Volusia Buddhist Fellowship and White Sands Buddhist Center will host the next Central Florida Change Your Mind Day on Saturday, January 25 at White Sands Buddhist Center, 4640 Knost Drive, Mims.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will bring together leaders from area Buddhist organizations to speak about meditation and Buddhist practice.
This year’s Change Your Mind Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue to 4:30. Lunch will be available, and visitors are encouraged to stay for WSBC’s regular evening chanting and meditation services at 5:00 p.m.
This year’s scheduled speakers, in order of appearance:
- Ven. Khai Thien, abbot of White Sands Buddhist Center (Vietnamese/Zen)
- Rev. Morris Sekiyo Sullivan, sensei Volusia Buddhist Fellowship (nonsectarian)
- Michael Kane, the Natural Meditation Community (nonsectarian)
- Rev. Koyo S. Kubose, Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism (nonsectarian/Japanese Mahayana)
- Ven. Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoche, Drong Ngur Jangchubling Buddhist Center, Wesley Chapel (Tibetan)
- Than Chaokhun Phra Vijitrdhammapani, Wat Florida Dhammaram (Thai/Theravada)
- Todd Fletcher, Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Central Florida, Lake Helen (Tibetan)
(See complete schedule at bottom)
White Sands Buddhist Center is located just over 1 mile west of US 1 between Mims and Scottsmoor. From Titusville, take US1 to Aurantia and turn left (west). From New Smyrna Beach, take I-95 to Exit 231, Scottsmoor, and then east to US1. Go 3 1/2 miles south, then right on Aurantia.
Knost Drive is a narrow dirt road on the left. When you see the I-95 overpass, begin looking for it. There is a mailbox with the street number and a sign saying Cattrang (Vietnamese for White Sands) marking the street. Turn onto Knost and continue about 2/10 mile until it dead-ends at the temple.
Change Your Mind Day was originally established in 1993 as an international day of Buddhist awareness by Tricycle foundation. In 2004, Volusia Buddhist Fellowship hosted the first Central Florida Change Your Mind Day in DeLand. The annual event rotates to different cities each year. It returned to DeLand this year after being held in Ormond Beach, Cocoa Beach and Kissimmee. Change Your Mind Day 2014 will be held at White Sands Buddhist Center in Mims.
Buddhism is the fifth largest religion in the world and the fastest-growing religion in the United States. According to the 2008 Pew Forum Religious Landscape Survey, more than 2 million Americans identify themselves as Buddhist.
Change Your Mind Day Schedule
10:00 Opening Services with Ven. Khai Thien, abbot, White Sands Buddhist Center
10:40 Rev. Morris Sekiyo Sullivan, Sensei, Volusia Buddhist Fellowship
11:00 Michael Kane, Natural Meditation Community of East Central Florida
11:45 Rev. Koyo S. Kubose, Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism (via video)
Noon Lunch Break
1:15 Ven. Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoche, Drong Ngur Jangchubling Buddhist Center
2:00 Than Chaokhun Sunan Phra Vijitrdhammapani, Abbot, Wat Florida Dhammaram
2:45 Todd Fletcher, Padmasambava Buddhist Center of Central Florida
3:15 Panel Discussion/Q&A
3:45 Closing Services with Ven. Khai Thien, Abbot, White Sands Buddhist Center
This schedule is subject to change. Please be flexible.