Exploring Buddhist Principles and Practice
A Six Week Seminar Series at Open Mind Zen
Tuesday Evenings, 7 pm July 3rd –
These workshops will explore fundamentals of Buddhist practice
which will inform and enrich participants regardless of their level of
experience. Each class will include a teaching, a short period of meditation
with instruction and time for discussion. Facilitators include senior students
and teachers at Open Mind Zen as well as other experienced seminar leaders
affiliated with our Sangha (community).
July 3rd: Buddhism
as a Path of Transformation With Rev.
Buddhism is unique among world religions in that it doesn't
emphasize what you believe but focuses instead on exploration of your own
consciousness. It offers many tools for that exploration and for creating more
peace and happiness within. In this class we will explore the transformative
power of Buddhist principles and practices.
Rev. Elizabeth Stamper has trained and taught extensively
in the areas of meditation, transformational breathwork, relationships, inner
child work, spiritual growth and healing. Elizabeth is a licensed
psychotherapist in private practice and was ordained by the Chaplaincy
Institute in March 2011.
July 10th: The Four NobleTruths With Sensei Al Rapaport and Rev. Elizabeth Stamper
Buddha's first teaching after attaining enlightenment, the Four Noble Truths,
represent one of the central teachings of the Buddhist tradition. They are: The
Noble Truth of Suffering, The Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, The Noble
Truth of the Cessation of Suffering, and the Noble Truth of the Way Leading to
the Cessation of Suffering. In this presentation we explore the Buddha's path
of wisdom through the Four Noble Truths.
John Nickerson is an Assistant Teacher in the Open Mind Zen School
and has practiced Zen since 1994. He came to Open Mind Zen in 2005 and led the
affiliate group in Vero Beach, FL from 2006 to 2007.
July 17th: The Four
Immeasurables With Kathy
The Four Immeasurables, or “Brahmaviharas,”
enable us to become refreshing sources of vitality and happiness for ourselves
and others. The Buddha gave us very practical methods for radiating mental
states of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. They are
excellent medicine and powerful antidotes to negative mental states. We will
discuss these “sublime attitudes” and experience them with specific meditative
Kathy Doner, MD is an
Internal Medicine physician and an explorer of Mind-Body Medicine. A long-term
meditator, she enjoys teaching tools for improving well-being and joy.
July 24th: History of
the Buddha With Mike
Buddhism is based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, who lived
in India 2600 years ago. In this class we will discuss the life of the
historical Buddha as well as cover the meaning of the myths and legends that
Mike Stamper left a career in banking in 2000 to earn a PhD in
Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology. He then became an interfaith
chaplain/minister and a student at Open Mind Zen. He currently volunteers as a
chaplain and teaches meditation at two prisons in Florida.
July 31st: Early Zen
in China With Dave
Buddhism migrated to China during the 6th century ca. When Buddhist monks
arrived, they discovered a vibrant Chinese culture steeped in Confucian and
Taoist traditions. During this session, we will discuss the Chinese efforts to
reconcile these seemingly opposing viewpoints, which resulted in the birth of
the practice known as Zen Buddhism.
Vititoe earned his Ph.D. in physics and later served as an officer in the
United States Air Force. Dave left the Air Force in 2001 and moved to Melbourne
Florida with his wife and two daughters. In 2006, Dave discovered Zen Buddhism
and has been happily practicing ever since.
August 7th: Importance
and Meaning of the Heart Sutra With Al
the “Heart Sutra”, the Heart of the Wisdom of Great Perfection Sutra is
normally viewed as the teaching of the Buddha which most closely elucidates
what Zen Practice is about. We’ll interpret how this teaching can inform
anybody who is on a spiritual path, and what its historical significance is in
the history of Zen.
is an authorized Zen Teacher and Spiritual Director of Open Mind Zen.
Where: Open Mind Zen Center, 878 Sarno Rd,
When: 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Tuesday evenings beginning
July 3rd and ending August 7th.
Cost: $50 requested donation for the series, or
$10 per class.
Registration: OpenMindZen@aol.com or (321) 427-3511
A Day of Mindfulness Meditation: June 16th - 10 am to 5 pm