Ceremony for Ani


Ceremony of respect and celebration for the life of
Ani Lodro Maverika
(Nora Romo)

St. Marks Unitarian Church
7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP
6.30pm, Thursday 5th March 2015

This will consist of a ceremony of celebration and farewell followed by a “munch” and a Be-In in St Marks hall.

Ani specifically asked for no flowers but we would like to invite you to bring a leaf, real, paper or any other material you like perhaps with a word or phrase on it to lay on Ani’s coffin during the ceremony to send her in our love and thoughts in her continuation.

Also poems, songs, stories, photos etc to share in the Be-In and help honour and celebrate our connections to Ani and how she has touched our lives.

If possible RSVP: It would be helpful to have an indication of numbers for catering but all are most welcome

Ani’s cremation takes place on Friday.  There will be no separate service at this time.

Please see this page for details of location, public transport and parking.

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Ani’s Transition

ani_bwIt is with sadness that we share the news that Ani, our friend and sister in the Dharma, passed away at 11:30 last night (Wednesday 25th February).

Ani was a founding member of the Wild Geese Sangha and contributed greatly to the spread of the Dharma.

We were blessed to have Ani’s wonderful manifestation and now her wonderful continuation in the world and in us.

More details of a service will be posted here shortly.

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Alive and Awake: Mindfulness in Life and at Work

Alive & Awake u2013 MindfulnessOur friend and lay Order Member Susanne Olbrich is offering a week of Mindfulness at  Findhorn from 9th to 15th May 2015.

It will be suitable for those new to mindfulness practice and experienced practitioners alike.

You can read more on the Findhorn site or download the flier here.

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Mindful Peace Walk @ The Botanics ~ Sunday 15th March 2015

We are running another Mindful Peace Walk at the Royal Botanic Edinburgh in March as part of the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace.  This has always been a successful event with many people taking part and a wonderful atmosphere. We hope you will be able to join us this year.

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ
Date: Sunday 15 March 2015.
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). N.B. No access from East Gate on Inverleith Row.
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.

‘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.

Cost: Admission Free. Just come along on the day.
For further information: Neill Walker, mesp2015@hotmail.com, 0131 331 4469.

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Monastic Summer Residential Retreat ~ 21st to 24th May 2015

Our neighbouring Sangha, the Border Collie Sangha, is running a residential retreat at the  Wiston Lodge in the Scottish Borders:

“When we practice mindfulness, we naturally become attuned to the planet. We are able to listen to ourselves and each other with mindfulness and compassion, we increase our ability to listen to our planet. Practicing compassionate listening to the Earth, we hear that the planet desperately needs us to reconnect with the Earth and with each other. There is no difference between healing ourselves and healing the Earth.”

From Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh

YBrother Vuou are warmly invited to join us at our summer retreat from 21st to 24th May, 2015 guided by Br Phap Vu of Blue Cliff Monastery New York, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will gather as a Sangha of all ages to support our practice of Mindfulness together.

Wiston Lodge with its extensive grounds and natural environment, merging upwards to Tinto Hill, gives us the opportunity to deepen our awareness of Interbeing with Nature and with one another. The doors are wide open for our Wake Up friends, and we hope that everyone young and old will feel nourished and enriched through the explorations of the practice guided by our visiting monastic, Br Phap Vu of Blue Cliff Monastery New York.

Through our time together, we will explore the power of the teachings of the Five Mindfulness Trainings in our personal lives and society, with the opportunity of receiving the Transmission of the Trainings.

For more information contact:
Meg Beresford on meg.beresford@gn.apc.org or 07835 362 774
Paul Dear info@tintomusicandarts.org 0796123890

Download the booking form here: 21st-may-rev. booking form-2015

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Mindfulness Day ~ Saturday 24th January 2015 9.30-1.30pm

We are having a half day of Mindfulness at St Marks. This is an opportunity to enjoy sitting, walking and eating together in Mindfulness. There will be some readings, Dharma sharing and a little chanting.

Where: St Marks Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh.
When:  Saturday 24th January 2015 9:30 to 1:30
Bring: Vegetarian food to share
Give: £5-£10 donations would be welcomed

If you would like more information please contact us or you can just turn up on the day.

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New Year Wester Caputh Retreat

Lonely HorseTen of us have just returned from a lovely time at the Wester Caputh Steading Hostel on the Sangha Winter Gathering. Most of the retreat was in silence but we had an hour and a half of Dharma sharing each evening. The sense of communication and brotherhood/sisterhood  was very strong. Gustaf’s cooking was quite exquisite.

The theme was the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (Body, Feelings, Mind, Objects of Mind) as presented in the Satipatthana Sutta. We did an establishment each day with a reading form the sutta and also from Thay’s commentaries. We also did some deep relaxation held a formal a ceremony for the deceased.

Karol wrote this poem inspired by the retreat:

If I
just could be
In you
or you in me

my thoughts
wouldn’t have to run after you

and the soul
could stop missing

Everyone was looking forward to doing something similar again next year.

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