Morning of Mindfulness – Salisbury Centre – Saturday 3rd September 2016

Heart Sutra –  Form is emptiness- Emptiness is form.

heart_sutraThe morning offers Thay’s unique practice of mindful sitting, walking and eating meditation. We come together to explore and contemplate the most famous of the Buddha’s teachings known as the “Insight to the other shore”.  Thich Nhat Hanh gives a clear commentary which is beautifully written, taken from the text of his wonderful inspiring book, Buddha Mind Buddha Body.

We will also look at Thay’s teaching to create “conscious positive habit energy”  transforming our base store consciousness for a peaceful and happier life. The session will be facilitated by Bryan Webb and will run between 9:30am – 1:30pm at the Salisbury Centre.

When: Saturday 3rd September 2016 – 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Salisbury Centre. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up. (Optionally confirm on Facebook event page)
Cost: By donation. Suggested £5/£10 but more or less is fine or what you can afford..
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 along.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

 

 

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Make a Bee Line with Meg

meg1Meg Beresford from our neighbours in the Border Collie Sangha will be “making a bee line” on foot from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to Wiston Lodge over the course of a week to raise awareness of the decline of bees.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join like minded friends in walking for Mother Earth.

Kick off is at 10:30 on Tuesday 30th August at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Read more on the Let’s Make A Bee Line website.

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The Poppy Seed Sangha are planning a Mindfulness Day on Sunday 2nd October 2016

We are delighted to let you know that The Poppy Seed Sangha are planning a Mindfulness Day on Sunday 2nd October from 10am until 3.30pm at their usual Poppy Seed Sangha venue of Westbank Centre in Cash Feus, Strathmiglo, Fife, KY14 7QP.

The theme for the day will be “non-discrimination and inclusiveness” as described in the first mindfulness training: “I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world”. Our day of practice together will include listening to a talk or reading; walking meditation in the orchard (weather permitting); a guided and silent meditation and time for Dharma sharing.

If you can, please bring something to share for a vegetarian lunch along with your own crockery and cutlery. We will provide a selection of teas to drink.

Please bring weather appropriate clothes for walking meditation outside. We do have some chairs and a few meditation cushions, stools and blankets but you may wish to bring your own if you have one.

There is no charge for the day but a contribution of £5-10 (or what you can afford), toward the room rent, would be appreciated. Please do not let lack of funds deter you, all are welcome.

Arrival is any time between 10am and 10.30am to allow time for tea and hellos.

Here is the website and address for Westbank if you haven’t been before. We would recommend parking on the street close to the centre as opposed to up the lane which can get congested and prevent the owners from accessing their house.

Please let us know if you are coming (or ask any questions) by emailing Orla at orla.beaton@btinternet.com

 

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We are at Santosa for August 2016

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As St. Marks is used as a festival venue in August, we will be holding the Thursday evening sessions during August at Santosa, 21 Albert Street, Leith, EH7 5LH.  The sessions will be held at the same time 7.15 for 7:30 start. Mindfulness at lunchtime will continue as usual at St. Marks.

Albert Street is about half way down Leith Walk on the right, opposite the new Sainsbury’s Local.  It’s the street between ‘The Advice Centre for Mortgages’ and the ‘Golden Ambal’ Indian Restaurant. 

Leith Walk is well served by buses including 22, 25, 10 and 16 (among others).

Santosa has a shop selling singing bells and other Nepalese goods and a cafe. The large yoga hall which we will be using as a meditation hall can be found down the stairs at the back opposite the cafe.

Santosa has just been built and is very fresh and new.  We would really like as many of you as possible to come so that we can get a collective feel for it. 

Once we’ve been there for three weeks we will be seeking feedback as to whether or not people would like to continue to use this venue after the festival. So the more people who come, the better informed decision we will be able to make.

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Mindful Weekend ~ 18th & 19th June 2016

We have a big weekend coming up on 18th & 19th June with a Mindfulness Morning at the Salisbury Centre led by Gill on the Saturday morning and a Mindful Peace Walk at Lauriston Castle in collaboration with EICSP midday on Sunday led by Sally & Gill

Mindfulness Morning ~ Saturday

“Our joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.”

We will follow usual Interbeing practice with guided, walking, and silent sitting meditations along with some mindful movement.

When: Saturday 18th June 2016 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Salisbury Centre,  2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB. Just opposite the Commonwealth Pool. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: By donation. Suggested £5/£10 but more or less is fine (we don’t look at what people put in!)
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 along.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

Peace Walk ~ Sunday

Join us for the inaugural 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 19th 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. There may be voluntary a collection.
Bring:
Appropriate clothing – sun cream or umbrella as required.
See Also: EICSP page for this event.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

 

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Pebbles and Moves

I really enjoyed facilitating the morning of mindfulness yesterday. We did the pebble meditation and the ten mindful movements and so I thought I’d share these two videos incase you want to do them again.

Pebble Meditation

Ten Mindful Movements

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Morning of Mindfulness – Saturday 14 May 2016

20150808-shinrinyokuWinter Becomes Spring Becomes Summer

A chance to practice for a longer period at St Mark’s. We will sit in meditation, drink, eat and share some conversation together. This session is inspired by the full arrival of spring and the freshness that is made available to us through impermanence and interbeing.

There will be an extended pebble meditation and we will do the ten mindful movements.

The session will be facilitated by Roger and will run between 9:30am – 1:30pm at St Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace.

When: Saturday 14th May 2016 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: St Marks Unitarian Church. See map below.
Booking: Just turn up. (Optionally confirm on Facebook event page)
Cost: By donation. Suggested £5/£10 but more or less is fine (we don’t look at what people put in!)
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 along.
Questions: Please contact us through the form.

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