The Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group is part of Shambhala, a global community of people dedicated to recognizing the innate goodness of all and revealing that goodness in every area of personal and societal life. Join us in celebrating this journey of discovery. We offer meditation in the context of Shambhala teachings, integrating both mindfulness and insight approaches. Rooted in ancient Buddhist and Tibetan traditions, Shambhala infuses our lives with the discovery of our human goodness and connects us to our natural world. Addressed to a modern audience Shambhala can be seen as a way of life – an expression of mindfulness, meditation, wisdom, and celebration. The global community is led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Learn to meditate
A one-day course on the practice of meditation, suitable for complete beginners and also anyone wishing to refresh or re-connect with meditation practice.
Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh EH16 5AB
Saturday Dec 3rd, 10:00 – 5:00
Course fee: £20 (concessions available)
In this course we will explore the following:
The basic practice of mindfulness of breathing
Good Posture (stable, comfortable, dignified), Placing attention on your breath
Returning your attention when wandering, Relating to your thinking mind
The value of meditation in our everyday lives
Reducing stress and anxiety, Increasing focus and attention, Working with painful or overwhelming emotions, Understanding our own minds, Working with others – developing our capacity for openness, kindness, flexibility and friendliness
Working with obstacles:
Discomfort, Sleepiness, Distraction, Finding or making time
How to develop and maintain a regular practice
How to practice at home, Practicing with a group, Online resources
Angie Newton Is a meditation instructor and teacher with Shambhala International. She has been practicing meditation since 1989
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The Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group offers a place to practice sitting meditation, courses and weekend programmes in Shambhala Buddhism, the meditative arts, and instruction both for newcomers and more advanced students.
We meet at the The Salisbury Centre (The Studio room) every Wednesday from 6.45 to 8.45pm for sitting and walking meditation, with shamatha yoga, a short series of simple standing stretches (no kit needed!)
Individual meditation instruction is available free of charge. If you have your own meditation cushion please feel free to bring it since at present we have a limited number of cushions. It is equally acceptable to meditate sitting on a suitable chair.
Please note there is a suggested donation of £3-£5 per evening to help cover the cost of renting the space and to keep the group running. We also have a small library of books on Shambhala and Buddhism that are available for loan to regular participants, and some books available for purchase.
The group was founded in 1975 and has gone through several phases since then. Currently it is well establised at The Salisbury Centre.
Upcoming programmes and regular meetings