Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 22-08-2022

‘Meditation Centre’ - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - October 2019
‘Quayside Buddha’ - Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam - May 2022

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.

~ Sharon Salzberg [source: Real Happiness: the Power of Meditation]

MONDAY, August 22, 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:

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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 (1) – ‘Meditation Centre’ – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – October 2019
Image (2) – ‘Quayside Buddha’ – Da Nang, Hải Châu, Da Nang, Vietnam – May 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 21-08-2022

Images – Tushita Meditation Centre - Mcleod Ganj, HP, India - October 2019
Images – Tushita Meditation Centre - Mcleod Ganj, HP, India - October 2019

One of the most life-changing realizations you can have is “I don’t have to believe my thoughts…they are just thoughts!” Any story you have about yourself is not the same as the unfolding reality of what you are: the ongoing life of your senses, the tenderness of your heart, the consciousness that right now is seeing or hearing these words.

~ Tara Brach [source: A True Taste of Peace – Tricycle Buddhist Magazine – Spring 2020]

SUNDAY, August 21, 2022

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

Please Note New Start Times for Sunday Meetings

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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.


Images – Tushita Meditation Centre – Mcleod Ganj, HP, India – October 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 14-08-2022

Images – ‘Tsunami Warning Sign’ - Santa Barbara, California, United States - October 2017
Images – ‘Tsunami Warning Sign’ - Santa Barbara, California, United States - October 2017

If we are willing to give up hope that insecurity and pain can be exterminated, then we can have the courage to relax with the groundlessness of our situation. This is the first step on the path.

~ Pema Chödrön [source: When Things Fall Apart – Heart Advice for Difficult Times]

SUNDAY, August 14, 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:

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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.


Images – ‘Tsunami Warning Sign’ – Santa Barbara, California, United States – October 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 11-08-2022

Images – ‘Danger Signs’ - Terryglass Harbour, Lough Derg, County Tipperary, Ireland - February 2020
Images – ‘Danger Signs’ - Terryglass Harbour, Lough Derg, County Tipperary, Ireland - February 2020

We all live our lives dangerously, in a state of jeopardy; at the edge of calamity. You have discovered that the veil that separates your ordered life from disarray is wafer thin. This is the ordinary truth of existence, from which none of us are exempt. In time we all find out we are not in control. We never were; we never will be.

~ Nick Cave [source: This Much I Know To Be True (Official Trailer – YouTube)]

THURSDAY, August 11, 2022

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

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

All welcome.


Images – ‘Danger Signs’ – Terryglass Harbour, Lough Derg, County Tipperary, Ireland – February 2020

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-08-2022

Images – ‘Follow the Path’ - Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA - March 2009
Images – ‘Follow the Path’ - Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA - March 2009

When things fall apart and we’re on the verge of we know not what, the test of each of us is to stay on that brink and not concretize. The spiritual journey is not about heaven and finally getting to a place that’s really swell.

~ Pema Chödrön [source: When Things Fall Apart – Heart Advice for Difficult Times]

MONDAY, August 08, 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:

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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.


Images – ‘Follow the Path’ – Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA – March 2009

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 07-08-2022

Images – ‘The Great Way…’ - Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - March 2020
Images – ‘The Great Way…’ - Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - March 2020

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.

~ Xinxin Ming [source: Verses on the Faith Mind]

SUNDAY, August 07, 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:

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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.


Images – ‘The Great Way…’Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland – March 2020

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 04-08-2022

Images – ‘Mount Fansipan’ - Hoang Lien National Park, Sa Pa, Vietnam - May 2022
Images – ‘Mount Fansipan’ - Hoang Lien National Park, Sa Pa, Vietnam - May 2022

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

~ Pema Chödrön [source: When Things Fall Apart – Heart Advice for Difficult Times]

THURSDAY, August 04, 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…

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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.


Images – ‘Mount Fansipan’ – Hoang Lien National Park, Sa Pa, Vietnam – May 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 01-08-2022

Hands holding globe painting

To become a different kind of person is to experience the world in a different way. When your mind changes, the world changes. And when you respond differently to the world, the world usually responds differently to you.

~ David Loy [source: The Dharma of the Rings: A Zen teacher’s Buddhist take on The Lord of the Rings – Tricycle Magazine December 2021]

MONDAY, August 01, 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:

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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 – ‘A world of Art’Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Thailand – February 2004

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 31-07-2022

If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.

~ Atiśa Dīpankara Śrījñāna [source: Chekawa Yeshe Dorje‘s 59 Lojong Slogans as quoted by Atiśa (982–1054 CE) in his book Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment (Bodhipathapradīpaṃ).
Modern commentary by Judy Lief – Tricycle article]

SUNDAY, July 31, 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:

Please Note New Start Times for Sunday Meetings

9:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
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6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
6:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Samba, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Cool Nirvana’Wat Thamkrabok, Phraputthabat, Sariburi, Thailand – June 2005

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 28-07-2022

The overriding theme of wise attention is one of checking out your experience in line with the Four Noble Truths: ‘Is my mind creating stress or investigating and alleviating it?’

~ Ajahn Sucitto [source: Parami: Crossing the Floods]

THURSDAY, July 28, 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…

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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 Patrick who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Crossing the Flood’ – Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai, Thailand – March 2013