Change Your Mind Day

Saturday, March 7 2009

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Philippe Park Safety Harbor
(Shelter #1 - the first shelter next to the bay)

(click for map)

(click for detailed directions)


 Click here for the Change Your Mind Day planning page at the BPF-TampaBay Google group website

Click here for photos of CYMD08

(and more photos)

Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike are invited to share in this day of meditation, movement, poetry, chanting, music and children's activities.

CYMD began in New York's Central Park in 1993 and is now celebrated in many cities (coordinated by Tricyle Magazine). This is the sixth year that the event will be held in the Tampa Bay area.

Teachings will be offered by local Buddhist groups representing a variety of traditions (Mahayana, Theravada, Tibetan and Zen). As in the time of the Buddha, the teachings will be presented out-of-doors in a relaxed, informal environment.

Guided meditations - chanting - talks - movement - music - books - children's activities

Arrive at anytime. If you come early, bring a picnic lunch, and consider bringing a vegetarian dish to share (water and tea provided).

No experience necessary. No charge or obligation. The Buddha taught that each person must discover the truth of his teachings for themselves. Come and see.

The Tampa Bay area has an exceptionally wide variety of Buddhist groups. They include temples that serve a number of Asian-American communities; at least seven Tibetan lineages; and groups that practice styles of meditation such as Mindfulness, Nichiren, Vipassana and Zen. Change Your Mind Day provides an opportunity for members of these many groups to come together, and a chance for interested non-Buddhists to sample many types of practices in a relaxed, informal environment.

Tentative Schedule (expect some minor time changes):

 9:50        Sounding the large bowl 108 times by Clear Water Zen Center

10:00       Pali Chanting and Dhamma talk -- Florida Buddhist Vihara

10:30       Bathing the Baby Buddha -- Dr Frank Tedesco of True Dharma Intl Buddhist Study Group

10:50       Meditation and Buddhism for Kids -- Dr Anika Trancik of Parbawatiya Buddhist Center

11:10       Betsy Blaungtook of Manatee Meditation Group

11:30       Offering of alms food for monastics -- start of Lunch

11:30-12:30    Lunch Time 

                             Pot-Luck Vegetarian Food


12:30      Engaged Buddhism discussion -- Buddhist Peace Fellowship

12:45      Chenrezig (Compassion Buddha) Mantras -- Katsel Dharma Center 

1:00        Gen Kelsang Demo of Parbawatiya Buddhist Center

1:15        Nichiren Shu Buddhism -- Erin & Patrick Lauer of Nichiren Shu

1:30        Will Ryken of Shambhala Meditation Group of St. Petersburg

1:45        Short Sadhana in Tibetan -- Dzogchen Buddhist Society

2:00        Break 

2:15        Good in the beginning, good in the middle and good in the end -- Richard Weissman of Ratnashri Sangha of Tampa Bay

2:30        The Way of the Bodhisattva: The FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition):  Study, Action and the Dalai Lama -- Dr Frank Tedesco of True Dharma Intl Buddhist Study Group

2:45        Lovingkindness meditation -- Rick Ferriss of Buddhist Peace Fellowship

3:00        Tom Lacey of Middle Way Buddhist Association

3:15        Introduction to Zen meditation -- John Simon of Tampa Zen Center

3:30        The Heart of Zen -- Betsy Blaungtook of Clear Water Zen Center

3:35        Sutra chanting -- Clear Water Zen Center

3:50        Sounding the large bowl 108 times by Clear Water Zen Center

Philippe Park is on Philippe Parkway, about 1.3 miles South of State Road 580 in Safety Harbor, in northern Pinellas County.

From Tampa: take Hillsborough Ave West; turn Left on SR 580 in Oldsmar.

From Clearwater or St Pete: head East on SR 580 from US19 or McMullen-Booth.

Join us at Shelter #1: the first shelter by the bay.

(click for detailed directions)

This free event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

For more information, visit the planning page, call (727) 455-1056 or (813) 850-8168
or email

The Buddha taught that we cultivate peace and happiness by
changing our minds from confusion to wisdom

Click here for information about the 2004 CYMD in St Petersburg.
Click here for information about the 2005 CYMD in Tampa.
Click here for information about the 2006 CYMD at Phillipe Park
Click here for information about the 2007 CYMD at Fort DeSoto Park

Coming soon: a printable flyer in .pdf format

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA