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Day of Mindfulness – Sat 7th Dec 2019

Day of Mindfulness: Impermanence & Awakening Joy

Visiting Dharma Teacher — Vari McLuskie
Saturday 7 December, 10.15am – 5pm

We have a further opportunity to deepen our practice on Saturday 7 December when our dear Dharma teacher, Vari McLuskie, will be offering us a day of mindfulness. Vari will share teachings on Impermanence during the morning session, while the afternoon will be devoted to teachings and practices on Awakening Joy.

The day will be divided into two sections: 10.15am-1pm and the afternoon 2.15-5pm. Please feel free to attend either session, or both.

There will be a break for eating mindfully together at 1pm. Please bring a packed lunch which we will eat together on our cushions. There is no need to book, but please come early to ensure you get a seat.

Suggested dana: £7-10 for half day, £14 – 20 full day. No need to book. If you are additionally able to offer dana to Vari this would be appreciated.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House,
8 Hop Gardens,
off St. Martins Lane, London,
WC2N 4EH

Facebook event here.

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The London Mindfulness Hub (1st-19th May 2019)

You’re invited to join us on a special monastic-led spring retreat on the theme “Nurturing ourselves in Nature”. We’ll enjoy sinking deeper into the present moment, connecting deeply with ourselves and each other.

Hosted by the Wake Up Community of young adults, this special retreat is opportunity to practice mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition in the beautiful gardens and woods of Kentwell, a peaceful and expansive countryside venue in Suffolk.

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The London Mindfulness Hub (11th-20th May 2018)

We are delighted to announce that Plum Village monastics led by brothers Bao Tich and Phap Lai will be joining us for a series of events in May.

See below for further details on the event schedule and to purchase tickets. http://www.londonmindfulnesshub.org/

Schedule:
FRI 11 May: 7.30 – 10pm  Bring a Friend to an Evening of Practice

Have you friends interested in mindfulness but haven’t tried it? Or who’ve tried Headspace and are interested in going further? This evening’s for you to bring them along to hear the Plum Village monastics share introductory teachings on mindfulness, meditation and a happy life.

Also suitable for newcomers on their own. Or for regulars who’d like to review the basics.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martins Lane WC2N 4EA
(entry via 8 Hop Gardens)

£5 /£7 /£10 per person according to your means

Info and booking here and facebook event here.


SUN 13 May: 10am – 5.30pm  A Day of Mindfulness

For all with some experience of meditation you are warmly invited to join us for this day of mindfulness. We’ll come together to hear a talk, and to practice sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, smiling and breathing together. Please bring vegetarian food to share for lunch.

The Core, 161 Northwold Road, Upper Clapton E5 8RL

£15 / £22 / £30 according to your means.

Info and booking here and facebook event here.


MON 14 May: 5 – 6.40pm Walk With Me

The recent film about Plum Village monastery — followed by Q&A with the monks. An insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things. Followed by thirty minute walking meditation on Regent Street

Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, Marylebone W1B 2UW

£11 conc / £12 adult

Info and booking here and facebook event here.


FRI 18 May: 7.30 – 10pm  Deepening Your Practice

How to come to our true home. Featuring a talk, touching the earth and other practices. For those already having some experience of Thich Nhat Hanh’s or similar traditions

The practice of Touching the Earth, also known as bowing deeply or prostrating, helps us return to the Earth and to our roots, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors. We touch the Earth to let go of the idea that we are separate and to remind us that we are the Earth and part of Life.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martins Lane WC2N 4EA
(entry via 8 Hop Gardens)

£5 /£7 /£10 according to your means

Info and booking here and facebook event here.

SAT 19 May: Afternoon of Mindfulness 2.15pm – 5.30pm & ‘Wake Up to the joy of togetherness’ Be In 6pm – 9pm

An Afternoon of Mindfulness with our monastics, schedule:
2:30pm Singing and guided meditation
3pm Dharma talk
3.45pm Dharma sharing in small groups
5pm Walking meditation
5.30pm Break time, please bring vegan/vegetarian food to share 🙂

6-9pm Be-In celebration with the first half of the evening led by the monastics. We will enjoy tea and cookies in mindful silence then there will be sharing, songs, live music, poems and other offerings. Please if inspired do bring your instruments and other creative offering to share at this celebration, you can let a member of the hub team know on the day.

Suggested donation of £7, according to your means.

Westminster Quaker Meeting House
52 St Martins Lane WC2N 4EA
(entry via 8 Hop Gardens)

Facebook event here.

SUN 20 May: Peace Walk – A Walking Meditation in Victoria Park 11.30am – 1.30pm
Offering Peace for Ourselves, the City and the World

Walking meditation and mindful picnic in Victoria Park. Please bring an individual packed lunch for a mindful picnic afterwards.

Meet at Bonner Gate (junction of Sewardstone Rd / Approach Rd) E2 9JW. Please arrive in plenty of time.

Facebook event here.

For all these we have kept prices as low as possible. Please just pay what you can. Where you can afford the upper rate however that would be helpful.

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Evenings of mindfulness on Thursdays in April

From 10th April 2014, Wake Up London and Heart of London sanghas will now be co-hosting evenings of mindfulness on Thursdays for all ages at our regular venue, Westminster Quaker Meeting House (see directions).

These evenings are suitable for all those who have attended a morning of mindfulness or afternoon of mindfulness. There will be minimal guidance.

The evening schedule will be based on the Saturday sessions of mindfulness and may include other practices and teachings in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. It will be an opportunity to explore and go deeper into the practice.

Please feel free to arrive from 6pm and enjoy a cup of tea.

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Day of Mindfulness with Zen teacher Edward Espe Brown

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Dear friends,

We are happy to announce an upcoming Day of Mindfulness with Zen teacher Edward Espe Brown on 5th May, organized by Heart of London and Wake Up London sanghas. Please register as soon as possible to book your place.

This is a a rare opportunity to experience a Day of Mindfulness with this inspirational teacher (who is also well known for being really funny too). Day will consist of guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma teaching, Qi gong and mindful eating. Exact schedule not confirmed yet.

When: Saturday 5th May 2012, 09:30am to 5pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 52 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4EA (entrance at 8 Hop Gardens)
Nearest tube and overground: Leicester Sq and Charing Cross
Cost: £10 or £7 for student/unwaged – you can pay on the door.
For: All ages, experienced meditation pracitiotioners, beginners, curious people

Please bring a vegetarian lunch to share. Weather permitting, we will have a picnic in St. James Park, then return to the Friends Meeting House for the session in the afternoon.

REGISTRATION

Register your place by sending an email to info@wkuplondon.org

ABOUT EDWARD

Edward Espe Brown is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest, teacher and chef.

Edward was ordained as a Zen Priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1971 and has been practicing in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition of Suzuki Roshi since 1965. He has however developed an eclectic practice over the years, with extensive Vipassana training, many years practising Yoga and Chi Gung, and has taken a number of retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh in the USA, as well as visiting Plum Village during the 1990s.

Edward wrote the famous Tassajara Bread Book in the early 70s, co-founded Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, and a documentary film was recently made about him called How To Cook Your Life. He currently teaches at Tassajara Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm, and Spirit Rock, as well as heading his own Sangha in Marin County.

Watch trailer for How To Cook Your Life
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His website and bio is available here.

WHAT EDWARD IS UP TO IN THE UK

Edward will be visiting the UK as a Guest Speaker at The Do Lectures in Wales during the last week of April.

He will then be in London from April 29th to May 7th:

April 29th – Day retreat with London Insight

May 2nd – Talk at The Buddhist Society in London

May 3rd – The International Zen Association in London

(May 5th – Day of Mindfulness with us)

May 6th – Workshop with Alternatives at St. James Church

We look forward to spending the day with you!

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Sit in Peace in Trafalgar Square with Thich Nhat Hanh

Imagine the energy of thousands of people gathered together meditating on the open grounds of Trafalgar Square with one of the most influential people of our time.

Zen Master, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh will guide a sitting meditation on Saturday 31 March in Trafalgar Square from 2.30pm.

This is a free event and everyone is warmly invited to join in this celebration of peace within us and around us.

Sitting meditation is one of the ways to contemplate peace. We invite you to sit together in silence, generating the energy of peace, solidity, and freedom.

You may like to bring something to sit on (it may be a good idea for this to be waterproof). You are welcome to sit on the benches and steps in Trafalgar Square.

This event is open to everyone, all ages, from every path, experienced or not.

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

RSVP to Facebook event invitation here.

RSVP to MeetUp event invitation here.

How to get to Trafalgar Square, see here

We are inviting everyone around the world to sit in peace with us. Check back later for the cities joining us on 31st March 2012. Email us if you would like to organise an event in your city!

Watch a clip of June 2011’s meditation flash mob in Trafalgar Square

Check out the rest of Thich Nhat Hanh’s 2012 tour in the UK here, including a public talk at Royal Festival Hall and a 5 day retreat at Nottingham University here.

Check out Thich Nhat Hanh’s Facebook page here.


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