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7-4-21

During this talk, our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, shares with us the importance of community and how Dharma transmission manifests through relationship between teachers and students. Fred also shares with us the meaning of the phrase "All people are created equal and entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in relationship to the Buddhist teachings.

7-11-21

During this talk, our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, shares with us and comments on the Fourteen Verses on Meditation from the Plum Village chanting book "Chanting from the Heart", Thay's summary of his meditative path.

6-6-21

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us the meaning and significance of a Wisdom Retreat. We also hear sharing from four FCM members who were on this week's retreat.

Since the time of the Buddha, countless teachers have pointed out the innate simplicity and spontaneous wisdom of our true mind. Unfettered by conditioning and emotional reactivity, this mind has the capacity to guide and support us spontaneously in living an awakened life. Directly experiencing the mind and all the things that appear in it (especially the self!) as empty of any substance or solidity allows one to break through into the totally open and spacious mind nature. This is the basis of true transformation.

5-23-21

 

During this talk, our teacher, Fred Eppsteiner, explains the profound significance in the Buddha's birth and Enlightenment. Celebrating the Buddha's birth, Fred share with us the meaning of the Buddha's Awakened Mind, and how we can reflect and celebrate on this most wonderful manifestation of wisdom and compassion in the life of the Buddha.

5-16-21

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner continues to share with us the significance of meditation gathas. Continuing from his last talk Fred shows us how to not just listen to the words, but to tend to the meaning of each gatha. These gathas are trying to "wake us up." Fred encourages us to stop and reflect on the meaning of each gatha.

​5-2-21

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us the significance of meditation gathas. In our community we hear morning chants, evening chants, before inviting the bell, or before a Dharma talk. Fred shows us how to not just listen to the words, but to tend to the meaning of each gatha. These gathas are trying to "wake us up." Fred encourages us to stop and reflect on the meaning of each gatha.

4-18-21

During this Sunday at the Florida Community of Mindfulness, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner answers questions from students.

Fred also shares some teachings on 'self' and readings from the Deconstructing the Myth of Self Intensive including Chandrakirti and Eckard Tolle.

4-11-21

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner opens with a sharing about the Order of Interbeing and sharings from this year's new OI aspirants. Fred also shares his reflections on this past year of the pandemic and how we can be aware of any fear and attachment to views that we may have been cultivating and watering over the past year in isolation.

Fred then shares several teachings from Zurchungpa, who's teachings are the focus of one of the current intensives going on this spring.

"No need to say you are interested in the Dharma if you have not turned your mind away from samsara."

"No need to meditate on emptiness if you have not countered attachment to the things you perceive."

"No need to practice meditation if you do not turn your mind away from desire."

"No need for fine words if you have not assimilated the meaning yourself."

"No need to apply the instructions if you do not have devotion."

~Zurchungpa

 

These teachings are mirrors for us to look at ourselves and our practice. Can we see ourselves more objectively in the light of these teachings?

2-7-21

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us the affects of people being alone during this past year and how we see other people as potential dangers. We have all developed these bubbles around us and many of us have become weary or even fearful after this year. But now is a good time to renew by touching deeply this present moment. 

2-28-21

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner introduces the Yogacara tradition's understanding of the structure of our mind and how it functions. He explains how understanding how the mind works in this way can help us be clear on how we need to work with our minds in order to free ourselves of suffering and develop a happy mind.

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