Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-07-2019

“If they continue to draw you into their unwholesome behaviour. Cease to see them.”

~ Buddha

“If it is hard to conquer burning passions towards relatives and close friends.The best way to quench them, is to break all associations.” 

~ Milarepa (1052-1135)

These are this week’s topic(s) for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host is Vella.

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Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-07-2019

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”

~ from ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

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Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 01-07-2019

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions

“Our common human goal is happiness and our common human condition is fear. Fear is the obstacle in every moment to our happiness and our complete illumination. It is fear that holds us in a job or a relationship or a situation that we don’t like or enjoy, and it is this fear that society continually caresses.”

~ From ‘Buttons in the Dana Box’ by Michael Kewley

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

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Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 24-06-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-06-24 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House - Fifth Precept Sangha

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.”

~ Viktor E. Frankl

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

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Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 17-06-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-06-17 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House - Fifth Precept Sangha

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”

~ Ray Bradbury, [Farewell Summer]

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

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Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 10-06-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-06-10 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House - Fifth Precept Sangha

“I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no”

~ Songwriters: Keith Richards / Michael Jagger (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ –

Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 03-06-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-06-03 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House - Fifth Precept Sangha

“Being cut off from our own natural self-compassion is one of the greatest impairments we can suffer. Along with our ability to feel our own pain go our best hopes for healing, dignity and love.”

~ Gabor Mate

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

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Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 27-05-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-05-27 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House - Fifth Precept Sangha

Confess All Your Hidden Faults.
Approach That Which You Find Repulsive.
Whoever You Think You Cannot Help – Help Them.
Anything You Are Attached To – Let Go Of It.
Go To the Places That Scare You.

~ Machig Labdrön (1055-1149) 11th-century Tibetan tantric Buddhist practitioner, teacher and yogini.

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ –

Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings. 
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 20-05-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-05-20 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House - Fifth Precept Sangha

“At death a person abandons
what he supposes as mine.
Realizing this, the wise
shouldn’t incline
to be devoted to mine-ness.”

~ Jara Sutta: Old Age – translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternatively…

“That which a man imagines to be his
will disappear at death.
Knowing this a wise man
will have no attachment (to anything).”

~ Jara Sutta: Old Age – translated from the Pali by John D. Ireland

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ –

Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-05-2019

Sit-and-Share Topic 2019-05-13 Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House

“Like fever and pain, anxiety and low mood are useful normal responses to some situations.”

~ Randolph M. Nesse, Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry

This is this week’s topic for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Skype from 7:45 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time).

All welcome.

This week’s ‘Sit-and-Share’ host can be found here –

http://5th-precept.org/virtual-sit-and-share-meetings-via-…/

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ –

http://5th-precept.org/how-to-attend-a-virtual-sit-and-sha…/

Closing dedication of Merit:

We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings. 
May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
Keep sitting; and keep smiling.