Love Will Take Us: An Afternoon of Mindfulness and Stories

Event 20181006 - Love Will Take UsYou are invited to a nourishing and relaxing afternoon with writer, storyteller and mindfulness teacher Jane Ellen Combelic. Come hear stories from her recent book, No Coming No Going, about the year she – and her dog, Serafina – spent on a farm near Plum Village in southern France, studying with Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

We will experience and discuss one of the most meaningful practices from Plum Village: deep listening and speaking from the heart, sharing that most precious of gifts, our presence. Everyone is welcome, from any faith tradition or none.

Jane Ellen Combelic is a long-time student of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and former editor of his magazine The Mindfulness Bell. Originally from Colorado, she now lives near Findhorn in Scotland.

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When: Saturday 6 October 2018 – 14:30 – 17:30
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: Pay what you can: £10 recommended, £5 for unwaged, £15 for greater support

Festival Fringe Meeting Times 2018

During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe St Marks church is used as a venue in the evenings and so we will take a break from our regular Thursday evening meetings in August. Our other meetings at Santosa and Mindfulness@Lunchtime at St Marks continue as usual.

Enjoy the summer and see you at one of our other meetings or in September.

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Morning of Mindfulness Saturday 21st July 2018

Welcome to a Morning of Mindfulness on the 21st of July, 10am-2pm at St Mark’s unitarian church.

Arrival from 9.30; we have to lock the door when starting, so do arrive before 10.

Come and join us for a relaxed morning of sitting and walking meditation, reflecting on Buddhist teachings of reconciliation (both within oneself and with others), enjoying delicious food, and each other’s company.

Facilitators will be Gustaf from the Wild Geese and Keith from Wild Geese and Wake Up Edinburgh.

Come as you are, and bring something vegetarian (vegan?) to share at lunch time.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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When: Saturday 21st July – 9:30am for 10am to 2:00pm
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: A donation would be appreciated to cover the cost of hiring the venue. Suggested: £10 (£5).

 

Phap Vu – Mindfulness In Everyday Life

If you couldn’t make the talk by Brother Phap Vu on 6th June or would like to hear it again here are the recordings of the evening. There are three lots of audio: the introduction by Bill and the meditation then the talk itself and then the Q&A session.

Introduction

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Main Talk

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Questions & Answers

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Notes from our latest “Breathing Our Way to Freedom” mindfulness morning

At the weekend we enjoyed a mindfulness morning on the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing. Pete mentioned the Three Doors of Liberation in the context of breathing exercise twelve.

Here are two useful videos of Thay explaining these concepts. They come from video recordings of Dharma talks during the Breath of the Buddha retreat at Plum Village in 2006.
First one is on Emptiness
Second on is on Signlessness (which we didn’t cover) and Aimlessness (from 11 minutes in) which we did  – a bit!