Meditation and Buddhism in Tampa Bay
Yes!! You CAN learn to meditate!!NEW Weekly Meditation Class Series Starts This Week!Classes starting tomorrow, Wednesday, & Thursday, Sept 17 & 18!- Tampa (south), Achievement & Relaxation CenterWednesdays @ 7:15pm - 8:30pm, 815 S Rome Ave (Hyde Park Village)- Safety Harbor, Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist CenterThursdays @ 7:00pm - 8:30pmTopic: Developing a Daily Meditation PracticeThis series of classes is a practical guide to developing a daily meditation practice that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our live more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.For more info & to find a location near you visit:http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-courses/

Yes!! You CAN learn to meditate!!
NEW Weekly Meditation Class Series Starts This Week!
Classes starting tomorrow, Wednesday, & Thursday, Sept 17 & 18!
- Tampa (south), Achievement & Relaxation Center
Wednesdays @ 7:15pm - 8:30pm, 815 S Rome Ave (Hyde Park Village)
- Safety Harbor, Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center
Thursdays @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Topic: Developing a Daily Meditation Practice
This series of classes is a practical guide to developing a daily meditation practice that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our live more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.

For more info & to find a location near you visit:http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-courses/



NEW Weekly Meditation Class Series Starts This Week!Classes starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept 16 - Oct 11!NEW Class at central Tampa location (Ybor/Tampa Heights): Tuesdays @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm, 400 E. Palm Ave.Safety Harbor, Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center: Tuesdays @ 10:00am - 11:30am, 201 6th Ave. SSt. Petersburg, Metro Wellness Center:Tuesdays @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm, 3251 3rd Ave N.Topic: Developing a Daily Meditation PracticeThis series of classes is a practical guide to developing a daily meditation practice that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our live more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.For more info & to find a location near you visit:http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-courses/
NEW Weekly Meditation Class Series Starts This Week!
Classes starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept 16 - Oct 11!
NEW Class at central Tampa location (Ybor/Tampa Heights): 
Tuesdays @ 6:15pm - 7:30pm, 400 E. Palm Ave.
Safety Harbor, Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center: 
Tuesdays @ 10:00am - 11:30am, 201 6th Ave. S
St. Petersburg, Metro Wellness Center:
Tuesdays @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm, 3251 3rd Ave N.

Topic: Developing a Daily Meditation Practice
This series of classes is a practical guide to developing a daily meditation practice that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our live more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.

For more info & to find a location near you visit:http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-courses/
NEW Weekly Meditation Class Series Starts This Week!
Classes starting tomorrow, Monday, Sept 15 - Oct 10!
NEW Class at central Tampa location: 
Mondays @ 10am - 11:30 am, 400 E. Palm Ave.
Downtown Tampa, Tampa Museum of Art: 
Mondays @ 5:30pm - 7pm, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Largo Community Center:
Mondays @ 6pm - 7:30pm, 400 Alt Keene Rd.
Port Richey Unity Church
Mondays @ 7:15pm - 8:30pm, 5844 Pine Hill Rd.

Topic: Developing a Daily Meditation Practice
This series of classes is a practical guide to developing a daily meditation practice that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our live more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.

For more info & to find a location near you visit: http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-courses/

NEW Weekly Meditation Class Series Starts This Week!

Classes starting tomorrow, Monday, Sept 15 - Oct 10!

NEW Class at central Tampa location: 

Mondays @ 10am - 11:30 am, 400 E. Palm Ave.

Downtown Tampa, Tampa Museum of Art: 

Mondays @ 5:30pm - 7pm, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza

Largo Community Center:

Mondays @ 6pm - 7:30pm, 400 Alt Keene Rd.

Port Richey Unity Church

Mondays @ 7:15pm - 8:30pm, 5844 Pine Hill Rd.

Topic: Developing a Daily Meditation Practice

This series of classes is a practical guide to developing a daily meditation practice that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way making our live more meaningful. Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.

For more info & to find a location near you visit: http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-courses/

Join us September 20, from 1pm - 5:30pm for a half day family retreat. With our busy lives today, it is often difficult to find the time or space to create meaningful moments with your family. In this special half-day course, which is specially designed for families, you will have an opportunity to enjoy some meaningful time with your family in a peaceful and spiritual environment. Gen Kelsang Chokyan will give teachings and guide meditations and discussions, that the whole family can participate in and enjoy. Cost is $40 per family, $20 per individual. Click here for more info.

Join us September 20, from 1pm - 5:30pm for a half day family retreat. With our busy lives today, it is often difficult to find the time or space to create meaningful moments with your family. In this special half-day course, which is specially designed for families, you will have an opportunity to enjoy some meaningful time with your family in a peaceful and spiritual environment. Gen Kelsang Chokyan will give teachings and guide meditations and discussions, that the whole family can participate in and enjoy. Cost is $40 per family, $20 per individual. Click here for more info.

Lamrim Retreat  Meditation 14: Meditation on training in yogic direct perceivers
Purpose:                       the purpose of this meditation is to advance ourself from the stage of an ordinary being to that of the great Yogi, a Superior Bodhisattva. The moment we become a Superior Bodhisattva we will be free from receiving any harm from delusions. Our realization of a yogic direct perceiver destroys the power of the delusions. Whenever we meditate on emptiness with the intention to transform our mind into a yogic direct perceiver we are training in yogic direct perceivers.
Object of Meditation: The object of this meditation is the emptiness of all phenomena, the mere absence of all phenomena that we normally see or perceive. When through contemplation a firm knowledge of the mere absence of all phenomena that we normally see or perceive develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.
Contemplation:                                                      For example, we normally see our body within its parts - the hands, back and so forth - but neither the individual parts nor the collection of the parts is our body because they are the parts of our body and not the body itself. However, there is no ‘our body’ other than its parts. Researching with wisdom for our body in this way, we realize that our body is unfindable. This is a valid reason to prove that our body that we normally perceive does not exist at all.
Also, we normally see ourselves within our body and mind, but neither our body, nor our mind, nor the collection of our body and mind are our self, because these are our possessions and our self is the possessor; and possessor and possessions cannot be the same. However, there is no ‘our self’ other than our body and mind. Researching with wisdom for ourselves in this way, we realize that our self is unfindable. This is a valid reason to prove that our self that we normally see does not exist at all.
For further explanation read pages 309 – 315  in How to Understand the Mind. Click here to purchase: http://www.tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind#.U_uhdvldXdQ

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Lamrim Retreat
Meditation 14: Meditation on training in yogic direct perceivers

Purpose:                     
the purpose of this meditation is to advance ourself from the stage of an ordinary being to that of the great Yogi, a Superior Bodhisattva. The moment we become a Superior Bodhisattva we will be free from receiving any harm from delusions. Our realization of a yogic direct perceiver destroys the power of the delusions. Whenever we meditate on emptiness with the intention to transform our mind into a yogic direct perceiver we are training in yogic direct perceivers.

Object of Meditation:
The object of this meditation is the emptiness of all phenomena, the mere absence of all phenomena that we normally see or perceive. When through contemplation a firm knowledge of the mere absence of all phenomena that we normally see or perceive develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.

Contemplation:                                                    
For example, we normally see our body within its parts - the hands, back and so forth - but neither the individual parts nor the collection of the parts is our body because they are the parts of our body and not the body itself. However, there is no ‘our body’ other than its parts. Researching with wisdom for our body in this way, we realize that our body is unfindable. This is a valid reason to prove that our body that we normally perceive does not exist at all.

Also, we normally see ourselves within our body and mind, but neither our body, nor our mind, nor the collection of our body and mind are our self, because these are our possessions and our self is the possessor; and possessor and possessions cannot be the same. However, there is no ‘our self’ other than our body and mind. Researching with wisdom for ourselves in this way, we realize that our self is unfindable. This is a valid reason to prove that our self that we normally see does not exist at all.

For further explanation read pages 309 – 315  in How to Understand the Mind. Click here to purchase: http://www.tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind#.U_uhdvldXdQ

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Lamrim Retreat  Meditation 13: Meditation on our determination and promise to sincerely practice the six perfections
Purpose:                       The purpose of this meditation is to reach directly the state of enlightenment. The six perfections are the actual path to enlightenment, and they are also the path of bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva’s path. You actresses of her, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom, motivated by bodhichitta. We should recognize that the six perfections are our daily practice.
Object of Meditation: The object in this meditation is our determination and promised to sincerely practiced the six perfections. When through contemplation a firm determination and promise develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.
Contemplation:                                                      just as all the previous Buddhas generated the precious mind of bodhichitta and accomplished all the stages of the Bodhisattva’s path, so will I see you for the sake of all living beings generate the precious mind of bodhichitta and accomplish all the stages of the Bodhisattva’s path, the practice of the six perfections.
For further explanation read pages 305 – 309 in How to Understand the Mind. Click here to purchase: http://www.tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind#.U_uhdvldXdQ

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Lamrim Retreat
Meditation 13: Meditation on our determination and promise to sincerely practice the six perfections

Purpose:                     
The purpose of this meditation is to reach directly the state of enlightenment. The six perfections are the actual path to enlightenment, and they are also the path of bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva’s path. You actresses of her, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom, motivated by bodhichitta. We should recognize that the six perfections are our daily practice.

Object of Meditation:
The object in this meditation is our determination and promised to sincerely practiced the six perfections. When through contemplation a firm determination and promise develops in our heart, we have found the object of this meditation.

Contemplation:                                                    
just as all the previous Buddhas generated the precious mind of bodhichitta and accomplished all the stages of the Bodhisattva’s path, so will I see you for the sake of all living beings generate the precious mind of bodhichitta and accomplish all the stages of the Bodhisattva’s path, the practice of the six perfections.

For further explanation read pages 305 – 309 in How to Understand the Mind. Click here to purchase: http://www.tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind#.U_uhdvldXdQ

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Lamrim Retreat  Meditation 12: Meditation on the supreme good heart, bodhichitta
Purpose:                       The purpose of this meditation is to engage in the Bodhisattva’s path - the actual path to enlightenment. Bodhichitta is an inner vehicle that possesses six wheels, the six perfections. ‘Bodhi’ means enlightenment, and ‘chitta’ means mind. Bodhichitta is a mind that spontaneously wishes to attain enlightenment to benefit each and every living being every day. The moment we develop bodhichitta we become a bodhisattva, a person who spontaneously wishes to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.
Object of Meditation: The object of this meditation is our determination to attain enlightenment to benefit each and every living being every day. When through contemplation a firm determination develops, we have found the object of this meditation.
Contemplation:                                                       I am one single person but other living beings are countless, and they are all my kind mothers. These countless mother beings have to experience unbearable physical suffering and mental pain in this life and in their countless future lives. Compared with the suffering of these countless living beings, my own suffering is insignificant. I must liberate all living beings from suffering permanently, and for this purpose I must attain a Buddha’s enlightenment.
For further explanation read pages 302 – 305  in How to Understand the Mind. Click here to purchase: http://www.tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind#.U_uhdvldXdQ

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Lamrim Retreat
Meditation 12: Meditation on the supreme good heart, bodhichitta

Purpose:                     
The purpose of this meditation is to engage in the Bodhisattva’s path - the actual path to enlightenment. Bodhichitta is an inner vehicle that possesses six wheels, the six perfections. ‘Bodhi’ means enlightenment, and ‘chitta’ means mind. Bodhichitta is a mind that spontaneously wishes to attain enlightenment to benefit each and every living being every day. The moment we develop bodhichitta we become a bodhisattva, a person who spontaneously wishes to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

Object of Meditation:
The object of this meditation is our determination to attain enlightenment to benefit each and every living being every day. When through contemplation a firm determination develops, we have found the object of this meditation.

Contemplation:                                                     
I am one single person but other living beings are countless, and they are all my kind mothers. These countless mother beings have to experience unbearable physical suffering and mental pain in this life and in their countless future lives. Compared with the suffering of these countless living beings, my own suffering is insignificant. I must liberate all living beings from suffering permanently, and for this purpose I must attain a Buddha’s enlightenment.

For further explanation read pages 302 – 305  in How to Understand the Mind. Click here to purchase: http://www.tharpa.com/us/how-to-understand-the-mind#.U_uhdvldXdQ

Please comment if you have any questions!