There will be a morning of mindfulness at the Salisbury Centre on 1 August from 9:30 to 13:00 facilitated by Pete.
Here are directions to where it is: http://www.salisburycentre.org/site/findus/index.php
Some cushions and mats will be provided but if you have your own you may like to bring them. Tea will be provided but please bring a little vegetarian food to share for lunch.
The theme will be “Mindfulness of Music”.
Music, as a sense impression, is the second of the four nutriments described by Thay. We will apply the five contemplations, normally used for food, to music in order to increase our appreciation of it and our awareness of it’s interbeing nature. There will be guided mediation, walking meditation, readings, listening to music (including Thay’s new translation of the Heart Sutra) and some sharing. All welcome.
On arrival it was a very wet and overcast morning. Keith and I (Bryan) began setting up the large hall at St Giles of Marchmont. We were soaked by the rain and began putting out mats and cushions. I remarked casually to Keith “we will be lucky to have 10 folk due to the weather conditions”. Folk started to straggle in through the door looking thoroughly wet, certainly glad to be out of the rain and very happy for a cup of tea. When we sat down to begin our practise 21 folk had made the conscious choice to come to our gathering of the Wild Geese mindfulness morning despite the weather.
The theme for the day was “Habit energy and its scorpion nature”. This was partly inspired from a dharma talk given by Sister Dang Nghiem found in an old edition of the Mindfulness bell magazine. After a brief telling of the ” Story of the frog and the scorpion”. Keith led us on a guided meditation and walking meditation, followed by sit. We then broke for a cup of tea in silence. I could not help but notice that many of the now vacated mats had large damp patches due to the encounter with the rain.
A short dharma talk was given, which offered various angles to look into the subject of habit energy. How this energy enters our daily lives, its possible origins and its addictive and scorpion like nature. Also how it plays a major role in our suffering and for others. After a brief description on the practice of deep listening and sharing within our tradition. We broke into two groups for dharma sharing.
Our final practice was lunch held partly in silence. Folk brought the usual array of good food to share. We sat in a circle on our mats connecting with our food and the circle as a whole. On the invitation of the bell we broke silence and chatted, getting to know our neighbours. Finally we said our goodbye’s inviting everyone to meet again on the 1st of August at the Salisbury Centre from 9.30am to 1.30am.
To summarise the morning. It was wonderful to see the young people from Wake up who attended. They brought a balance, plus wisdom and harmony to the day. The new faces and familiar ones blended with the young, sharing there experience and I feel it was a beneficial atmosphere all round. Mindfulness mornings if nothing else is an act of peace. Hopefully we will see you again at the Salisbury Centre.
Bryan and Keith
This is a lovely read about how Thay is improving and teaching by example.
This is the short talk I gave to an Inter-Faith meeting at the Theosophical Society in Edinburgh on Thursday 25th June 2015 which is posted here for your info – as it clashed with our Sangha night. I was asked to introduce the life or the Buddha and say how it was “for peace” in fifteen to twenty minutes. Not sure how well it hit the theme of the evening. Ah well – everything is a learning experience.
Mindfulness of habit energy
Our practice theme is how habit energy has a central role in our everyday lives. We will look into some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s commentaries regards the use of mindfulness to transform negative habit energy. Giving us the opportunity to come together to enjoy sitting meditation, walking and eating together in Mindfulness. There will be Dharma sharing and discussion on this subject where we can gain insight from each other, please bring some vegetarian food to share. Tea will be provided.
Where: Marchmont St Giles. Which is located on the corner Marchmont Road. Strathearn Road and Kilgraston Rd. This is a new venue for us and we have the use of the main hall which is big light and airy.
When: Saturday 4th of July 2015 – 9:30am to 1:30pm
Bring: Vegetarian food to share, there will be mats and chairs and blankets provided but please bring your own if possible.
Donation: A £5.00 donation is welcomed to pay for the premises, but please pay only what you can afford.
Getting there by Bus:
– The No 5 from North Bridge (at the east end of Princes Street) stops near the traffic lights on Strathearn Rd, Marchmont Rd.
– The Nos. 24 & 41 go to Marchmont Road. Strathearn Road also stops near the same traffic lights.
– The Nos. 11,15,16,27,27,45 from Princes Street and Lothian Road go to Bruntsfield Links, walk down Whitehouse Loan to the Strathearn Road. Continue on past the Gillis Centre to the top of Marchmont Rd at the traffic lights. A 10 minute walk approx.
If you would like more information please phone Bryan 07736889165 or you can just turn up on the day.