Meditation Class Details

Meditation Clearwater FL provides crystal-clear instruction and meditation guidance for those with all levels of experience, from beginners with no time on the cushion to those interested in advanced retreats. The center makes efforts to provide the highest-quality meditation teaching and varying-length retreats as an opportunity for the earnest and joyful practice of the core liberation teachings of mindfulness, as taught by the Buddha.

Our teachers, or spiritual friends, are Western practitioners with substantial experience in deep meditation retreat. They provide both group instruction opportunities and individual guidance, and focus on the core practices of mindfulness, awakening and methods leading directly to realization.

The principal meditation focus is mindfulness of breathing, of feeling tones and of mind. These are in concert with loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity practices.

Michael Gregory

Michael Gregory - Wednesdays

Michael has been with Mindfulness Meditation Centers since its inception in 2000. He has been actively practicing Buddhism for more than twenty five years.

Michael has joyfully instructed a continuous stream of educated and experienced practitioners of all levels and backgrounds in Thailand, India and America. He has led hundreds of meditation retreats on almost every subject matter related to Dharma, in addition to leading meditative pilgrimmages throughout Thailand, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and India - further connecting students and friends with their studies and practice. Michael currently directs the practicing and teaching schedule at Mindfulness Meditation Centers, SDC Colorado and Florida centers, as well as on-line Dharma classes at www.summitdharmacenter.org and on video at vimeo.

Formerly, Michael served as the business manager of a Colorado hospice and also as a the Coordinator for the Boulder Homeless Shelter food voucher program, and SDC's prison outreach program in several rural counties of Colorado.

Michael was ordained as a monk in the Thai forest tradition, the Burmese Mahasi tradition, and then was ordained in the Tibetan tradition by H.E. Gylatsab Rinpoche at Rumtek monastery in Sikkim. He has practiced in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, the Anapanasati tradition of Buddhadassa Bhikku, and the jhana traditions of Mahasi Sayadaw and Pa Auk, as well as extensive experience in the Tibetan tradition.

Michael is well known for his direct and powerful teaching style stressing insight (vipasanna) and focused attention (jhana) meditation practices. The Four Immeasurables of Equanimity, Loving-Kindness, Compassion and Joy and their practical, pragmatic application in daily life are also emphasized. His teaching style de-centralizes the role of a guru, institutional spirituality, as well as the usage of rites and rituals. He encourages every being to empower themselves by finding the pure and unlimited potential of this very moment.

Phillip Hedrick

Phillip Hedrick - Sundays

Phillip spent the earlier part of his life in various communities around Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Phillip developed a practice in the tradition of Zen Buddhism in 1999 while studying at the University of Art and Design in Kyoto Japan. During this period of his life, he co-founded a very successful garden design business in the Roaring Fork Valley. He continued his studies and was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in 2001 thru Summit Dharma Center.

He finds the practice of mindfully centered awareness to be an amazing counter point to his former mode of being. As a gentle giant, Phillip glows with love and kindness and enjoys bringing joy to others as he is able. He recognizes the blessings of his life and his primary concern is to be of assistance to others.

His dedication has led him to do pilgrimages to the holy sites of Tibet, Bhutan, India and Thailand. He also completed several 10 day Vipasanna retreats and 30 day silent retreats before spending some 3 years primarily focused on deep retreat in Thailand and the Himalaya region. He owns Escape Garden Design Company in Aspen, Colorado.

Phillip enjoys finding ways to apply the Buddha's teachings to everyday life. He has been married to his wife, Jill for over 40 years and has children and grandchildren; lovingly integrating his spiritual life with a householder's responsibilities. Phillip is known and well-received for his heartfelt presence and clear Dharma teaching, as well as a profound dedication to his practice.

Meditation Class Format

Our classes consist of a brief welcome and introduction, about thirty minutes of guided meditation, a Dharma teaching and discussion and some question and answer. Please feel free to bring your meditation cushion or a mat if you prefer to lie down to meditate. Chairs are available on site. The intention is to remove any physical obstacles to the development of mindfulness.

You should bring a notepad and an inquisitive attitude. You might also to bring your personal sitting cushion if you have one. The class lasts about two hours.

The suggested donation is $15. Please do not let financial restrictions prevent you from attending.

For more information email info@meditationClearwater.com or call 941-323-3372.

We look forward to seeing you in class.

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