Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-06-2022

Image – ‘Scent & Scents’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, August 2020
Image – ‘A Seed in the Crack’ - Cham Islands, Hoi An, Vietnam - May 2022

Once you have genuinely, fully, and tenderly touched your own brokenness, place a seed in the crack. Make a wish in that fissure, and share with yourself the aimless kindness of your own presence.

~ Lama Karma [source: A Letter from My Future Self, Encouraging Me to Practice – Tricycle Buddhist Review – January 2022]

SUNDAY, June 26, 2022

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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.


Image (1) – ‘Scent & Scents’ – Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, August 2020
Image (2) – ‘A Seed in the Crack’ – Cham Islands, Hoi An, Vietnam – May 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 16-06-2022

Image – ‘Single Discarded Glove’ - Fanore Beach, County Clare, Ireland - September 2015
Image – ‘Single Discarded Glove’ - Fanore Beach, County Clare, Ireland - September 2015

This is your life and it’s ending one moment at a time.

~ Chuck Palahniuk [source: Fight Club (book and movie)]

THURSDAY, June 16, 2022

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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.

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Image – ‘Single Discarded Glove’ – Fanore Beach, County Clare, Ireland – September 2015

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-06-2022

Image – ‘Meditation Hall in the Hey’ - Wat Thamkrabok Monastery, Saraburi, Thailand - March 2013
Image - ‘Empty Chairs’ - Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at the Margret Austin Center, Texas, USA - June 2018

Where nothing is, there is everything. All efforts are for the sake of this realization only.

~ Anandamayi Ma [source: Indian Religions: A Historical Reader of Spiritual Expression and Experience edited by Peter Heehs]

MONDAY, June 13, 2022

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Shaku, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.

Image (1) – ‘Meditation Hall in the Hey’Wat Thamkrabok Monastery, Saraburi, Thailand – March 2013
Image (2) – ‘Empty Chairs’ – Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at the Margret Austin Center, Texas, USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 09-06-2022

Image – ‘Old Prayer Flags’ at Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2018
Image – ‘Old and New - Prayer Flags’ at Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2018

All that arises passes away; this is the Natural law.

~ Ajahn Chah

THURSDAY, June 09, 2022

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Andy who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

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Image – ‘Old and New – Prayer Flags’ at Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, ThailandApril 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 02-06-2022

Clock face of – ‘Clock Tower’ - Chiang Rai, Thailand - March 2016
Printed sign ‘Ensure Correct Changes’ - Hong Kong - August 2016

When we realize the everlasting truth of “everything changes” and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.

~ Master Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971) [source: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind]

THURSDAY, June 02, 2022

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Andy who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.



Image 1 – ‘Clock Tower’ – Chiang Rai, Thailand – March 2016
Image 2 – ‘Ensure Correct Changes’ – Hong Kong – August 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-05-2022

Portrait of Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
Portrait of Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

You are no more to concern yourself how the world talks of you, but how you are to talk to yourself.

~ Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) [source: On Solitude (essay)]

MONDAY, May 30, 2022

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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 29-05-2022

Image – ‘Prayer Flag’ - Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at Kunphen Center, Dharamsala, HP, India - June 2016
Image – ‘Prayer Flag’ - Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand - March 2016

If we are holding back from any part of our experience, if our heart shuts out any part of who we are and what we feel, we are fueling the fears and feelings of separation that sustain the trance of unworthiness. Radical Acceptance directly dismantles the very foundations of this trance.

~ Tara Brach [source: Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha]

SUNDAY, May 29, 2022

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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.


Image(1) – ‘Prayer Flag’Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at Kunphen Center, Dharamsala, HP, India – June 2016
Image(2) – ‘Prayer Flag’Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand – March 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-05-2022

‘Sunset on Gabriola’ - Gabriola Island, Vancouver Island, Canada - September 2019
‘Wild Atlantic Way’ - Craggagh, County Clare, Ireland - November 2015

When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything… if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.

~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971) [source: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind]

THURSDAY, May 26, 2022

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Andy who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.



Image 1 – ‘Sunset on Gabriola’ – Gabriola Island, Vancouver Island, Canada – September 2019
Image 2 – ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ – Craggagh, County Clare, Ireland – November 2015

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 23-05-2022

Image – ‘Naga Babas' (Naked Hindu Sadhus) - from an article in The New Indian Express Published: 12th January 2019
Image - ‘Jade Buddha’ - Thailand - 2015

Neither naked wandering
nor matted hair, nor mud,
fasting, lying on the ground;
neither dust nor dirt,
nor austere crouching,
can purify a person
who has not overcome doubt.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada (Chapter 10 – Verse 141)]

MONDAY, May 23, 2022

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Don, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.

Image (1) ‘Naga Babas’ (Naked Hindu Sadhus) – from an article in The New Indian Express Published: 12th January 2019
Image (2) – ‘Jade Buddha’ – Thailand – 2015

 

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 22-05-2022

‘Flags at Ten-tors Finish’ - Dartmoor, England - May 2004
Image – ‘Flags at Conforti’ - Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat - Coatsbridge, Scotland - July 2013

…the purpose of such nirvanic moments of mindfulness is to create an ethical space from which to see, think, speak, act, and work in ways that are not conditioned by reactivity.

~ Stephen Batchelor [source: A Buddhist Brexit : Tricycle Buddhist Review – Spring 2017]

SUNDAY, May 22, 2022

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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 be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image (1) – ‘Flags at Conforti’Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat – Coatbridge, Scotland – July 2013
Image (2) – ‘Flags at Ten-tors Finish’ – Dartmoor, England – May 2004