Past Meetup

Change Your Mind Day 2012

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Change Your Mind Day 2012 - Tampa Bay

A day for anyone interested in Buddhism, meditation, or spirituality.

Sharing ideas, music, food, and community.


When: Saturday, March 31,[masked] am - 3 pm

(arrive and leave at any time)

Philippe Park Shelter #1
2525 Philippe Pkwy,
Safety Harbor, FL 34695


(shelter #1 is the first shelter on the left after you enter the park and turn right at the bay)

Presentations and discussions.

Pot-luck vegetarian lunch.

Free books and other literature.

Buddhist art and music.

Who: Anyone interested in spirituality -- you don't need to rsvp or be a member of the meetup -- come as you are!

Cost: No charge or obligation


Sponsored by: Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Tampa Bay

Rick Ferriss[masked] (cell phone on site - log in to unmask)

For the eighth year, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship of Tampa Bay is sponsoring "Change Your Mind Day." A diverse group of Buddhists and friends of Buddhists are gathering from different communities and traditions to rejoice in their shared heritage and to learn about their differences.

If you are not a Buddhist, this is a great opportunity to discover the richness and variety of Dharma/Dhamma (there's more than one way to spell it) as represented in the Tampa Bay area. You will not be pressured or proselytized, just welcomed.

If you are a Buddhist, this is a chance to see what is going on outside your tradition or community.

-- from Michael Segers' 2010 article at


CYMD has become established as an opportunity for Buddhists from many different lineages to meet and interact. By focusing on particular topics we hope to encourage this interaction to evolve. Buddhist traditions and ideas have much to offer our modern culture. By working together, we hope to better alleviate suffering.

10:00-10:15 -- Opening ceremony: Pali chanting and 108 bells.

10:15-11:45 -- Discussion 1: Taking it off the cushion: Applying Buddhist practice in everyday life.

11:45-1:15 -- pot-luck vegetarian lunch (cold water and hot tea will be available throughout the day; some lunch-time entertainment is likely).

1:15-2:45 -- Discussion 2: Buddhism as philosophy vs Buddhism as religion.

2:45-3:00 -- Closing ceremony: Heart Sutra and 108 bells.



As at last year's CYMD, the main focus of the ninth annual Change Your Mind Day - Tampa Bay will be an open conversation. In each session, each of three or four panelists will give a 5 to 10 minute presentation, and then we will have an open discussion. We will sit in an approximate circle (some cushions and chairs will be available), and will welcome comments/questions by anyone who would like to speak.

Other opportunities
The event will also feature an area where free literature from various Buddhist groups is made available. Also, donated books on Buddhism and related topics will be offered for free. Some local Buddhist groups will have individual tables. Items and food may be given away, but nothing can be sold in the park according to Pinellas County Park policy.

We look forward to:

Volunteers to help with the literature area.

Updated literature from local groups -- please bring on March 31 or contact Tom or Rick to arrange mailing or pickup.

Volunteers to help with providing lunch-time entertainment (music, dance, poetry, etc, etc).

Volunteers to help with event setup starting at 8:30 am.

Groups and individuals to offer free literature, information, exhibits, etc (sorry - the Parks Dept does not allow sales or soliciting donations).

For info email [masked].


ps: CYMD began in New York's Central Park in 1993 and is now celebrated in many cities (coordinated by Tricyle Magazine). The name, "Change Your Mind Day" reflects the fundamental Buddhist teaching that we can change our lives by changing our thoughts. It is the basis for the opening verse of The Dhammapada, a collection of sayings attributed to the Buddha:

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Abandon such thoughts and live in love.

In this world,
hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
ancient and inexhaustible.

-- Ascribed to The Buddha
from The Dhammapada, as rendered by Thomas Byrom

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