Weekly Meeting Time and Location
- Every Wednesday 6:30PM
Meeting location (new):
- Peaceful Escapes Massage and Healing Arts Studio
- 601 E. Elcam Circle B-3
- Marco Island, FL 34145
Short Description of MI Sangha
Mindful-meditative practices and teachings in the tradition of renowned Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Our evening begins with Mindful-Movement followed by sitting and walking meditation. We end with a Dharma reading/discussion.
About - Meditation on Marco Island
"To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace"
by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation on Marco Island is a group of individuals who gather each week to encourage and support each other's mindful-meditation and daily application of the teachings. We are a non-sectarian Buddhist meditation group. We practice together in the spirit of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned, poet, author and artist. To read more about this wonderful living, non-violent being please go to:
Most members are from the various major World religions. In Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition, he encourages all not to give up their religious practice, instead he urges everyone to continue with their current religious path or to return to their root religions. And to use the mindfulness practice and teachings to enhance each person's understanding of their own root religions.
We also gather most inspiration from the founder and teacher of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, Fred Eppsteiner, who has been practicing Buddhist meditation and mindful-living for nearly forty years. Fred is a well respected and beloved teacher who draws from both his background as a therapist and his understanding experience of both Tibetan Buddhist and Zen lineages. Fred travels from St. Petersburg to Naples approximately every other Sunday evening to give a Dharma talk. To learn more about Fred please go to: floridamindfulness.org.
We learn how to come home to ourselves by stepping back from the stresses of day to day living and instead set aside time to touch the innate peace and wisdom which resides in each one of us. These fundamental human qualities are available to all of us in each moment. Becoming familiar with the capacity to dwell in calm serenity and ease allows us to live more freely, and connect deeply with our beloveds, our co-workers, our neighbors and friends. All of these precious gems are available to us in each mindful-breath of life. Practicing mindful-meditation is like uncovering a refreshing pool of cool healing and wisdom. We come home to ourselves so we can function better in our often busy, confusing lives.
Whether you wish to relieve stress, lower blood pressure get to know yourself on a deeper level, or follow the Path of a Bodhisattva, mindful walking and sitting meditation are doors to healthier more productive peaceful lives. Our meditation is free but we do ask for a donation which is called "Dana" or generosity in Pali. It is an ancient tradition of expressing gratitude for the instructions freely given. Dana can be offered in many ways such as sharing your time setting up, cleaning up or bringing flowers.
Everyone is welcome, whether you are a beginner or an old-timer.
Please share your insights and precious Mindful energy with us.