Three New Order Members for Edinburgh

Early on the morning of Monday 27th May 2019 three of our Wild Geese took the 14 Mindfulness Trainings and were ordained as Lay Members of the Order of Interbeing – they became Brown Jackets. Congratulations to Andrew (True Steadfast Transformation), Gill (True Steadfast Inclusivity) and Sally (True Steadfast continuation/connection)! The names are appropriate. Sally’s can be translated from the Vietnamese two ways. Continuation and connection overlap in meaning.

Gill, Sally & Andrew (in the middle at the front)
Roger, Sally, Gill, Andrew & Paul (a Wild Goose who flew the nest)
Gill with Br Phap Lai (a.k.a. Br Ben) and her certificate

We now have five ordained members of the order in the Edinburgh Sangha: Andrew, Bill, Gill, Roger & Sally. This is probably one of the highest in Sanghas in the UK.

Mother Earth as the Bodhisattva Gaia – a Morning of Mindfulness Saturday 1st June 2019


A morning of mindfulness focusing on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Intimate Conversations with Mother Earth facilitated by Bill.

The morning will include readings from Thay’s  Intimate Conversations with Mother Earth. The ceremony of Touching the Earth. Quiet reflection and meditation on our connection with all things and especially this wonderful blue planet.

When: Saturday 1st June 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).


Morning Walks in George Square 2019


We are starting morning walks for all you early birds. From 8.25am to 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in May and continue probably till the festival starts but possibly forever. Please come along and join us. It is free.

Whether or not you can make it you can help to spread the word by mentioning the walks to your friends in person or on social media. If you can think of somewhere to put up a poster that would be doubly helpful.

Download PDF of poster to print and share.

Save the Dates – Mornings of Mindfulness in June and July


We have been planning our summer schedule and have the opportunity to run two Mornings of Mindfulness in June and July.

  • Saturday 1st June 2019 a Morning of Mindfulness facilitated by Bill on the theme of Mother Earth.
  • Saturday 6th July 2019 a Morning of Mindfulness facilitated by Gill – theme TBC

Save those dates in your diary for rest and recharge at St Marks.

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News – April 2019


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


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:
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

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