November Morning of Mindfulness Saturday 25th @ St Marks 9:30 to 1:30

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We are holding a Morning of Mindfulness at St Marks Unitarian Church on Saturday 25th November and would love to share the energy of silence and compassionate speech with you. Any questions please contact us.

When: Saturday 25th November 2017 – 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: St Marks Unitarian Church
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: The event is free but donations in the spirit of Dana are welcome to help pay for the venue hire (suggested £5 – £10)
Bring: Small amount of vegetarian food to share at lunch. Cushions, mats and chairs are supplied but if you have a meditation cushion or stool you like to use please  bring it with you.

Wild Geese to join with Unitarians in Edinburgh for Sunday 10th September service

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Our Thursday evening and Tuesday Mindfulness@Lunchtime meetings are hosted by St Mark’s Unitarian Church on Castle Terrace.

It may seem unusual but St. Mark’s is not a Christian community – not a cross in sight – and members of our Sangha are regular attenders.

On 10th of September the Wild Geese will take the reins and lead the service. Why not come along and see how we get on?

Services are at 11 am in the church, with coffee and conversation in the upper hall afterwards. Children sit with their parents for the opening part of the service, and then follow their own programme.

An Evening for The Miracle of Mindfulness: Nourishing Happiness

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This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with four monastics (two nuns and two monks) who have dedicated their lives to practicing Mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. There will be a talk, mindfulness exercises and an opportunity for questions and answers.

This evening is unmissable for those interested in finding peace in themselves and peace in the world through the practice of Mindfulness whether in a secular or religious context.

Please join us on Wednesday 30 August 2017 at St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace between 7:30 and 9pm.

Admission free but we would welcome a donation (suggested £5 – £10) to cover costs. You can just turn up but to be sure of a place reserve a ticket on Eventbrite.

Organised by the Wild Geese Sangha – who have been sharing this gentle Zen Buddhist Mindfulness practice in Edinburgh for more than two decades.

Jon Kabat-Zinn said of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book The Miracle of Mindfulness: “The first book to awaken a mainstream readership to the subject of mindfulness – a testimony to the power of Thich Nhat Hanh’s elegant and profound teaching.”

Martin Luther King Jr said of Thich Nhat Hanh:  “I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [the Nobel Peace Prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity”

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When: Wednesday 30th August 2017 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh,  EH1 2DP
Booking: Please reserve a ticket or Eventbrite or just turn up. Priority will be given to ticket holders if we get full.
Cost: Free but we would welcome a donation (suggested £5 – £10). A lack of money shouldn’t prevent you coming.

Please download the The Miracle of Mindfulness Nourishing Happiness Poster, print and share with your friends.

Breathing: Our Way to Freedom ‘Gladdening the Mind’

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Our exploration of the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing has now reached Exercise 10 and in Thay’s tradition this exercise is called ‘Gladdening the Mind’.

Using guided meditation, readings, sharing and music we will discover practical ways to make the landscape of the mind more beautiful.

This session will pay particular attention to how humility, trust and openness contribute to our individual and collective well being.

Although the session develops material introduced in the previous ones in this series, we hope that it will be equally enjoyable as a stand alone session and all are welcome.

We will share a mindful lunch so please bring a little vegetarian food to share. Tea will be provided.

The session will be facilitated by Pete & Roger and will run between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm at the Salisbury Centre

When: Saturday 5 August 2017 – 9:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Salisbury Centre.
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: The event is free but donations in the spirit of Dana are welcome to help pay for the venue hire.
Bring: Small amount of vegetarian food to share at lunch. Cushions, mats and chairs are supplied but if you have a meditation cushion or stool you like to use please  bring it with you.

Turning Towards – A Residential Retreat, Wiston Lodge June 8th to 11th 2017

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Our friends in the Border Collie Sangha are holding another wonderful retreat at Wiston Lodge in the Scottish Borders.

You are warmly invited to join us at our summer retreat from June 8th to June 11th 2017, guided by Dharmacharya Dene Donalds in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will gather as a Sangha of all ages to support our practice of Mindfulness. Together we will be seeking positive ways of living in these times of political uncertainty, upheaval, and climate change.

How can we make a difference to our lives in the world we are living in, in the here and the now?  Together we can create a living community of inter-being finding ways to live together with compassion and insight. To explore how we can contribute to a sustainable and peaceful world.

We can make a difference to ourselves, our lives, and the world we live in.

We will practice together to:-

  • Find peace and energy within ourselves
  • Learn to listen deeply
  • Practice guided, working and walking meditations
  • Touch the earth,
  • Learn how to form Sanghas and communities of resistance

Wiston Lodge with its extensive grounds and natural environment, merging upwards to Tinto Hill, gives us the opportunity to deepen our awareness of Interbeing with Nature and with one another. The doors are wide open for all our friends and we hope that everyone young and old will feel nourished and enriched through the explorations of the practice.

Click here to download a booking form.

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