Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-08-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-06-08-2020

HAPPINESS (SUKHA) / IMPERMANENCE (ANICCA) / STRESS (DUKKHA)

“Happiness is impermanent, like everything else.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ‘No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

THURSDAY, AUGUST 06, 2020

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 03-08-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-03-08-2020

INVESTIGATION (DHAMMA VICAYA) / MINDFULNESS (SATI) / TRUTH (SACCA)

“Memorizing the teachings is most helpful for examining the meaning.
If one does not memorize the teachings, one will not examine its meaning; but because one memorizes a teaching, one examines its meaning.”

Buddha – MN 95 Canki Sutt: II 168-77

MONDAY, AUGUST 03, 2020

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Kenny, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

All welcome.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-30-07-2020

DELUSION (AVIJJA) / INSIGHT (VIPASSANA) / SATI (MINDFULNESS)

All mental and emotional patterns eventually fall apart and dissolve in the light of awareness.

~ Hanuman Goleman, “Checking My Inner World

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

All welcome.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 27-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-27-07-2020

CITTA (HEART-MIND) / KAMMA (INTENTIONALITY) / SATI (MINDFULNESS)

Mind precedes all mental states.
Mind is their chief;
they are all mind-wrought.
If with a pure mind a
person speaks or acts
happiness follows him
like his never-departing shadow.

~ Source: Access to Insight “Dhammapada: Yamakavagga: Pairs” (Dhp I), translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Alternatively,

Phenomena are
preceded by the heart,
ruled by the heart,
made of the heart.
If you speak or act
with a calm, bright heart,
then happiness follows you,
like a shadow
that never leaves.

~ Source: Dhamma Talks Org “Dhammapada: Yamakavagga: Pairs” (Dhp I), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

All welcome.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 23-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-23-07-2020

SILA (ETHICS) / SAMMA VACA (WISE SPEECH)

“Harsh speech will disturb others’ minds and cause the practice of those who wish to be bodhisattvas to decline. So to abandon harsh speech, which is disagreeable to others – this is the practice of the bodhisattva.”

~ Source: #34 – The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattva by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo (commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama)

Alternatively,

“The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to avoid harsh words,
Which others might find unpleasant or distasteful,
Since abusive language upsets the minds of others,
And thereby undermines a bodhisattva’s conduct.”

~ Source: #34 – The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

All welcome.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 20-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-20-07-2020

VIRIYA (ENERGY) / KHANTI (PATIENCE) / ADHITTHANA (DETERMINATION)

“Perseverance furthers”

~ Source: I Ching (The Book of Changes) : Translated by Richard Wilhelm

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Eileen, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

All welcome.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 16-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-16-07-2020

DUKKHA (DISTRESS) / TANHA (CRAVING) / UPEKKHA (PERSPECTIVE)

“If you feel anxious or unhappy, you know you can wait for this to pass – you do not need to fix the anxiety or the unhappiness immediately by taking drugs or alcohol. When some situation does not go the way you want it to go, you do not feel powerless or aggressive and turn to intoxicants, but you look at what you can learn from this or how you could understand it in a different way”

~ Source: “Let Go : A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits” : Martine Batchelor  

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). 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 shortly after 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-13-07-2020

CITTA (MIND)

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is part of thought.”

~ John Hughlings Jackson, FRS (4 April 1835 – 7 October 1911) English neurologist best known for his research on epilepsy.

MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Colin, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 09-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-09-07-2020

DUKKHA (STRESS) / TANHA (CRAVING) / MUDITA (GRATITUDE)

“Knowing how an instrument works is tremendously empowering; we can use it to its fullest extent. With our own suffering, instead of shrinking away from it or beating ourselves up for having gotten caught up in yet another habit loop, we can pull out our compass and ask ourselves, “Where am I headed with this?” We can even bow to our habit in a gesture of gratitude because in fact, in this moment, it is acting as a teacher, helping us learn about ourselves and our habitual reactivity so that we can grow from the experience.”

~ Judson Brewer ‘The Craving Mind’

THURSDAY, JULY 09, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Filly, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-07-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-06-07-2020

FEAR / AVERSION / EQUANIMITY

“We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what comes towards us out of the future. We must acquire serenity in all feelings and sensibilities concerning the future. We must look forward with absolute equanimity to all that may come, and we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world direction full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely, to live out of pure trust, without any security in existence; trust in the ever present help of the spiritual world, Truly nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us. Let us discipline our will, and let us seek the awakening from within ourselves, every morning and every evening.”

~ Rudolf Steiner

MONDAY, JULY 06, 2020

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). 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 and close at or shortly after 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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