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, 21st and 28th) 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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Wonderful Wiston 2014

Orla wrote a poem that she didn’t quite get around to reading on the retreat but wanted to share.

Wonderful Wiston

A warm welcome
Beds lovingly made
Gathas mindfully placed
Smiling faces

Still morning sun
Heart-stopping bells
Mouthfuls cherished
Cosmic drum sounds

Sitting like a sunflower
Walking as a river
A powerful energy
Breathing as one

Blue tits playing
Woodpecker snores
Majestic trees
A solstice rainbow fire

Hearts opening
Caring glances
Friendships made & renewed
Dana lovingly given

Compassion & wisdom
“Aha!” moments
A middle way?
Heartfelt gratitude

Surrendering to the flow
Letting go
Going deeper
Faith in the path

Home now
Lively children
Mindful bedtime
A practice renewed

Orla Beaton
June 2014

And also that charity in Mozambique you were wondering about is IMAGINE Mozambique.

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Wiston 2014: Dharmic Abba

For those who appreciate classic (rather than classical) music Pete has kindly provided the improved words to the Abba classic “Knowing Me Knowing You”.

Letting Be; Letting Go
(to the tune of “knowing me; knowing you” by Abba)

Letting be;  letting go
That’s the way to let life flow…
Letting be; letting go.
Why on earth do we strive and run?
Oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why?
Can’t you see that that just ruins the fun
Just be here right now.
Letting be; letting go then your love light will glow.

And here is Pete’s mindful version of “Simple Gifts” (An old shaker classic, often used at Thanksgiving time in America, and featured in Appalachian Spring and even during President Obama’s inauguration.  The tune was used (without attribution so far as we know) for Lord of the Dance, but let’s not dwell on that).

‘Tis a gift to live simply
’tis a gift to be free
’tis a gift to just allow ourselves to “be”
And, as the Here and Now comes to feel just right
We’re Home in the valley of love and delight

When true simplicity is gained
To be what we are we will not be ashamed
To grow, grow will be our delight
And while flowing, growing we’ll glow with light.

Here is a version with the original words if you can’t remember the tune.



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Wiston 2014: Freedom Now Or Never

Wonderful retreat held at the weekend. Click the image for larger version. Any other contributions from the retreat would be most welcome.

Wiston 2014For those who were laughing at me trying to make it to the back in less than 2 seconds here is an action shot!

DSCF0729I also took a few of my people portraits. Not as many as I would like. Maybe I’ll get you next time. (Clicking on these opens in my gallery). Let me know if you want larger copies.

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No Meeting Thursday 19th June 2014

Since many of us will be at the  retreat at Wiston Lodge on Thursday 19 June – with the bell and mats and cushions etc – there will not be an evening session that night.

There will still be the usual Mindfulness at Lunchtime on Tuesday and on Tuesday evening there will be a talk by Br, Vu at St Marks at 7pm on Everyday Mindfulness.

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An evening with Buddhist Monastic Br Chan Phap Vu – Tuesday 17th June 2014

Everyday Mindfulness

7.00pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

St. Mark’s Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

The Wild Geese Sangha

invite you to an evening with Buddhist Monastic Br Chan Phap Vu.

Br Vu will share his understanding of the Buddha’s teachings on Mindfulness and in particular how we may develop our practice in our everyday life.

Br Vu is visiting from the Blue Cliff Monastery in New York state which was founded in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

We will also share a period of guided meditation and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers followed by tea and biscuits.

‘Our true home is in the here and now. It is not an abstract idea; it is something we can touch and live in every moment, every day. With mindfulness and concentration we can find our true home in the full relaxation of our mind and body in the present moment.’

Thich Nhat Hanh

suggested donations for the evening ~ £5 and £3 concessions

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