Mindfulness Here and Now: A Day Guided by Brother Chan Phap Vu Saturday 14th June 2014


The Wild Geese Sangha and its brothers and sisters in Wake Up Edinburgh warmly invite you to join us on our mindfulness day on Saturday, 14th June, at the Edinburgh Gillis Centre guided by Buddhist Monastic Br Chan Phap Vu who is visiting from the Blue Cliff Monastery in New York state.

Mindfulness is an inherent quality within every human being. With the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness we find that freedom is possible not in the future but in the present moment. “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness”. The only obstacle is our own mind.

Beginning at 10am and finishing at 5pm the day will include sitting and walking meditation. There will be discussion, sharing and a question and answer session. The Brother will give a talk on how to integrate mindfulness into our daily lives.

Mindfulness can be practiced by those of any faith or none. Prior experience of meditation is not required as guidance will be given.

Having enjoyed the atmosphere of practice within a group many people have chosen to bring more mindfulness into their daily lives.

Cost: £33.00 ~ includes a vegetarian lunch, teas & coffee in breaks. A limited number of bursary tickets are available at £25. Please contact roger@hyam.net for details.

More info: Contact Pete on petergisnow@gmail.com or Roger on 07590608016

Advanced booking is required. Please either:

  • Eventbrite - Mindfulness Here and Now (small booking fee)
  • Send a cheque for the full amount payable to “Edinburgh Interbeing Sangha” to Roger Hyam, 91/2 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1HB including your name and contact details (email and/or phone number). Download Booking Form
  •  Download the Flyer

Please help us out

We very much look forward to seeing you on the day. Whether or not you can make it you can still help us out by spreading the word to people you think may enjoy a day of mindfulness. Please feel free to download the flyer and forward it to your friends or forward links of this page.

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Monastic Summer Residential Retreat Thursday, 19th June to Sunday 22nd 2014. At Wiston Lodge near Biggar.

Freedom: Now or Never

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

Thich Nhat Hanh.

The Wild Geese warmly invite you to join us on our Summer retreat from Thursday, 19th to Sunday, 22nd June, guided by Br Phap Vu of Blue Cliff Monastery USA.

Through the Buddha’s teachings we find that freedom is possible not in the future but in the present moment. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. The only obstacle is our own mind. With the practice of mindfulness, concentration and insight we are empowered to choose which path we take – going along with the same old habit energy or the path that leads to liberation and freedom. In this retreat we will examine some of the basic teachings of the Buddha in order to transform our obstacles and go down the path of liberation. So what are you waiting for? It’s now or never.

Click here to download further details and the booking form.

For further information contact Bryan on 07736 889 165
email: wing-prayer@hotmail.co.uk

Location of Wiston Lodge

Dharma Hall

Dharma Hall

Meditation Room

Meditation Room

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Sounds & Silence : 23rd to 25th May 2014 : Anam Cara, Inverness

sounds_flyerMusic & Mindfulness with Susanne Olbrich

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014
Anam Cara Retreat Centre, Inverness
£210 (£170 concessions)

Intuitive Music Making & Meditation: Everyone with or without musical training welcome!

Sitting, walking and eating meditation are wonderful ways to refresh and renew body and mind. We will use mindful listening, sound and music to deepen the connection with ourselves and with nature. Indoors and outdoors, we will create music in the moment with percussion instruments from around the world and whatever instruments you bring. We will take time to discover the source of our inner music and explore the music of our hearts.

“Deep listening and improvising in nature were a profound and beautiful experience, helping me to connect with life on a very deep level.”
“Many thanks for a deeply inspiring and fun time!”
“I loved the freedom to explore my creative side with gentle encouragement. It was delightful!”

Susanne Olbrich is a pianist, composer and music teacher living at Findhorn. She has been studying and practising Mindfulness Meditation with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for many years and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Her own music crosses boundaries between classical, folk, world music and jazz. www.myspace.com/susanneolbrich

Booking & information
Anam Cara Retreat Centre, Inverness.
Tel: 01463 711702
Sounds & Silence Flyer

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Mindful Yoga with Gill Mathews

The ApproachPDF of Yoga Classes at St Marks

People new to yoga and/or mindfulness practice and those with prior experience are welcome.

Practice includes:

  • basic postures
  • pranayama (yoga breathing)
  • deep relaxation
  • simple meditation techniques

The form of yoga aims to help students to work from the inside out as a process of self-discovery rather than a striving to achieve an end result in terms of postural perfection or outward beauty. We sometimes work in pairs to help one another and to observe, more closely, how our bodies can be supported to move into different shapes that can create openings and release tensions held within. The opening of the mind is viewed as a key factor in this form of Yoga thus there is emphasis on a mindful or meditative approach so that our goal is to be truly

present in each moment, developing our awareness of feelings and thoughts as we progress through the movements. This is not a yoga whereby we set out to accomplish difficult postures, although we do work to develop flexibility and improve our yoga skills by gradually moving more deeply into traditional yoga asana. The purpose is more that of an inward journey to realise more fully the connection between mind and body, and the way in which the breath provides the guide or link between these. Students of varying ages and abilities are welcome and there is no discrimination as we learn from one another regardless of how flexible or otherwise our bodies are – a flexible body does not necessarily mean a flexible or expansive mind which often proves a much bigger challenge! Mindful movement through yoga asana gradually improves flexibility and alignment and with regular practice overall health and well-being is enhanced, bringing increased freedom, energy and vitality to the body.


Cost: £8 per session (low income-£6) Flexible payment system Please contact Gill on 07551361599
e-mail: gill.mathews@hotmail.com
Flier: Download PDF

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Mindful Peace Walk, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Sunday 16 March 2014

‘We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. Let us enjoy every step we make.’

Thich Nhat Hanh.

Venue: The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR.
Date: Sunday 16 March 2014.
Time: 9.30am-11am, meet at West Gate entrance to the John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, at 9.30am.(Introduction to mindful walking at 9.45am and walk begins at 10am). No access from East Gate.
Cost: Admission Free. Just come along on the day

Event Description: This silent walking meditation is an open event. It will be led by the lay members of the Edinburgh Sangha of the Community of Interbeing, who follow the practice and teachings of Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. The walk begins at the John Hope Gateway of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as meditation practice. This is not a protest or a campaigning event, so please do not use any banners. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults. Please remember to wrap up warmly.

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Christmas & New Year Break 2013/14

We will take a break over the Christmas and New Year holidays as most people are busy or away. There will therefore not be Thursday night gatherings on 26th December or 2nd January.

Our next Sangha night will be Thursday 9th January 7:15 for 7:30 – we look forward to seeing you there.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Super Saturnalia!

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Border Collie Sangha Mindfulness Day @ Wiston: Saturday 7th December 2013

Peaceful Grounds!

The Peaceful Grounds at Wiston

The Border Collie Sangha invites you to join  us at a Mindfulness day at wonderful Wiston Lodge on the theme of the importance of developing and nurturing your  Sangha.

We will have guided and  silent meditation, a teaching from Thay’s recordings and sharing time in the newly redecorated upstairs meditation room with its lovely warm wood stove, and walking meditation in the woods. The day will last from  10:30 until 4:00.

There will be a  delicious and wholesome  vegetarian  lunch with homemade soup, home baked bread and dessert, and tea.  (A small charge, about £5.00 will cover costs).  We will have the opportunity to eat part of our meal in silence.

There will be the opportunity to stay overnight and have dinner for an additional charge.  If you wish to do working meditation on Sunday, dinner and your accomodation will be without charge.  There will be no working meditation on Saturday.

There is at least hourly bus and train service to Lanark from Edinburgh and Glasgow.   Lifts will be available from Lanark  to Wiston.  Wiston is a 40-50 minute drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

If you are interested, e-mail me at ronni.richards@hotmail.com and  I will send you more information on what to bring etc.

N.B. This is on the same day as the Mindful Sangha Gathering in Edinburgh so there are two opportunities to practice on this weekend!

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