Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 24-02-2022

Eight spokes making Wheel of Dharma
Eight spokes making Wheel of Dharma

One should not speak carelessly: speech should be at the right time and place. If one cannot say something useful, one should keep “noble silence.”

~ Walpola Sri Rahula [source: “The Noble Eightfold Path” – Buddhism For Beginners – Tricycle Buddhist Review]

THURSDAY, February 24, 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 Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-01-2022

Image – ‘I have suffered enough’ - Prayer flags at the end of ‘From Hungry Ghost to Being Human’ retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2017
Image – ‘I have suffered enough’ - Prayer flags at the end of ‘From Hungry Ghost to Being Human’ retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2017

Dharma practice is not an escape: it’s an intimate meeting with the discomfort and suffering of the first noble truth. Life contains suffering.

~ Sarah Conover [source: Lost at Sea – Tricycle Buddhist Review (Summer 2019)]

SUNDAY, January 30, 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 Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘I have suffered enough’ – Prayer flags at the end of ‘From Hungry Ghost to Being Human’ retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand – April 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 24-01-2022

Image – ‘Courageous Compassion Prayer Flag’ - Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - August 2016
Image – ‘Courageous Compassion Prayer Flag’ - Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - August 2016

Most of us have dreams and aspirations that we would like to realize in this lifetime. We also have smaller, short-term goals. Self-compassion motivates like a good coach, with kindness, support, and understanding, not harsh criticism. 

~ Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer [source: The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook]

MONDAY, January 24, 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 Filly, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Courageous Compassion Prayer Flag’Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand – August 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 23-01-2022

Image – ‘Digging’ - Luang Prabang, Laos - August 2017
Image – ‘Digging’ - Luang Prabang, Laos - August 2017

One who kills beings, lies, steals, goes to another man’s wife, and drinks intoxicants—such a man digs up his own grave here in this world.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada (Verses 246-247)]

SUNDAY, January 23, 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:

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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.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Digging’ – Luang Prabang, Laos – August 2017

Vitual Sit-and-Share Topic 20-01-2022

Skeleton meditating
Skeleton meditating

For those who spend their lives learning to relax with groundlessness, death is liberating. Death is the ultimate unknown that we are forever avoiding; it’s the ultimate groundlessness that we try to escape. But if we learn to relax with uncertainty and insecurity, then death is a support for joy.

~ Pema Chodron [source: Becoming Bodhisattvas ]

THURSDAY, January 20, 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 Vince, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 17-01-2022

Bust of Epictetus
Bust of Epictetus

If someone in the street were entrusted with your body you would be furious.  Yet you entrust your mind to anyone around who happens to insult you and allow it to be troubled and confused.  Aren`t you ashamed of that?

~ Epictetus [source: Encheiridion – Verse 28 ]

MONDAY, January 17, 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 Patrick, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 16-01-2022

King Asoka visits Ramagrama, South Gate, Stupa no. 1, Sanchi, photograph by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
Carved Rock Edict of Ashoka the Great

The faiths of others all deserve to be honoured for one reason or another. By honouring them, one exalts one’s own faith and at the same time performs a service to the faith of others.

~ Ashoka the Great [source: Rock Edict XII]

SUNDAY, January 16, 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 Robert, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Page Image – By Photo Dharma from Sadao, Thailand – 013 King Asoka visits Ramagrama, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58407942

Slide Image – By Sachin kumar tiwary – This file has been extracted from another file, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70710778 

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-01-2022

Book Cover - Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
Book Cover - Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

I found out that it’s necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no colour… something which exists before any form and colours appear. This is very important point. No matter what god or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centred idea.

~ Shunryu Suzuki [source: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind]

THURSDAY, January 13, 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 Andrew, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 10-01-2022

Image – ‘This is the first step on the path’ - Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet - November 2008
Image – ‘This is the first step on the path’ - Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet - November 2008

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

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

MONDAY, January 10, 2022

No registration is 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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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Filly, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘This is the first step on the path’ – Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet – November 2008

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 09-01-2022

Image – ‘Thai Whiskey’ - White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2018
Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-10-01-2022

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.

~ Albus Dumbledore (fictional character) [source: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K . Rowling]

SUNDAY, January 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 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  CET/ (eg France)
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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.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Thai Whiskey’ – White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand – April 2018