Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-12-2022

With all its many risks, this life endures
No more than windblown bubbles in a stream.
How marvelous to breathe in and out again,
To fall asleep and then awake refreshed.

~ Nagarjuna [source: Nagarjuna’s Letter To A Friend: With Commentary By Kangyur Rinpoche]

MONDAY, December 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
11:45 am PST (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MST (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CST (eg Chicago)
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7:45 pm GMT (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 Shaku, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-12-2022

Rāhula, you should now cultivate a mind of kindness, and all anger will come to an end.
Rāhula, you should now cultivate a mind of compassion, and all cruelty will come to an end.
Rāhula, you should now cultivate a mind of contentment, and all jealousy will come to an end.
Rāhula, you should now cultivate a mind of equality, and all pride will come to an end.

~ Buddha [source: The Buddhas advice to his son Rāhula on Breathing with Mindfulness (Ekottarikāgama 17.1: Ānāpānasmṛti)]

SUNDAY, December 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:

7:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
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)
7:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
8:45 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 (1) – ‘Welcome to Monk Chat’ – ວັດຈອມເຂົາມະນີຣັຕນ໌ Wat Jomkhao Manylath – Huay Xai, Laos – February 2016
Image (2) – Educating Rahula’ – YouTube Video


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-12-2022

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

~ Maya Angelou [source: Maya Angelou: In her own words]

THURSDAY, December 15, 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
11:45 am PST (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MST (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CST (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EST (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm GMT (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 be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 11-12-2022

The reason we’re often not there for others….. is that we’re not there for ourselves.
There are whole parts of ourselves that are so unwanted that whenever they begin to come up we run away.

~ Pema Chödrön [source: Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living]

SUNDAY, December 11, 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:

7:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
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)
7:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
8:45 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.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-12-2022

Let go of that which is in front,
let go of that which has already gone,
and let go of in-between.
With a heart that takes hold nowhere
you arrive at the place beyond all suffering.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada – Craving – Verse 348]

THURSDAY, December 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
11:45 am PST (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MST (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CST (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EST (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm GMT (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 John, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Roundabout’Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London, England – February 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 05-12-2022

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.

~ Alan Wilson Watts [source: The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety]

MONDAY, December 05, 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
11:45 am PST (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MST (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CST (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EST (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm GMT (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 be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Images – Courtesy of Alan Watts Organisation

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 04-12-2022

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh [source: How to Connect]

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

7:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
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)
7:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
8:45 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.

Images – ‘How to Connect – book cover.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 01-12-2022

Fear is the path to the dark side …
fear leads to anger …
anger leads to hate …
hate leads to suffering.

~ Yoda [source: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace]

THURSDAY, December 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
11:45 am PST (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MST (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CST (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EST (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm GMT (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 Gary, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image 1 Hindi Film Poster
Image 2 – The Yoda Fountain, San Francisco, California, USA

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 28-11-2022

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver [source: The Summer Day]

MONDAY, November 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
11:45 am PST (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MST (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CST (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EST (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm GMT (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 be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Wonder’ – Victoria Park, London, England – September 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 27-11-2022

Grief can be the garden of compassion,
If you keep your heart open through everything,
Your pain can become your greatest ally
In your life’s search for love and wisdom.

~ Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī [source: Attributed]

SUNDAY, November 27, 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:

7:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
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)
7:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
8:45 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 – ‘Medina’ – Marrakech, Morocco – November 2022