An Evening for The Miracle of Mindfulness: Nourishing Happiness

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This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with four monastics (two nuns and two monks) who have dedicated their lives to practicing Mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. There will be a talk, mindfulness exercises and an opportunity for questions and answers.

This evening is unmissable for those interested in finding peace in themselves and peace in the world through the practice of Mindfulness whether in a secular or religious context.

Please join us on Wednesday 30 August 2017 at St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace between 7:30 and 9pm.

Admission free but we would welcome a donation (suggested £5 – £10) to cover costs. You can just turn up but to be sure of a place reserve a ticket on Eventbrite.

Organised by the Wild Geese Sangha – who have been sharing this gentle Zen Buddhist Mindfulness practice in Edinburgh for more than two decades.

Jon Kabat-Zinn said of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book The Miracle of Mindfulness: “The first book to awaken a mainstream readership to the subject of mindfulness – a testimony to the power of Thich Nhat Hanh’s elegant and profound teaching.”

Martin Luther King Jr said of Thich Nhat Hanh:  “I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [the Nobel Peace Prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity”

Summary

When: Wednesday 30th August 2017 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: St. Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh,  EH1 2DP
Booking: Please reserve a ticket or Eventbrite or just turn up. Priority will be given to ticket holders if we get full.
Cost: Free but we would welcome a donation (suggested £5 – £10). A lack of money shouldn’t prevent you coming.

Please download the The Miracle of Mindfulness Nourishing Happiness Poster, print and share with your friends.

Theme: Four Noble Truths

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We are starting to coordinate our facilitation of evenings between Santosa and St Marks and to gently structure their content. When there is an active theme we will post background information here.

It is traditional to start any survey of Buddhism with the Four Noble Truths – they are foundational. He we offer three resources.

  1. Thay mentions the Four Noble Truths in many talks and some of them on the TNH Audio site here: https://tnhaudio.org/tag/four-noble-truths/
  2. Access To Insight gives a good coverage here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/truths.html
  3. And of course there is always a community edited version on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Noble_Truths

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Breathing: Our Way to Freedom ‘Gladdening the Mind’

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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.
Bring:
Appropriate clothing – sun cream or umbrella as required.
See Also: EICSP page for this event.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.