Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 21-06-2021

Buddha Statue by candlelight

“True love and faith arrive when it’s most dark. In the dark there is a special kind of beauty. In a dark time, your eyes can see your true friends by the light of their lamps.” 

~ Jack Kornfield [source: A Lamp in the Darkness]

MONDAY, June 21, 2021

No registration 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…

11:30 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
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8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Candles in the Pagoda’Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – January 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 17-06-2021

Buddha Statue Covered in Snow

“If you choose to not find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in life, but the same amount of snow.”

~ Anonymous

THURSDAY, June 17, 2021

No registration required. The meeting link is –

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…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:

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8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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


Image – Chosen by the host.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 14-06-2021

Imperfect Buddha bust on bench.

“We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence”

~ Shunryu Suzuki from his book ‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice’

MONDAY, June 14, 2021

No registration 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…

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8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Candles in the Pagoda’Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – January 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-06-2021

Black and white line drawing of Shantideva

Whenever I am eager for praise,
Or have the desire to blame others;
Whenever I have the wish to speak harshly and cause dispute;
At (all) times I should remain like a piece of wood.”

~ Shantideva [source: A guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life]

SUNDAY, June 13, 2021

No registration required. The meeting link is –

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

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

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8:30 pm  CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm  EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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


Image Shatideva on Wikipedia

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 10-06-2021

Photo of long deserted prison corridor.

The forgiveness process, properly understood and used, can free those bound by anger and resentment. It does not require accepting injustice or remaining in an abusive situation. It opens the door to reconciliation, but it does not require trusting someone who has proven untrustworthy. Even if the offender remains unrepentant, you can forgive and restore a sense of peace and well-being to your life. The choice is yours.

~ Robert D. Enright [source: Forgiveness Is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope]

THURSDAY, June 10, 2021

No registration 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:

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8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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


Image – ‘Cellular Jail Museum’ – Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India – October 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 07-06-2021

Ornate Buddha Image

Right view is twofold:
Right view with intoxicating inclinations, subject to the ripening karma of attachment; and right view without intoxicating inclinations, that is characterised by wisdom, investigative awakening, and endowed with the noble path.

~ Buddha [source: Adapted from a translation of the Mahacattarisaka Sutta translated by Peter Harvey]

No registration required. The meeting link is –

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…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…

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8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image Source – free image from https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7850/40507204483_71c687c6ac_c.jpg

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-06-2021

Standing post with the painted words "May Peace Be In Our Hearts".

Normally, as a negative mood arises, it catches hold and infects the whole mind – we become that mood… But when there is a great heart, it can meet that piece of narrative without being sucked into it. And from there is a skilful response…

~ Ajahn Sucitto [source: Kamma And The End of Kamma (1st Edition)]

SUNDAY, June 06, 2021

No registration 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:

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12:30 pm  MDT (eg Denver)
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2:30 pm  EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:30 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:30 pm  CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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


Image – ‘May Peace Be In Our Hearts’ – at Being Human – A Hungry Ghost Retreat at Margaret Austin Center – Texas – USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 03-06-2021

Calligraphy by Thich-Nhat-Hanh that says This is it"

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh [source: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation]

THURSDAY, June 03, 2021

No registration 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:

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12:30 pm MDT (eg Denver)
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2:30 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:30 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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


Image This-Is-It-Thich-Nhat-Hanh-Calligraphy-768×541

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 31-05-2021

Yoda - Jedi from Start Wars

“Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.”

~ Yoda [source: The Phantom Menace, 1999]
MONDAY, May 31, 2021

No registration 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…

11:30 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:30 pm MDT (eg Denver)
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7:30 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:30 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image Source – https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Yoda?file=Yoda_SWSB.png

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-05-2021

Bowl of food, with spoon and cup of tea

“To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.” 

~ Shunryu Suzuki from his book ‘Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice’

SUNDAY, May 30, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am  PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:30 pm  MDT (eg Denver)
1:30 pm  CDT (eg Chicago)
2:30 pm  EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:30 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:30 pm  CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:30 pm  EAT (eg Kenya)

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

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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


Image: ‘Supper at Kunphen’ – Hungry Ghost Addiction Recovery Retreat at Kunphen Recovery Center, Thehr, Himachal Pradesh, India – October 2018