Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 20-05-2021

Painting of Atisha with 84 Mahasiddha

The Four Reminders or the Four Thoughts: Preliminaries of Lojong Practice.

(1) Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life.
(2) Be aware of the reality that life ends; death comes for everyone; Impermanence.
(3) Recall that whatever you do, whether virtuous or not, has a result; Karma.
(4) Contemplate that as long as you are too focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will experience suffering. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness; Ego.

~ Atiśa from A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment

THURSDAY, May 20, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

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.

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 –Atisha with 84 Mahasiddha, via Wikimedia.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-05-2021

Sign at side of road "Danger Deep Excavation" above another sign "Slow Please Funeral"

“When we’re able to move beyond the fear of death, we’re greatly served in our efforts to know happiness in life.”

~ Peter Doobinin from an article in Tricycle Buddhist Review Sutta Study: Fearless 

THURSDAY, May 13, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 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 – ‘Deep Excavation at Nalagiri House– Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – January 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 10-05-2021

Man's hand with wristwatch lighting incense

“Put a thief among honest men and they will eventually relieve him of his watch.”

~ Flann O’Brien from his book At Swim-Two-Birds: A Novel

MONDAY, May 10, 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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (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.

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.


Image – ‘Taking Sajja at Hungry Ghost RetreatMargaret Austin Center, Texas, USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 09-05-2021

'Danger' warning sign outside construction site

“There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”

~  William S. Burroughs letter to Jack Kerouac from the book The Letters of William S. Burroughs Volume I: 1945-1959

SUNDAY, May 09, 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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 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: ‘Sign of Danger’ Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – March 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-05-2021

'Laughing Buddha' statue sitting on bar stool.

“To recognize suffering is the beginning of healing.”

~ Dr. Bokin Kim (Won Institute) – Material and Spiritual Balance (Tricycle Buddhist Review)

THURSDAY, May 06, 2021

No registration required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699https://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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 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 – ‘Buddha on a Bar Stool’ – Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – December 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 03-05-2021

Newspaper Headline "Hurry! Last Day to Shop"

“The ideology of insufficiency is a personal and collective belief that generates much of the unhappiness, agitation and depression that can govern our lives and hearts.”

~ Christina Feldman from her book, Boundless Heart: The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

MONDAY, May 03, 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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

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


Image – ‘Last Day To Shop’ – Chennai International Airport, India – October 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 02-05-2021

Tree scape with mountains receding into the background at Yosemite National Park, California, USA

“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”

~ Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) in the collection The Portable Jack Kerouac By Jack Kerouac

SUNDAY, May 02, 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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 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: ‘Mountains will crumble’ Yosemite National Park, California, USA – October 2009

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 29-04-2021

Rickety bamboo raft in muddy water.

“But the first thing to do is to not react — to not rage, despair or mentally proliferate. Our first effort is to draw a line around the suffering, take a step back and know ‘that’s that.’”

~ Ajahn Sucitto from his book Parami, Ways to Cross Life’s Floods (PDF)

THURSDAY, April 29, 2021

No registration required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699https://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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (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.

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 – ‘Crossing the Flood at Hungry Ghost Retreat’, New Life Foundation, Don Sila, Wiang Chai , Chiang Rai, Thailand, 57210 – March 2013

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-04-2021

Prayer Flag with handwritten words... "Deep Gratitude"

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.”

~Attributed to Kahlil Gibran

MONDAY, April 26, 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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Beth, 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.


Image – ‘Deep Gratitude at Hungry Ghost RetreatHigh Heathercombe Centre, Manaton, Newton Abbot, England- July 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-04-2021

Image: ‘Mangrove Tree Roots’ - Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India - October 2018

“If its roots remain undamaged & strong, a tree, even if cut, will grow back. So too if latent craving is not rooted out, this suffering returns again & again.”

~ Buddha (Dhammapada verse 338 translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu)

SUNDAY, April 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 (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 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: ‘Mangrove Tree Roots’ – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India – October 2018