No Meetings in August 2017 @ St Mark’s still lots to do


As has happened for many years St Mark’s church will become a Edinburgh Festival Fringe Venue (125) in August and so we won’t be meeting on any Thursday in August.

We will continue to meet at Santosa on every Monday throughout August.

On Saturday 5th August we have a morning of Mindfulness at the Salisbury CentreBreathing: Our Way to Freedom ‘Gladdening the Mind’.

On Wednesday 30th August we will be having a very special Evening for The Miracle of Mindfulness: Nourishing Happiness with four monastics from Plum Village at St Mark’s.  We hope as many of people can come to this as possible.

So no Thursdays at St Mark’s in August but lots of other exciting things to do.

An Evening for The Miracle of Mindfulness: Nourishing Happiness


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”


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


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:
  2. Access To Insight gives a good coverage here:
  3. And of course there is always a community edited version on Wikipedia:

This page me updated with more …