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PUBLIC TALK in Edinburgh: The Body is a Buddhafield not a Battlefield

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0


Alistair Appleton is giving a free public talk in Edinburgh on the evening of Friday 15th February 2019. The talk is raising money for the Salisbury Centre.

He’s speaking on the subject, “The Body is a Buddhafield not a Battlefield”. It’s about the role of the body (or ‘soma’) in Buddhist practice. And especially the necessity to meditate somatically in this radically disembodied age we’re living in.

“He Lived a short distance from his body”

The intensifying digitalisation of our experience with social media, phones and computers, leaves us several removes from our bodies. And Alistair will argue that this a pandemic trend that we need to seriously consider and counter. Without a significant embodiment we are much more prone to being manipulated by the media, by powerful others and by society. Our bodies become a battlefield for big business to wage war on our bad conscious.

More significantly, when we lose touch with our bodies, we also lose the entry to true spiritual practice. Because another battle has been fought on the body in terms of religion. 

“The whole Universe in this fathom-long frame”

Alistair will explore the long philosophical and religious demonisation of the body in the East and the West. But he picks out the tantric thread that has always championed the power of human flesh in the path of transformation. In particular, he looks at the ‘somatic’ tradition in meditation and therapy. There will be some powerful exercises to recover our sense of an ‘enlightenment body’ from the somatic tradition. 

How to book a place on this public talk in Edinburgh

The talk is free and open to everyone in the area and beyond. Please book a free place below so we know how many to expect!

All proceeds go to the Salisbury Centre. All welcome.


February 15
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Salisbury Centre Edinburgh
2 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AB United Kingdom
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0131 667 5438


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