Buddhist Recovery Summit 2021

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Sit-and-Share Topics

Fifth Precept Sangha Helpful Links

The Dharma of Life ~ an attempt at a full list of resources would be endless but here are some suggested reading (and viewing) to widen the perspective

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett

YouTube: How Emotions are Made (Cinematic Lecture)

Being You: A New Science of Consciousness By: Professor Anil Seth

TED Talk: Being You: A New Science of Consciousness (TED Talk)

How the Mind Works By: Steven Pinker

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World By: Iain McGilchrist

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain By: Lisa Feldman Barrett

YouTube: Psycho-logical By: Dean Burnett

The Brain: The Story of You By: David Eagleman

Review: Secular Dharma By Stephen Batchelor

YouTube: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age with Stephen Batchelor

Hungry Ghost Retreats

Blogs, Podcasts and Videos

Upcoming retreats and online workshops

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 09-12-2021

Image – ‘False Narratives’ - White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Image – ‘False Narratives’ - White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The real problem is believing in the existence of a worthy or unworthy self in the first place. Worthy/unworthy or perfect/imperfect are equally false narratives. From the Buddhist point of view, there is no worthy or unworthy self.

~ Pema Khandro Rinpoche [source: You’re Ready Enough (Lion’s Roar Magazine) ]

THURSDAY, December 09, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

11:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘False Narratives’ – White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 02-12-2021

Image – ‘Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia - August 2016
Image – ‘Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia - August 2016

“All conditioned things are impermanent” – when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada (verse 277)]

THURSDAY, December 02, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

11:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Bruce, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary‘ – Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia – August 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 29-11-2021

Image – ‘Rocko's Tacos’ - 24th Street, San Francisco, California, USA - June 2018
Image – ‘Rocko's Tacos’ - 24th Street, San Francisco, California, USA - June 2018

We’re embodied humans, not angels. If we didn’t ‘crave’ food, drink, sex and shelter, then we wouldn’t be here at all. If we didn’t seek intimate and other warm connections with each other, as well as insights into how our world works, stimulation of our higher senses, and better ways to live, then we wouldn’t lead meaningful human lives.

~ Winton Higgins [source: Response to Mike Slott’s ‘Reexamining “truths” and “tasks” in secular Buddhism’ at Secular Buddhist Network]

MONDAY, November 29, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from…

12:45 pm PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
1:45 pm MT (eg Denver)
2:45 pm CT (eg Chicago)
3:45 pm ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CET (eg France)
9:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Rocko’s Tacos’ – 24th Street, San Francisco, California, USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 28-11-2021

Image – ‘The Peak Galleria’ - Hong Kong - August 2016
Image – ‘The Peak Galleria’ - Hong Kong - August 2016

Right view encourages awareness of the results of what we do, awareness of sharing this world with others, and awareness of the importance of our inner, psychological realm over that of sense-contact.

~ Ajahn Sucitto [source: Kamma and the End of Kamma (1st Edition – page 13)]

SUNDAY, November 28, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

11:45 am  PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm  MT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm  CT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm  ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm  CET/ (eg France)
9:45 pm  CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm  EAT (eg Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Patrick, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘The Peak Galleria’ – Hong Kong – August 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-11-2021

Image – ‘Time Flies in Lisbon’ - Av. Alm. Reis, Lisboa, Portugal - November 2021
Image – ‘Time Flies in Lisbon’ - Av. Alm. Reis, Lisboa, Portugal - November 2021

The present moment is not defined solely by letting go of past and future, nor by accepting and appreciating what arises right now, but by choosing in this very moment how we make sense of the world.

~ Jack Petranker [source: The Present Moment – Tricycle Magazine – Winter 2014]

THURSDAY, November 25, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

11:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Time Flies in Lisbon’ – Av. Alm. Reis, Lisboa, Portugal – November 2021

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 22-11-2021

Image – ‘Vince Cullen at the Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017’ - Grinwood Retreat Center, Lacey, Washington, USA - October 2017
Image – ‘Vince Cullen at the Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017’ - Grinwood Retreat Center, Lacey, Washington, USA - October 2017

Instead of becoming the world’s expert on Buddhism and being invited to great International Buddhist Conferences, just ‘let go, let go, let go’.

~ Ajahn Sumedho [source: Cittaviveka – Teachings From The Silent Mind]

MONDAY, November 22, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from…

12:45 pm PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
1:45 pm MT (eg Denver)
2:45 pm CT (eg Chicago)
3:45 pm ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CET (eg France)
9:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Noel, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Vince Cullen at the Buddhist Recovery Summit 2017Grinwood Retreat Center, Lacey, Washington, USA – October 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 21-11-2021

Image – ‘Pilgrims End’ - Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet - November 2008
Image – ‘Pilgrims End’ - Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet - November 2008

People have problems and flaws, but to recognize and honour the goodness that we all have is skilful.

~ Ajahn Sucitto [source: Kamma and the End of Kamma (1st Edition)]

SUNDAY, November 21, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

11:45 am  PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm  MT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm  CT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm  ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm  CET/ (eg France)
9:45 pm  CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm  EAT (eg Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Patrick, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Pilgrims End’ – Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet – November 2008

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 18-11-2021

Image – ‘Another Sunrise’ - Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia - August 2016
Image – ‘Another Sunrise’ - Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia - August 2016

This truth [of impermanence] changes our perspective and makes us much happier. It helps us appreciate the life we have right now—moment by moment. It helps us understand that every day is a bonus.

~ Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche [source: Every Day Is a Bonus’ – Tricycle Magazine – Trike Daily – Sept 13, 2018]

THURSDAY, November 18, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

11:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Another Sunrise’ – Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia – August 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-11-2021

Image – ‘Drying Dishes’ - Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand - June 2005
Image – ‘Drying Dishes’ - Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand - June 2005

Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh [source: The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation]

MONDAY, November 15, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

…alternatively, you can connect manually, with Zoom meeting ID 453 777 7699 and passcode ‘5ps‘.

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from…

12:45 pm PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
1:45 pm MT (eg Denver)
2:45 pm CT (eg Chicago)
3:45 pm ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CET (eg France)
9:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jessica, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Drying Dishes’Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand – June 2005