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Exploring Buddhist Principles and Practice 

A Six Week Seminar Series at Open Mind Zen

Tuesday Evenings, 7 pm July 3rd – August 7th


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. Elizabeth Stamper 

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

The 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 Donner

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 practices.

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 Stamper

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 surround him.

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 Vititoe

Indian 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.

Dr. David 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 Rapaport

Often called 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.

Al Rapaport is an authorized Zen Teacher and Spiritual Director of Open Mind Zen.                 

Where: Open Mind Zen Center, 878 Sarno Rd, Melbourne, FL

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: or (321) 427-3511

A Day of Mindfulness Meditation: June 16th  - 10 am to 5 pm

Beginners Welcome!

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