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Sunday, 4 June 2017
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09:00 [09:30] Edinburgh Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship (Rob Elliot)
The main goal of each SRF group is to meet in order to meditate together. The group meditation may be helpful for those who are making a spiritual effort to achieve calmness, concentration and devotion, which are necessary to seek God. SRF is a religious, non-profit organisation, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in Los Angeles in 1920. You are very welcome to join our meditation. Please call or write to Sue&Rob Elliot for more information and to let us know you are coming, so that we can welcome you. Tel (Sue&Rob): 01750 722243 Email:

13:00 [13:00] Sunday Lunch
Join us for Lunch! The Salisbury Centre offers a Sunday Lunch on the first Sunday of each month to all Friends of the Centre. We hope to create an opportunity for regular visitors and lurkers alike to meet informally, so people who don't attend regular events and people from the various devotional groups will have a chance to mingle, and who knows what new friendships and ideas may arise. The food on offer principally will be suitable for vegans and vegetarians. We will publish the menu ahead of time on Facebook. Contributions to the spread are welcome, and you are free to bring along anything you personally may need to meet special dietary restrictions or allergies. Lunch will be preceded by a 30-minute silent meditation. Programme: 13:00 - 13:30 Meditation 14:00 - 16:00 Lunch Kindly RSVP by 3pm on the preceding Friday to, for the sake of catering. Suggested donation: £5 We look forward to welcoming you!

[14:00] Compassion Based Living Course
Programme dates: 3rd May – 14th June Days & times: Seven 2-hour sessions, every Wednesday (6:45pm-8:45pm) beginning 3rd May + One 4-hour session on Sunday 4th June (2pm-6pm) (Week 5). Programme duration: 7 weeks/18 hours Location: The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB Programme fee: £180 for new students; £140 for continuing students and Academy members (includes all course materials, welcome pack, online support and Academy Membership) Payable online at If you are in a difficult financial situation, please get in touch with us. The Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC), delivered over seven evening sessions and one longer practice session on a Sunday afternoon, draws on insights and practices from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and Mahayana Buddhism, and is a great next step after an 8-week mindfulness course. Developed by the Mindfulness Association, this secular course starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion, we cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We then approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. What it would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism? In the course of the journey we move from self-compassion towards compassion for others, exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our narrow preferences, generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, responding appropriately to pain and suffering while also appreciating the good things in our lives, integrating compassion into all that we do. As there is a strong emphasis on the experiential nature of the course, there are home practice suggestions between the sessions that include regular compassion practice and daily life exercises. The longer session on the Sunday gives the opportunity to dive deeper into the practice in a supportive retreat-like setting.