Venice Mindfulness Meditation Community

The VMMC provides a loving community that nurtures and supports the teaching and continuing practice of mindfulness meditation and its application in daily life. All classes by donation so all can attend. Suggested donation $10 or one monthly donation. All are welcome.  Call 941-323-8033 for info about Meditation classes.

See also our Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course.

NEW CLASS: Introduction to Buddhism: Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

Weekly starting February 15th via zoom

This is a drop-in class designed for those interested in learning about Buddhism as well as beginning level practitioners.  Class topics include Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), the four noble truths, the eight-fold path, the three poisons, meditation (several types), the five hindrances, major branches of Buddhism and other core teachings.  We will suggest one of the beginning Buddhism books as a reference (not required).  "Homework" will include simple practices and readings.


Your facilitator is John Fiely. John is an intermediate level Buddhist student, a former teacher and YMCA director, and now a year round retired resident of Venice Florida.  John is supported by the monastics at Blue Lotus and our advanced lay teachers at the center.


Please RSVP, and for more information:  Email John at:

See Wednesday and Saturday classes on the Blue Lotus Center page.


SUNDAYS, 4-5:30pm: Buddhist Wisdom For Everyday Life, a secular class.

The basic teachings of Buddhism can make our lives more workable and give us an enlightened perspective. A chance to meditate as well as a time to explore teachings that are designed to lead us to peace and happiness. Come join us in listening and discussing ideas that are life transforming. One can benefit from Buddhist teachings without having to become a Buddhist. 


Research has shown that meditation is helpful in reducing anxiety, depression and for deep relaxation. The teachings of Buddhism also are designed to relieve human suffering and help us become more caring human beings. These teachings can clarify the mind and help us dispel painful illusions that make us unhappy and create separation between ourselves and others. Buddhism describes precisely how holding false beliefs about ourselves and about life creates emotional pain for human beings and offers a way to change these beliefs so that one can find peace in one's life. Led by Led by Monk San, Bhante Chan, Jim Piekarski and Jillaurie Crane.

Last SUNDAY (1-3:30pm) and (NEW) Fourth THURSDAY (1-3pm) of the Month: Silent Meditation Retreat. You can attend all or one part. Silent sitting and walking meditation.  For those who have meditation experience. Call for more information: 941 323 8033. Suggested donation for each period is $10 all are welcome regardless of ability to donate. Date may sometimes change due to holidays.

INTERMEDIATE BUDDHIST STUDIES for those with a minimum of two years practice. Call 941-323-8033 for information.


Starting in December, we will meet on the

First and Third FRIDAYS 1-230pm

Mindfulness Meditation improves focus, emotional resilience and brings more joy into your life. Deepen and find support for keeping a daily practice.


All of the above programs are presented by the Venice Mindfulness Meditation Community. Mindfulness Meditation improves focus, emotional resilience and brings more joy into your life. Deepen and find support for keeping a daily practice. Drop ins are welcome although you will gain the most from regular attendance! Suggested fee for weekly classes: $10/class, or one monthly donation that covers all regular classes. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.  Monthly contributions are tax deductible and support the Center [a 501(c)(3) charity] and a stipend for the teachers. Monthly Donation $40, Sponsors $45 - $60, Center Angels over $60.



  • Jillaurie Crane, M.A. is an educator and Interfaith Pastoral Counselor with over 40 years of meditation practice and study. She completed a seven year training in Buddhist studies, meditation instructor/teacher training and Seminary program leading to ordination as a Buddhist minister. As a meditation instructor and teacher she joyfully shares mindfulness meditation classes and workshops in a secular format. She is a retired psychotherapist.

  • Monk San & Bhante Chan. Both monks received ordination from Bhante Sujatha in Sri Lanka. They have a keen understanding of the teachings and western culture and helping us find inner peace. They are from the Sarasota Serenity Sangha.

  • Lama Karma Justin Wall (Visiting Teacher) graduate Columbia University English Literature and Religious Studies. He did two three- year retreats in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is an accredited facilitator of the 8 week Open Mindfulness Training through the Altruistic Open Mindfulness Network and the spiritual director of the Milarepa Retreat Center in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

  • Jim Piekarski, LMFT, is the former Clinical Director of Phoenix of Santa Barbara, a mental health non-profit (now Crescend Health). He began his meditation practice in the late 1960s. He has since received teachings from many different teachers including Dr. Alan Wallace, Adyashanti, Ole Nydahl, and Joshu Sazaki Roshi. He is the author of Mastering Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Transforming Emotional Reactivity.