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Wednesday, 7 June 2017
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08:00 [08:00] OPEN MEDITATION
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Daily meditation was one of the core values at the heart of the founding of The Salisbury Centre, over 40 years ago. Today we still maintain this practice as a means of personal spiritual development but also as a service to our community. Our daily meditation is nondenominational and accessible to all; no experience is needed. We join in 30 minutes of silence and you may sit in any way you find comfortable. Chairs, cushions, stools and blankets are provided. Every weekday (Monday through Friday) at 08:00 AM and 17:30 PM. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time. There is no need to book; just drop by when you can. Free of charge!

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17:00 [17:30] OPEN MEDITATION
Description:
Daily meditation was one of the core values at the heart of the founding of The Salisbury Centre, over 40 years ago. Today we still maintain this practice as a means of personal spiritual development but also as a service to our community. Our daily meditation is nondenominational and accessible to all; no experience is needed. We join in 30 minutes of silence and you may sit in any way you find comfortable. Chairs, cushions, stools and blankets are provided. Every weekday (Monday through Friday) at 08:00 AM and 17:30 PM. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time. There is no need to book; just drop by when you can. Free of charge!

18:00 [18:45] Compassion Based Living Course
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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 clearwateracademy.net 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.

[18:45] Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group
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Wednesday meditation evenings Meditation practice, with sitting and walking meditation and shamata yoga (no kit required). Individual meditation instruction is available by arrangement. Everyone welcome, just come along! We meet every Wednesday evening at 6:45pm for meditation, simple yoga, talks and discussion. Several times a year we will offer an evening course of five classes, or a weekend workshop lasting one or two days. We start with a session of meditation, then a brief walking meditation or shamatha yoga. We may have a talk by one of our resident teachers, by a visiting teacher, listen to a DVD or other recording, do a contemplation, read a book chapter or have a discussion. We end with tea and biscuits. Meditation instruction is available from one of our trained meditation instructors (Rod or Angie) by previous arrangement - either meeting before the main session, or at the same time if space is available in one of the other rooms. We do not charge for the meditation sessions or instruction, but welcome a donation to cover the cost of renting the space (this usually works out at around £2-5 per person)

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