The Wild Geese Sangha is part of the UK Community of Interbeing: our practice follows the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh.
For a short biography on Thich Nhat Hanh click here.
Where we meet
St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP
The Edinburgh Wild Geese Sangha meet at St. Mark’s every Thursday – 7.15 pm. For a prompt 7.30 start. The evening normally finishes before 9.30 and usually includes a guided sitting meditation, a walking meditation, readings and sharings.
Everyone is welcome to attend. We are grateful for your generosity which enables us to continue to meet together and share the practice.
Open to all each Tuesday from 12.15-pm to 2.00-pm for a lunchtime of peace, silence and relaxation. The lunchtimes are open to anyone who may enjoy a period of peace for reflection during the often busy working day.
Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh
This practice of mindfulness includes:
- guided and sitting meditation
- walking meditation
- enjoying our lunch together in silence
You may arrive and leave at any time, all we ask is that you respect the silence.
Please bring your own packed lunch. We provide fruit and drinks to share. Mindfulness@Lunchtime is not a religious service – it is a simple period of peace, mindfulness and meditation.
Retreats are held from time to time and details are posted on our website. Bursaries may be available for sangha members who wish to go to other Community of Interbeing retreats or Plum Village but are constrained by financial concerns.
“Mindfulness is our inherent capacity of healing and renewal. It is the basis for transforming ourselves and creating a more harmonious family and society. To be mindful is to be aware of what is going on in our body, in our feelings, in our mind and in the world, as we avoid doing harm to ourselves and others. With the help of conscious breathing – breathing and knowing we are breathing, we are able to touch and be nourished by the peace and joy that are available within and around us, in the here and now.
Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us – in the world – and in nature – and within us – in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed. It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.”
Touching Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh
Early Morning Meditationstake place Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:15 to 8:15am when the venue is available. Please listen for announcements on Thursday evenings: otherwise please telephone 0131 336 2480 to confirm it is on. These meditations are held at The Mews, 13 Inverleith Place Lane (along the northern boundary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, off Inverleith Row). Click here for Map. Buses 8, 23 and 27. Parking, and only if you have a physical need to do so, is limited as lane is ‘residents only’, so please park on main road (tickets required from 08.30am). Limited parking is available in a garage but this needs to be arranged beforehand.
Location for all Mindfulness@Lunchtimes and Thursday evening Practice nights unless otherwise specified on this page (rare).