News – April 2019

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Just a quick update of what’s coming up in the near future – there’s a lot about to happen!

  • Our friends at the Touching the Earth Sangha in Banchory are organising a retreat at The Burn, Edzell, Angus (pictured) in the third weekend in September. For more information download the booking form: Mindfulness Retreat Invitation and Booking Form 2019 copy.
  • Jon, Pete and Sally will be leading the Sunday service at St Marks Unitarian Church on 12th May.
  • Our Friday morning sit is looking to expand as Sitting@Dawn. Watch this space for a further announcements.
  • A group of us are going to start regular mindfulness walks from the labyrinth in George Square. These will be at 8:30am for half an hour and begin after Easter. Details to follow.
  • We will now be finishing by 9pm each Monday at Santosa rather than 9:30pm. Earlier to bed.
  • I (Roger) am running contemplative walking workshops called Two Feet, One Mind at the botanics on three Tuesday evenings in May. This is not an officially Wild Geese event but part of the Royal Botanics Garden Edinburgh education programme. It is based on Thay’s teachings though 🙂
  • Anything missing? Let us know through the contact form.

Breathing: Our Way to Freedom – The Poems

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Pete shared some poems and mentioned a talk by Thay during Saturday’s Morning of Mindfulness.

Here is the talk with Thay saying “Impermanence is a kind of key that can unlock the door of reality and it is also a concentration, a practice….”:

Pete read one of his own poems, Fresh:
Fresh
So how can I meet
these familiar faces
in this familiar place
day after day
as freshly
as though this were the first time
we had met
and as tenderly
as though this really could be
the last time
i see you
alive?

We finished with Mary Frye’s 1932 poem “Do not stand at my grave and weep

15th Annual Mindful Peace Walk @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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For the 15th successive year we are happy to be able to facilitate a mindful peace walk at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Peace and Spirituality EICSP.

NB: A slightly later start time than previous years.

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.
Date: Sunday 24 March 2019
Time: 10am for 10.15am ends by 11.15am. Meet at West Gate entrance to the John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place. Introduction to mindful walking at 10.00am. Walk begins at 10.15am.
Cost: Admission Free. Just come along on the day.

This silent walking meditation is an open event. It will be led by the lay members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice and teachings of Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. The walk begins at the John Hope Gateway of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as meditation practice. This is not a protest or a campaigning event, so please do not use any banners. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults. Please remember to wrap up warmly – last year it was snowy!

You may be interested in a mindfulness morning at St Mark’s on the Saturday following the walk.

‘We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. Let us enjoy every step we make.’

Thich Nhat Hanh.

 

Breathing: Our Way to Freedom -Impermanence and Continuation -Saturday 30 March 2019

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This session will continue our gentle exploration together of the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing.

Exercise 13 is the first of the four breathings covering ‘objects of mind’ and it brings us to the contemplation of impermanence. As a way to try to bridge the gap between the notion of impermanence and the living insight of impermanence we will learn from each other by sharing our own experiences of change in small deep listening groups.

Although things constantly change they continue in other forms, so we will also explore the ways in which we are continued by our thoughts, words and actions.

The session naturally follows on from previous ones in this series but we hope the session will also work as a stand alone session and all are welcome. It will include guided meditation, walking meditation, readings and sharing in small groups.

NB: Please note that this not specifically a workshop on death, but is about all kinds of change. Participants will be able to choose for themselves which aspect of the topic is most alive for them and share (if they wish) at whatever level feels comfortable for them.

We will also have a mindful lunch together so please bring a little vegetarian or vegan food to share. Tea will be provided. Cushions, mats and blankets are available at the venue, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

When: Saturday 30th March 2019 – 9:30am to 1:00pm (Please try to arrive a little earlier so that we can start at 09:30)
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace
Booking: Just turn up.
Bring: Small amount of vegetarian food to share if that is easy.
Cost: By donation – to cover the cost of hiring the venue etc. Suggested: £10 (£5).

You may be interested in joining us on our annual mindful peace walk at the botanics on the Sunday before this mindfulness morning.

 

Beginner’s Mind: A Morning of Mindfulness Saturday 19th January ’19

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Amongst practitioners with many years experience in mindfulness and meditation, it is all too easy to build a routine mind around our practice and, in so doing, lose touch with the present moment without even realising it. This can further lead to us losing faith in the practice as we inadvertently mistake the habitual mind developed around the practice for the practice itself.

In this mindfulness morning, we will explore together a mind free from our perceptions of practice – seeking the original motivation and enthusiasm which brought us to meditate. Beginners welcome.

The morning will be lead by Keith.

When: Saturday 19th January 2019 – 9:30am for 10am to 1:00pm
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace
Booking: Just turn up.
Bring: Small amount of vegetarian food to share if that is easy.
Cost: By donation – to cover the cost of hiring the venue etc. Suggested: £10 (£5).

 

“One Buddha is not Enough” – Holy Isle Retreat​

One Buddha.jpgFollowing the wonderful Monastic led retreat in Glasgow 2016, Dear Green Sangha are delighted that Sister Anabel has once again agreed to come to Scotland, accompanied by a small delegation of monks and nuns of the Plum Village tradition.

The Centre for World Peace on the beautiful Holy Isle, just off the Scottish island of Arran, is a very special location for this seven-day retreat with the theme of “One Buddha is not Enough.”  We hope that you are able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to deepen your practice.

Now Fully Booked! We hope you can join us another time.

When: 16 May 2019 – 23 May 2019
Where: Centre for World Peace, Holy Isle, Lamlash Bay, Isle of Arran, KA27 8GB, Scotland
Booking: Please email dgsretreatbookings@gmail.com to request a booking form and information sheet.
Cost: £125 non-refundable registration plus a variety of accommodation costs.

Christmas and New Year Meetings 2018/19

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It is that time of year when everything has a natural pause to mark the turning of the year. A chance to breath and look inwards before blossoming into the new year.

Here are the few days when we won’t hold our regular meetings:

  • Mondays at Santosa: 17th & 24th December & 1st January.
  • Tuesdays Mindfulness@Lunchtime: 25th December & 31st December
  • Thursdays at St Marks: 27th December & 3rd January.
  • Fridays early morning: 28th December

By the 7th January we will be back to our normal schedule.

Just because we aren’t having “formal” meetings doesn’t mean we can’t get together. If you’d like to meet with Sangha friends for food in the warm or a walk in the cold over the holiday period then speak up before we break up and arrange something.