Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-02-2021

Bell mounted on top of mountain

When we place our hearts upon the practice, the teachings come alive. That turning point, which transforms an abstract concept of a spiritual path into our own personal path, is faith.”

~~ Sharon Salzberg, from the Tricycle Buddhist Review – “How Important Is Faith?

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (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 – ‘Yabuli’  – Harbin, Heilongjiang, China  – March 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 22-02-2021

Buddha Statue atop high wall at Nalagiri House

Obstacles don’t block the path; they are the Path.”

~ Zeb proverb

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. 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 (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.

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


Image – ‘Buddha at Nalagiri House’ – Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – September 2020

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 21-02-2021

Painted portraits of Chinese philosophers at Confucius Temple Beijing

When a great wound is healed, there will still remain a scar.

~ Tao Te Ching #79 (attributed to Lao Tzu)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm UK/Ireland
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Chance, 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: ‘Beijing Confucius Temple’ – Beijing, China – March 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 18-02-2021

Colour coded wordless signpost.

If you do not change direction, you are most likely to end up where you are going.”

~ Chinese proverb

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (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 – ‘Signpost at Glendalough Valley’ – Wicklow, Ireland – February 2012

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-02-2021

Broken down 'Spirit House' beside small Buddha statue.

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

~ Pema Chödrön from her book ‘When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times’.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (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 (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.

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


Image – ‘When Things Fall Apart’ – Doi Hang, อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย Chiang Rai, Thailand, March 2013

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 14-02-2021

Painting of tree with roots on whitewashed wall (in Dharamsala, India)

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.

~ The Dalai Lama

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 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:

11:30 am (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm UK/Ireland
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Chance, 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: ‘Poster Wall, Bhagsu Road’ – McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala – September 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 11-02-2021

Clouds spoiling the view at Mount St. Helens

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word “happy” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Of course it is understandable that we seek happiness and avoid unlucky and disagreeable chances,… – the more you deliberately seek happiness the more sure you are not to find it. It is therefore far better to take things as they come along, with patience and equanimity.

~ Carl Jung from Collected Works Volume 12 page 452

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (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.

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 – ‘Cloudy Day at Mount St. Helens’ at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington, USA – September 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-02-2021

Sacred Tree dressed to coloured scarfs at Wat Thamkrabok Buddhist Temple

Here, Ānanda, a bhikkhu is practicing thus: ‘It might not be, and it might not be mine; it will not be, and it will not be mine. What exists, what has come to be, that I am abandoning.’ Thus he obtains equanimity. He does not delight in that equanimity, welcome it, or remain holding to it. Since he does not do so, his consciousness does not become dependent on it and does not cling to it. A bhikkhu without clinging, Ānanda, attains Nibbāna.

~ ~ MN 106 Āneñjasappāya Sutta – The Way to the Imperturbable ~ translated Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. 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 (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.

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


Image – ‘Sacred Tree at Wat Thamkrabok’ – Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand –   May 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 07-02-2021

Tibetan monk painting Prayer Wheels in Dharamsala.

“What you are is what you have been. What you will be is what you do now.”

~ Sogyal Rinpoche from his book “Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 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 (PST)
2:30 pm (EST)
7:30 pm UK/Ireland
9:30 pm (Botswana)
10:30 pm (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: ‘Painting Prayer Wheels in Dharamsala’ – September 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 04-02-2021

Collection of Buddha statues

Meditation is extremely down to earth, irritatingly down to earth. If you practice regularly and follow this discipline your experiences won’t necessarily be dramatic, but you will have a sense of discovering yourself. Through the down to earth practice of meditation we can see the colors of our own existence. The earth begins to speak to you rather than heaven sending you messages.”

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche from his book Mindfulness in Action

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 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 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Eric, 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 – ‘A Gathering of Buddhas’ at Wroughton, Swindon, England – January 2018