Breathing: Our Way to Freedom ‘Gladdening the Mind’


Our exploration of 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


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.

The Peaceful Grounds of Wiston Lodge

Annual Mindful Peace Walk @ The Botanics on Sunday 19th March 2017

Robbie is waiting to serenade walkers on the Chinese Hillside

We look forward to walking mindfully again as part of Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP. Please come along and join us.

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.
Date: Sunday 19th March 2017.
Time: 9.30am-11am, meet at West Gate entrance to the John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, at 9.30am. (Introduction to mindful walking at 9.45am and walk begins at 10am). No access from East Gate.
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.

‘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.

A Glimpse Into The Absolute – 18th & 19th February 2017


During these two days, we will look at mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) presented by the Buddha and its role in relieving stress, understanding our emotions, perceptions, ideas and concepts about ourselves and the world. We will also journey together and explore mindfulness, concentration and insight as an integral path of reconciliation, healing and transformation.

This retreat will be led by Dat Phan, co-founder of ‘Les Cedres Bleus’ (The Blue Cedars) in Haute Loire, France, a non-profit mindfulness retreat center. He received transmission from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000 and is a senior member of the Order of Interbeing. He has created mindfulness programs for international companies (for directors, managers and employees), hospitals for cancer patients and schools for students and teachers. But at the end of the day, he is just a human being who yearns to love and be loved; to forgive and be forgiven. He enjoys being a father and husband, nature, writing, music and poetry.

The cost of this non-residential retreat will be £90 (£75 for students/part-time/unemployed) for two days. Lunch is bring and share. 

Please contact for more information and booking. For the facebook event follow this link.

We are at Santosa for August 2016

santosa logo 7

As St. Marks is used as a festival venue in August, we will be holding the Thursday evening sessions during August at Santosa, 21 Albert Street, Leith, EH7 5LH.  The sessions will be held at the same time 7.15 for 7:30 start. Mindfulness at lunchtime will continue as usual at St. Marks.

Albert Street is about half way down Leith Walk on the right, opposite the new Sainsbury’s Local.  It’s the street between ‘The Advice Centre for Mortgages’ and the ‘Golden Ambal’ Indian Restaurant. 

Leith Walk is well served by buses including 22, 25, 10 and 16 (among others).

Santosa has a shop selling singing bells and other Nepalese goods and a cafe. The large yoga hall which we will be using as a meditation hall can be found down the stairs at the back opposite the cafe.

Santosa has just been built and is very fresh and new.  We would really like as many of you as possible to come so that we can get a collective feel for it. 

Once we’ve been there for three weeks we will be seeking feedback as to whether or not people would like to continue to use this venue after the festival. So the more people who come, the better informed decision we will be able to make.

Mindful Weekend ~ 18th & 19th June 2016

We have a big weekend coming up on 18th & 19th June with a Mindfulness Morning at the Salisbury Centre led by Gill on the Saturday morning and a Mindful Peace Walk at Lauriston Castle in collaboration with EICSP midday on Sunday led by Sally & Gill

Mindfulness Morning ~ Saturday

“Our joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.”

We will follow usual Interbeing practice with guided, walking, and silent sitting meditations along with some mindful movement.

When: Saturday 18th June 2016 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Salisbury Centre,  2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB. Just opposite the Commonwealth Pool. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: By donation. Suggested £5/£10 but more or less is fine (we don’t look at what people put in!)
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 along.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

Peace Walk ~ Sunday

Join us for the inaugural Mindful Peace Walk in the beautiful grounds of Lauriston Castle, including the Edinburgh-Kyoto Friendship garden, overlooking Cramond Island and the islands of the River Forth.

When: Sunday 19th June 2016 ~ 12 noon
Where: Lauriston Castle, 2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh. EH4 6AD. Gather in front of Lauriston Castle for 12 noon. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: Free. There may be voluntary a collection.
Appropriate clothing – sun cream or umbrella as required.
See Also: EICSP page for this event.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.