Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 20-10-2022

Image – ‘The Brain Poster’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, Ireland - January 2022
Image – ‘The Brain Poster’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, Ireland - January 2022

The things you frequently think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the colour of your thoughts.

~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121–180) [source: The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Antoninus]

THURSDAY, October 20, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 – ‘The Brain Poster’ – Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, Ireland – January 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 17-10-2022

Black & White photo of D. T. Suzuki with text "To live - is that not enough?"
Black & White photo of D. T. Suzuki with text "To live - is that not enough?"

To live – is that not enough?

~ D. T. Suzuki [source: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism]

MONDAY, October 17, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Shaku, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 10-10-2022

Image – ‘Book Cover - Encouragement Towards Awakening’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma
Image – ‘Book Cover - Encouragement Towards Awakening’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma

So there is a place every day for a little rejoicing, a rejoicing in one’s own good fortune and good work. And when we practice this – even in ordinary daily life – it comes so naturally to rejoice in the good fortune and good qualities of others.

~ Bhante Bodhidhamma [source: Encouragement Towards Awakening (page 113)]

MONDAY, October 10, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 John, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.

Image – ‘Book Cover – Encouragement Towards Awakening’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 09-10-2022

Image – ‘Forgiveness Workshop Poster’ - New Life Portugal, Folgosinho, Portugal - March 2022
Image – ‘Forgiveness Workshop Poster’ - New Life Portugal, Folgosinho, Portugal - March 2022

Whatever a person frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of the heart.

~ Gautama Buddha [source: Two Types of Thoughts]

SUNDAY, October 09, 2022

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

9:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
10:45 am MDT (eg Denver)
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12:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
5:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
6:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
7:45 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 – ‘Forgiveness Workshop Poster’New Life Portugal, Folgosinho, Portugal – March 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-10-2022

Image – ‘Buddha Statue in the Clouds’ - Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand - June 2022
Image – ‘Buddha Statue in the Clouds’ - Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand - June 2022

The clouds that wander through the sky
Have no roots, no home; nor do the distinctive
Thoughts, which float through the mind.
Once the nature of mind is seen,
Discrimination stops.

~ Tilopa [source: Mahamudra Song]

THURSDAY, October 06, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Pat, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Buddha in the Clouds’Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand – June 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 03-10-2022

Image: Yellow Sunflower
Image: Yellow Sunflower

Trust in your own awakening heart and consciousness.

~ Tara Brach [source: Trusting Our Awakening Heart]

MONDAY, October 03, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Lynda, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 02-10-2022

Image – Graffiti on wall saying ‘Dirty & Blind’ - Barreiro, Portugal - November 2021
Image – Graffiti on wall saying ‘Dirty & Blind’ - Barreiro, Portugal - November 2021

Those who have not realized their True Self live like the blind, unintentionally scratching someone else’s leg. If you would like to scratch your own leg, first awaken to your True Self.

~ Korean Zen master Gyeongbong (1892–1982) [source: As quoted by Haemin Sunim in the book The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down – HOW TO BE CALM IN A BUSY WORLD]

SUNDAY, October 02, 2022

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

9:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
10:45 am MDT (eg Denver)
11:45 am CDT (eg Chicago)
12:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
5:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
6:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
7:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

All welcome.


Image – ‘Dirty & Blind’ – Barreiro, Portugal – November 2021

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 29-09-2022

…suffering is the first grace. In a special sense, suffering is almost a time of rejoicing, for it marks the birth of creative insight.

~ Ken Wilber [source: No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth]

THURSDAY, September 29, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Gary who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image Alms Round’ – in Luang Prabang, Laos – March 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-09-2022

Image – ‘The Family Stone’ - Algés, Portugal - March 2022
Image – ‘The Family Stone’ - Algés, Portugal - March 2022

Just as with her own life a mother shields from hurt her own son, her only child, let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.

~ Buddha [source: The Discourse on Love (Metta Sutta Snp 1.8)]

MONDAY, September 26, 2022

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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Shaku, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘The Family Stone’ – Algés, Portugal – March 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-09-2022

Image – ‘Buddha & Salad’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland - July 2021
Image – ‘Buddha & Salad’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland - July 2021

Dharma practice is an ethical path that leads into that gap between aspiration and habit; pursuing the ethic of care will gradually close it.

~ Winton Higgins [source: “Treading the Path with Care” – Tricycle Buddhist Review (Winter 2016)]

SUNDAY, September 25, 2022

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

9:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
10:45 am MDT (eg Denver)
11:45 am CDT (eg Chicago)
12:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
5:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
6:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
7:45 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 – ‘Buddha & Salad’ – Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – July 2021