Morning of Mindfulness at the Salisbury Centre on Saturday 1 August 2015

PV_2015-07-05-2There will be a morning of mindfulness at the Salisbury Centre on 1 August from 9:30 to 13:00 facilitated by Pete.

Here are directions to where it is:

Some cushions and mats will be provided but if you have your own you may like to bring them. Tea will be provided but please bring a little vegetarian food to share for lunch.

The theme will be “Mindfulness of Music”.

Music, as a sense impression, is the second of the four nutriments described by Thay. We will apply the five contemplations, normally used for food, to music in order to increase our appreciation of it and our awareness of it’s interbeing nature.  There will be guided mediation, walking meditation, readings, listening to music (including Thay’s new translation of the Heart Sutra) and some sharing.  All welcome.

Audio: Buddha – a life of and for peace

This is the short talk I gave to an Inter-Faith meeting at the Theosophical Society in Edinburgh on Thursday 25th June 2015 which is posted here for your info – as it clashed with our Sangha night. I was asked to introduce the life or the Buddha and say how it was “for peace” in fifteen to twenty minutes. Not sure how well it hit the theme of the evening.  Ah well – everything is a learning experience.

Mindfulness Morning at St Gilles of Marchmont. 4th of July 2015 9.30am to 1.30pm

Mindfulness of habit energy

Our practice theme is how habit energy has a central role in our everyday lives. We will look into some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s commentaries regards the use of mindfulness to transform negative habit energy. Giving us the opportunity to come together to enjoy sitting meditation, walking and eating together in Mindfulness. There will be Dharma sharing and discussion on this subject where we can gain insight from each other, please bring some vegetarian food to share. Tea will be provided.


Where: Marchmont St Giles. Which is located on the corner Marchmont Road. Strathearn Road and Kilgraston Rd. This is a new venue for us and we have the use of the main hall which is big light and airy.
When: Saturday 4th of July 2015 – 9:30am to 1:30pm
Bring: Vegetarian food to share, there will be mats and chairs and blankets provided but please bring your own if possible.
Donation: A £5.00 donation is welcomed to pay for the premises, but please pay only what you can afford.
Getting there by Bus:
– The No 5 from North Bridge (at the east end of Princes Street) stops near the traffic lights on Strathearn Rd, Marchmont Rd.
– The Nos. 24 & 41 go to Marchmont Road. Strathearn Road also stops near the same traffic lights.
– The Nos. 11,15,16,27,27,45 from Princes Street and Lothian Road go to Bruntsfield Links, walk down Whitehouse Loan to the Strathearn Road. Continue on past the Gillis Centre to the top of Marchmont Rd at the traffic lights. A 10 minute walk approx.

If you would like more information please phone Bryan 07736889165 or you can just turn up on the day.

Sangha+ Another good week

We discussed the fourth mindfulness training: Loving Speech and Deep Listening.

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations.

Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations.

I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.

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See you next Tuesday!

Sangha Social – Sunday 21st June 2015 @ Noon

8329836167_f899f0cfb1_kWe are hoping to hold a ‘Sangha Social’ on Sunday 21st June at the Botanics. The idea is to create the opportunity to meet with other Sangha members in an informal setting that is accessible to all, including those with families. Perhaps Thursday night regulars will meet Tuesday lunchtimers for the first time etc!  Also, as the Botanics brought so much joy to Ani it will be a wonderful chance to come together and think of her there. We will meet from 12 on the big grassy area by the Chinese Pavillion and pond.  Here is a link that will help with navigation

Please bring some veggie food to share (or ‘munch’ as Ani would say!).  There is lots of space for the wee kids to run around and hopefully there will be lots of sun for us to enjoy as we chat!

Need more info? Contact Sally by email or on 07815 464 495.

N.B. Cakefest is occurring at the same time at the botanics so you will be able to wander up the hill see the cakes and, after 5pm, help eat them!

Wild Geese: Walk and Picnic Saturday 2nd of May 2015

Meeting outside the commonwealth pool at 10.00am for a walk that is leisurely and wonderful. Wild Geese and friends are invited to come together to walk down from the pathway below Salisbury Crags leading to Holyrood Palace. Then a short distance onto Dunsapie Loch were you can feed the ducks, swans, and feathered Wild Geese. We loop Around passing the ruin of St Anthony’s Chapel taking the pathway that cuts between Arthurs seat and Salisbury Crags this is a lovely pathway which takes you away from the views of the city. Following the path takes us back gently where we started. At that point we can have our picnic at some grassy spot. The walk itself would be a very gentle hour and a half (approx.), the picnic as long as you wish. Of course we will be weather dependent but we could retire to the Himalaya Café for tea if the weather is to difficult. See you there.