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2022-01-28 10:28

Want to test your knowledge of Buddhism?  Click here to open an interactive quiz.  The quiz includes all of the different "schools of Buddhism and also answers to all the questions.

The Temple will hold meditation workshops on the following days in 2017.  Note that all of the scheduled workshops are held on Saturday afternoon in the main Temple at Wat Tampa.  The instructions for signing up will be posted here once the Temple has provided the instructions.

1. Saturday, April 15, 2017, 13:00-16:00

2. Saturday, June 24, 2017, 13:00-16:00

3. Saturday, August 26, 2017, 13:00-16:00

4. Saturday, October 28, 2017, 13:00-16:00 - CANCELLED

5. Saturday, December 30, 2017, 13:00-16:00 - CANCELLED

Please refer to the Meditation Guidelines for the proper etiquette for the workshops.

Use the Feedback icon (left side of the screen) to request the Meditation Workshop registration form.

The following is the schedule for a typical workshop.  This schedule may be modified as needed.

Typical Meditation Workshop Schedule
Time Leaders Activities Location
12:45 - 13:00  Dr. Wan / Volunteers   Registration Common Area
13:00 - 13:10 Volunteers Welcome The Buddha Hall
13:10 - 13:20 The Abbot Morning Chanting & Five Precepts The Buddha Hall
13:20 - 13:30 Dr. Wan / Volunteers  Break Common Area
13:30 - 14:00 Chaplain Niphon  Introduction to Meditation and practice The Buddha Hall
14:00 - 14:30 Chaplain Niphon  Mindful Streching (Moving Meditation) Outdoor
14:30 - 15:00 Chaplain Niphon  Mindful Walking (Moving Meditation) Outdoor
15:00 - 15:30 Chaplain Niphon  Mindful Sitting (Sitting Meditation) The Buddha Hall
15:30 - 16:00 Chaplain Niphon  Questions and Answers The Buddha Hall
16:00 All Adjourn





One Day Meditation Workshop for Mindful living
At Wat Mongkolratanaram, Tampa FL.
5306 Palm River Rd.   Tampa,   FL 33619
Thursday June 1, 2017
08.30 a.m.      Register
09.00 a.m.      Welcome to Wat Mongkolratanaram, Tampa by Ven.Dr.Thanat
09.15 a.m.      Morning chanting and take five precepts
09.30 a.m.      Introduction to Meditation and Practice by Ven.Dhammadipa, Ph.D from US Zen Institute Germantown, Maryland
10.00 a.m.      Sitting meditation
10.15 a.m.      Walking meditation
10.30 a.m.      Sitting meditation
10.45 a.m.      Walking meditation
10.50 a.m.      Spread loving-kindness and compassion
11.00 a.m.      Take a break for Lunch
12.30 p.m.      Walking meditation with mindfulness
01.00 p.m.      Sitting meditation
01.15 p.m.      Walking meditation
01.30 p.m.      Sitting meditation
01.45 p.m.      Breathing exercise and Yoga 
02.00 p.m.      Dhamma talks by Ven. Dhammadipa
                        • How you can benefit from meditation
                        • The Loving-kindness meditation
03.00 p.m.      Questions & Answers 
03.45 p.m.      Spread loving-kindness and compassion
                       • Offering Sangha-Dana (Gifts offering)
                       • Blessing to all the participants
04.00 p.m.      Closing
If you plan to attend please review the Meditation Guidelines at this URL.  Also, please use the Feedback icon (left side of screen) if you have questions or to inform us that you plan to attend.  Registration forms will be available at the Temple on Sunday or at the door.
 What is meditation?
  • Meditation is an art of mind development and mind training.
  • Practice meditation just five minutes at a time, three times a day,
  • Stay away from stress, tension and anxiety.
Meditation practitioners gain a more stable mind and function more efficiently at work.
  • When mind is Weak, situation becomes a Problem.
  • When mind is Balanced, situation becomes a Challenge.
  • When mind is Strong, situation becomes an Opportunity
  • When mind is Pure, situation becomes an Enlightenment!

The following is taken directly from http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/8foldpath.htm

The Path

1. Samma-Ditthi — Complete or Perfect Vision, also translated as right view or understanding. Vision of the nature of reality and the path of transformation.

2.      Samma-Sankappa — Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as right thought or attitude.  Liberating     emotional intelligence in your life and acting from love and compassion. An informed heart and feeling mind that are free to practice letting go.

3.      Samma-Vaca — Perfected or whole Speech. Also called right speech. Clear, truthful, uplifting and non-harmful communication.

4.      Samma-Kammanta — Integral Action. Also called right action. An ethical foundation for life based on the principle of non-exploitation of oneself and others. The five precepts.

5.      Samma-Ajiva — Proper Livelihood. Also called right livelihood. This is a livelihood based on correct action the ethical principal of non-exploitation. The basis of an Ideal society.

6.      Samma-Vayama —  Complete or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort or diligence.  Consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative and healing action that fosters wholeness. Conscious evolution.

7.      Samma-Sati —  Complete or Thorough Awareness. Also called "right mindfulness". Developing awareness, "if you hold yourself dear watch yourself well". Levels of Awareness and mindfulness - of things,  oneself, feelings, thought, people and Reality.

8.      Samma-Samadhi — Full, Integral or Holistic Samadhi. This is often translated as concentration,  meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. None of these translations is adequate. Samadhi literally means to be fixed, absorbed in or established at one point, thus the first level         of meaning is concentration when the mind is fixed on a single object. The second level of meaning  goes further and represents the establishment, not just of the mind, but also of the whole being in various levels or modes of consciousness and awareness. This is Samadhi in the sense of  enlightenment or Buddhahood. The word Samma means 'proper', 'whole', 'thorough', 'integral',  'complete', and 'perfect' - related to English 'summit' - It does not necessarily mean 'right',  as opposed to 'wrong'. However it is often translated as "right" which can send a less than  accurate message. For instance the opposite of 'Right Awareness' is not necessarily 'Wrong".   Awareness'. It may simply be incomplete. Use of the word 'right' may make for a neat or consistent list of qualities in translations. The down side is that it can give the impression  that the Path is a narrow and moralistic approach to the spiritual life. I use variant interpretations so you consider the depth of meanings. What do these things mean in your life right now?

-  John Allan   

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