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VMMC provides instruction in mindfulness meditation, a place to practice, ongoing weekly classes, classes with visiting meditation teachers, and opportunities to participate in extended meditation retreats.

Mindfulness meditation is not a struggle to force your mind into becoming something it is not. Rather, it is simply the clear observation and gentle acceptance of what is. This is not to say thatmindfulness meditation is without challenges. Dilligent effort is required to reap the benefits of mindfulness meditation. With practice you will learn to be with your thinking process in kindness and self acceptance. This creates space for emotional and mental patterns to gently unwind and lose their grip on our consciousness.

Mindfulness meditation has numerous benefits. It increases powers of concentration that are useful in almost any life activity. It melts away unhealthy chronic stress. It cultivates a peaceful tolerance for the irritants of life. It provides a method for coping with pain. It increases enjoyment of life's pleasures. And much more. Neuroscience shows that it produces positive changes in the brain itself.

Nothing is needed to begin your practice of mindfulness meditation other than a quiet place, a comfortable seat, and guidance on a simple technique. The Venice Mindfulness Meditation Community provides all three.

Although mindfulness meditation comes from the buddhist tradition it is now practiced by people of all faiths and in many secular formats such as stress relief clinics, schools and wellness programs.

The Tuesday afternoon class and the Sunday class have guided meditation so all can attend - new and seasoned practitioners. Other classes are added periodically.
Please let us know how we can assist you. If you have questions call 941 323 8033 We usually meet at
the Venice Holistic Community Center 714 Shamrock Blvd, Venice 34292

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Meditation & Discussion with Venice Tergar Sangha Fridays 2:00 - 3:30 EDTDrop ins welcome. TIMES AND DAYS CHANGE REGULARLY, PLEASE CALL FOR MOST UPDATED INFORMATION AND ZOOM SIGN ON. Based on The Joy of Living teachings of Buddhist teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Learn to rest in our Natural Mind of peace and joy. Useful to those of any or no spiritual tradition. Each week has 20 minute guided meditation followed by discussion of a topic helpful for our lives and deepening our meditations. July topic Working with Emotions in Meditation, Everyday Life and Difficult Situations. For new and experienced meditators. For more info call[masked]

ONLINE! Mindfulness Meditation and Discussions

Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center

A mindfulness meditation practice will be guided by one of the Blue Lotus monks or periodically Jillaurie or Jim may substitute. This typically includes guided meditation, loving-kindness( metta) meditation and silent meditation. Practice is followed by a discussion session to support understanding and growth in the practice of mindfulness. Those who are new to meditation are welcome as well as experienced meditators. A ten dollar donation is welcome to support our meditation center, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday Meditation 10:30AM- 12 PM



Donations are deeply appreciated as they support the expenses of maintaining the Blue Lotus Center. Bhante Chan, Bhante San and the other monastics providing classes and support through the center are self supporting through their full time jobs in the health professions. They do not accept any of the donation monies for the center; their work on our behalf at the center is their gift to us. Let's practice generosity during these challenging times as we support the Blue Lotus Center within our means to do so.

online: Buddhist Wisdom for Everyday Life

Blue Lotus Buddhist Meditation Center

Buddhist Wisdom For Everyday Life, a secular class continues online

We are all figuring out new ways everyday to make life little less complicated for us. After a participant's suggestion, we looked into creating a single link for all the Zoom meditation classes we offer. However, please NOTE Tergar group have its own link since it is not offered by the Blue Lotus. New Link will be effective staring Saturday the 05/16/20.

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Sunday 4:00 - 5:30

This week's topic: Dealing with Anxiety in Anxious Times
Buddhism gives us many techniques to lessen our anxiety. This time of coronavirus is very challenging, yet it offers us an opportunity to improve our practice and insight. Because things arise in our minds during these hard times that are usually dormant, we get a rare chance to have insight into this level of our conditioning. Meditation not only calms us but trains us to have a perspective on our own minds and thought patterns. We can learn how we create our own anxiety and how we can relieve it. We will explore these issues today. Hopefully, this will not only be immediately helpful but also improve our resilience for whatever life brings our way.

The basic teachings of Buddhism can make our lives more workable and give us an enlightened perspective. A chance to meditate as well as a time to explore teachings that are designed to lead us to peace and happiness. Offered by the Venice Mindfulness Meditation Community. Suggested donation $10 helps support our wonderful Center where we meet. If you are low income please pay what you can afford.


Jim Piekarski, LMFT, Jim Piekarski is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist (CA) who lives in Venice and teaches meditation and Buddhist wisdom. He is the author of Mastering Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Transforming Emotional Reactivity.

Monk San, Bhante Chan. All three monks received ordination from Bhante Sujatha in Sri Lanka. After moving to Florida, they have been working to establish the Serenity Buddhist Meditation Center, Sarasota. They have a keen understanding of the teachings and western culture and helping us find inner peace.

Jillaurie Crane, M.A. is an educator and Buddhist Chaplain with over 30 years of meditation practice and study. She completed a seven year training in buddhist studies, practice, retreats, seminary program and a meditation instructor/teacher training and teaches in a secular format. She is a retired psychotherapist.

Silent sitting and walking meditation ONLINE Mon. and Thurs 1:00 PM - 2: 15 PM

We start and end with silent meditation; there is walking meditation practice during the session.

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Please remember to practice generosity in donating to support sustaining the Blue Lotus Meditation Center during this time. All donations go to the Center Fund to maintain the physical building and our our outreach work. We wish to serve this community well and to have a ripple effect globally. Blue Lotus Meditation Center Florida is a 503c non for profit and donations are tax exempt. Donations may be made with Paypal to Blue Lotus Meditation Center or with a Debit or Credit Card at blbmc.org by looking in the menu under 'donate'. Any amount is appreciated.

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