“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world….” The Buddha
“Buddha” means “one who is awake” . Many people find Buddhism to be a pathway through spiritual practice and development towards greater awareness.
Buddhist teaching and practices such as meditation help to develop one’s capacity for mindfulness, non-judgemental awareness, loving kindness …. and ultimately wisdom.
Buddhism in Edinburgh
There are a number of Buddhist groups meeting in Edinburgh. Here are just a few ideas of what’s on.
Located in Melville Terrace, the centre runs a range of activities from lunch time meditation classes to introductory Buddhism courses and mindfulness workshops. It also has its own bookshop and a lovely shrine room.
The centre welcomes beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. …from those searching for some hints on stress and relaxation to others who are perhaps undertaking a more personal search.
This group is part of the UK Community of Interbeing and they follow the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Author of The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step to mention just two of his books, he is inspirational for many westerners in their discovery of Buddhism.
The group meet at St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace. They hold guided sitting meditations, walking meditations and readings. There are meditations in the early morning, at lunchtime and also in the evenings. Times and places do vary. Check their website for details.
The centre is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, with its focus placed on peace and health. People from all backgrounds are welcome and the programme of weekly activities range from beginner’s meditation classes to prayer meetings, study groups and Healthy Body – Peaceful Mind Qigong classes.
“As the shadow follows the body, …As we think so we become …”