Honoring the Life of Our Dharma Brother Bill Menza

posted Jul 30, 2015, 8:34 AM by Chris Charles Lee Nguyen

The Florida Community of Mindfulness will hold a memorial service onAugust 22nd for our beloved Dharma brother and dear friend, Bill Menza, who transitioned from his body on the evening of July 21st. The service will take place at our Tampa center at 11 am.

We are collecting remembrances, anecdotes and reflections about Bill from his friends and students to present to his wife, Alicia, and son, Charlie. If you would like to share any of these, please email them to Sam Warlick at rsam123@earthlink.net. If you would like to speak at the service, please let Sam know as well.

Bill had a deep and abiding love for Buddhist studies, and with the support of his wife and son, we have established a "Brother Bill Fund for the Support of Dharma Studies" in his honor. Please send any gifts in Bill's memory to the Florida Community of Mindfulness at 6501 N. Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604, and indicate that your gift is for this fund.

For those who didn't know Bill, he was a lay Dharma teacher, having received transmission to teach by Thich Nhat Hanh. He taught at several New England sanghas as well as in Florida, and was instrumental in working with our teacher Fred Eppsteiner to create and nurture the Order of Interbeing community for the Florida Community of Mindfulness. Bill was deeply loved by many, including Alicia, Charlie, and Bill's fellow Dharma teachers, Order of Interbeing members, students, and numerous Dharma brothers and sister throughout the world. He loved the Dharma in so many forms, from the deepest teachings to joyful songs. 

Bill loved to write Dharma poetry, a book of which is currently being published by fellow sangha members. One of Bill's recent poems, written upon the passing of a family member, is shared below.

Bill's human form may be gone, but his good deeds and love will live on in the hearts of many.

Non-Death by Bill Menza

We are

With you

At this time

Of no birth

And no death.

For there is 

Only transformation.


To what we were once.

To the source

Of what we are.

For now here 

There is only

The Path

The Way

Awakening us

To Oneness.