Breathing: Our Way to Freedom ‘Gladdening the Mind’


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.

No Meeting Thursday 8th June @ St Marks

Wiston_green_glowMany of us are off to the Turning Towards residential retreat at Wiston Lodge from 8th to 11th June organised by our neighbours the Border Collie Sangha. We will therefore not be meeting on Thursday 8th June at St Marks church.

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesday Mindfulness@Lunchtime and Monday at Santosa – so still plenty of opportunities to practice.

There may still be a few places remaining on the retreat at Wiston and you would be most welcome to join us. The beech trees are wonderful in June!

Mindful Peace Walk ~ Sunday 18th June ~ Lauriston Castle

PV_2015-07-05-1Join us for a 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 18th 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.
Appropriate clothing – sun cream or umbrella as required.
See Also: EICSP page for this event.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

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

Communities of Resistance

joyfully_together-1I feel there has been an air of sadness in the Sangha about wider world events – Trump, Brexit, the refugee crisis, a looming indyref2 and the potential divisions and ill feeling that these represent. It feels like we should be doing something, resisting conflict – but also that we are powerless.

I was therefore comforted to find a passage from Thay that I vaguely remembered reading years ago. It is from The Raft is Not the Shore: Towards a world where spirituality and politics meet (1975). This was a dialogue between Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan in 1974 about the peace movements in the USA and Vietnam (just before the official end of the Vietnam War and at the height of the cold war.) Continue reading