Sangha Winter Gathering Saturday 3rd to Thursday 8th January 2015 at Wester Caputh

Dear Friends, the Wild Geese invite you to a New Year gathering in a beautiful location just outside of Dunkeld beside the beautiful river Tay. The Wester Caputh venue is a privately run hostel situated in the local countryside between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie. We have held Interbeing retreats here in the past and found this to be a peaceful and nourishing environment.

This retreat will offer the opportunity to come together at a very special time of year when we can enjoy the stillness of the winter season and practice within the nurturing environment of our Sangha body. To help us engage with the present moment and to reap the full benefits of our practice the retreat will be mostly held in silence. Although challenging at times, silence can be a precious support to deepening self-understanding and increasing our awareness of Sangha sisters and brothers from a different perspective. There will, of course, be opportunities for sharing during daily dharma discussions.

Although a key purpose of this retreat is to offer an opportunity for exploration of the self and a deepening of mindfulness practice, emphasis is placed on Sangha or community building as a keystone to effective practice. According to Thay the Sangha is the root of everything, a dynamic cell through which the qualities of harmony, peace and understanding can be realised through shared mindful endeavour. These merits, when experienced within community, provide the nourishment that enables the Sangha to grow in loving awareness.

Following the Buddha’s instruction we use the Dharma as our guide. From this perspective we are all Buddha’s in waiting and no one is singled out as leader. The fact is, we cannot survive without the combined skills and knowledge of each individual member. So please come with the expectancy and knowledge that you will be an integral part of the formation and look forward to taking part in practice sessions, preparing and cooking meals, participating in light tasks, and mindfully sharing bedroom space.

Please download this book flier for more information, contacts and how to book.

Location of Wester Caputh

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Half day of mindfulness wonderful success!

There was a good turn out for our recent half day of mindfulness at St Marks lead by lay order member Janelle Combelic. There was some silent sitting, a recitation of the 14 mindfulness trainings and a shared lunch. Thanks to Janelle, the organisers and all who came to share their energy.

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Sharing smiles and conversation after eating

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Half Day of Mindfulness Saturday 25th October from 10am -2pm @ ST. MARKS CHURCH

Dear Friends

Just a reminder and a little more information about the upcoming half day of mindfulness with Janelle Combelic. This will be based on the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings which underpin practice in this tradition. Janelle writes:

In the early 1960s in war-torn Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh founded an order of lay and monastic men and women to practice Engaged Buddhism. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, which are the foundation of the Order of Interbeing, are guidelines for personal practice and mindful action in the world. They are beautiful and deep, worthy of a lifetime of study. We will gather for a half-day of mindfulness to sit and breathe, read and discuss these together as a Sangha.

Janelle received the transmission of the 14 MTs from Thay in 2006. She was editor of the Mindfulness Bell from 2005 to 2009 and currently practices with the Northern Lights Sangha in Findhorn.

If you are planning to attend and have not already contacted Gill an e-mail would be appreciated: gill.mathews@hotmail.com

Thank you so much.

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Wild Goslings!

A monthly meeting for sangha members with children (and those without who like children!). Held on the last Sunday of each month at the Botanics. Please meet at 11am by the pond viewing window in the John Hope Gateway building and bring some lunch to share. We will walk in the garden, share a picnic lunch and there will be a story and craft/activity based around Dharma teachings. While the children play freely parents will have the opportunity to share experiences of practising in and as a family.

If you are planning to come please let Sally know in advance on 07815 464 495 or at sally@swonderful.co.uk

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Photo: Kevin Fleming ~ Wild Delaware

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Mindful Peace Walk in Princes Street Gardens ~ Sunday 3rd August 2014

This silent walking meditation will be led by members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice of Zen Buddhism Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as meditation practice. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults.

  • meeting at Henderson’s at St John’s (map) ~ the café under the church
  • 9:30am – 10:45am
  • St John’s Church, Princes Street
  • Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

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Three August 2014 Thursday meetings are at the Mews

Because St Marks is being used as a Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue we are holding our Thursday evening August meetings (7th, 14th and 21st) at The Mews – Centre for Healing and Spiritual Health close to the botanics off Inverlieth Row.

Instructions for finding The Mews are on The Mews Find Us page or on our venues page for The Mews. Buses 23, 27 and 8 run close by.

The meeting time remains the same at 7:15pm for a prompt 7:30 start. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Some Plum Village Snaps

I’m just back from a week of family retreat at New Hamlet, Plum Village. I didn’t take many photos (I was on retreat after all) but I thought I’d share a few of the ones I did take.

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