: The Art of Living - Vipassana Meditation As Taught by S. N. Goenka. In my opinion the easiest intro book to this technique: http://amzn.to/2uXqq9q Time: 12.30pm – 1:30pm Donations (Dana) All retreats and classes at Sunshine Meditation Center are run solely on a donation basis. Thus, Yoga and Vipassana Meditation are offered free from commercialism and with the intent to make them available to everyone. You may give a donation, small or large according to your means and volition. You donate not with the idea of paying for what you have received, but to give someone else the same opportunity in the future. Each center is financially autonomous and these donations are the only source of funding; there is no wealthy foundation or individual sponsoring the courses. Returning students may give a donation at any time. Looking forward to seeing you in one of our classes. May our practice be free of obstacles and full of Insights. May all beings achieve Nirvana! ~ Ivan Yoga & Meditation Instructor

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Vipassana Meditation with a Monk

Sunshine Meditation Center

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