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:

11:45 am  PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm  MT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm  CT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm  ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm  CET/ (eg France)
9:45 pm  CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm  EAT (eg 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.

All welcome.


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

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-01-2022

Image – Album cover - “Laughing Buddha” a collection of songs with Buddhist themes and World Beat rhythms by Kevin Griffin
Image – Album cover - “Laughing Buddha” a collection of songs with Buddhist themes and World Beat rhythms by Kevin Griffin

Many of us have complicated, and often negative, feelings about ourselves. . . . When we can see ourselves as just another imperfect human, equally deserving of love as anyone else, it becomes easier to offer love to ourselves.

~ Kevin Griffin [source: May All Beings Be Happy – A lovingkindness meditation – Tricycle Buddhist Review (March 2021)]

THURSDAY, January 06, 2022

No registration is 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:

11:45 am PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm GMT (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CET (eg France)
9:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm EAT (eg 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.

All welcome.


Image Album cover – Laughing Buddha” a collection of songs with Buddhist themes and World Beat rhythms by Kevin Griffin

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 03-01-2022

Image – ‘The Roulette Wheel In My Head’ - Waking Up To This Life 1-day retreat in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England - July 2019
Image – ‘The Roulette Wheel In My Head’ - Waking Up To This Life 1-day retreat in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England - July 2019

“…mindfulness has never met a cognition it didn’t like.”

~ Daniel J. Siegel [source: The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being]

MONDAY, January 03, 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…

12:45 pm PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
1:45 pm MT (eg Denver)
2:45 pm CT (eg Chicago)
3:45 pm ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CET (eg France)
9:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

All welcome.


Image – ‘The Roulette Wheel In My Head’Waking Up To This Life 1-day retreat in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England – July 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 02-01-2022

Image – ‘Guardian Spirit’ - Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia - August 2016
Image – ‘Guardian Spirit’ - Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia - August 2016

The objects whose pursuit or avoidance disturbs your peace do not come to you, but in a measure you go to them. Let your judgement at all events about them be untroubled and they will remain unmoved, and you will be seen neither to pursue nor to avoid them.

~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
(121–180) [source: The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Antoninus]

SUNDAY, January 02, 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:

11:45 am  PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm  MT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm  CT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm  ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm  CET/ (eg France)
9:45 pm  CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm  EAT (eg 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.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Guardian Spirit’ – Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia – August 2016

The Buddha’s RAFT

Fragile looking raft made of bamboo at the edge of river.

An alternative perspective on the ‘Four Noble Truths’

Fragile looking raft made of bamboo at the edge of river.

You probably know the lovely simile that the Buddha used about someone needing to cross a large expanse of dangerous water because the current shore is dubious and risky, but the further shore is secure and free from risk. He says that you would gather together whatever was needed to make a raft that would keep you safe and direct you across the water… but once you get to the security of the far shore you can leave the raft behind and continue your journey. You don’t have to drag the raft around for the rest of your life!

In the Buddha’s first talk – after he awakened to life as it really is – he shared 4 important realisations…

He proposed that the basic-pattern-of-things (Dhamma/Dharma) means that life is inherently, unavoidably and naturally painful, difficult and disappointing and suggested that we investigate and fully understand how this pain manifests and what it actually means to each and every one of us.

This was his first realisation… this was his first teaching!

He goes on to point out that much of the pain of life comes as a result of our human inclinations, our compulsions, and our preferences and aversions, which he says, can be overcome and abandoned.

He then says that it is possible for anyone to personally experience… and to personally verify the absence of these compulsions…

I would say that anyone ‘in recovery’ has shared this experience but we forget (which is the opposite of mindfulness) to remember just how much we have achieved in recovery. We forget to acknowledge and appreciate that in a Buddhist sense we have found freedom from craving, freedom from aversion and freedom from confusion.

….and lastly, the Buddha suggests that we actively engage in a programme that supports the abandonment of harmful compulsions and minimises unnecessary and avoidable pain.

Mindful Awareness Responds Appropriately

I like to describe ‘mindfulness’ as M.A.R.A.

Mindful
Awareness
Responds
Appropriately

So, the appropriate response to this basic-patterns-of-things might look like…

– Recognise (realise) what it is to be human.
– Abandon painful compulsions and addictions.
– Familiarise yourself with what it feels like to be free from compulsions [craving, aversion and confusion]
– Train (teach and transform) your body and mind to live a good life.

Vince Cullen – 1st January 2022

The Heart of Forgiveness

The subject of recognising and embracing what it is to be human will be explored in the forthcoming Heart of Forgiveness interactive workshops:


For a more traditional rendering of the Buddha’s first talk see https://www.accesstoinsight.org/…/sn56/sn56.011.harv.html


Mindful Awareness Responds Appropriately

For printable M.A.R.A. poster see
https://5th-precept.org/MARA-A3-Size(July2017).pdf

New Year Eve – Intention Setting – 2021

SACCA-KIRIYĀ INTENTION SETTING

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

SACCA-KIRIYĀ INTENTION SETTING

“By this truth may there be happiness”

~ Buddha


Important Note: Sacca (Pali) is the same as Sajja (Thai) both meaning ‘truth‘ and both pronounced ‘sat-cha‘.


This event is jointly offered by the Buddhist Recovery Network and the Fifth Precept Sangha.

Zoom link is at bottom of this page…


9:00 am (Pacific) / 5:00 pm (Ireland/UK)
30-Minute Guided Serenity Breath Meditation

9:30 am (Pacific) / 5:30 pm (Ireland/UK)
Dhamma Talk: ‘Acts of Truth’
Vince Cullen

10:00 am (Pacific) / 6:00 pm (Ireland/UK)
Sacca-kiriyā Intention Setting in Three Parts

Those individuals who wish to participate, unmute and repeat each line after the leader:

“I ask for forgiveness from others for whatever harmful things I have done: the mistakes, the failures and the wrong-doings that I have intentionally or unintentionally done with body, word and heart.”

“I ask for and extend forgiveness to myself for whatever harmful things I have done to myself: the mistakes, the failures and the wrong-doings that I have intentionally or unintentionally done with body, word and heart.”

“As far as I am ready and able; I forgive others for whatever harmful things they have done: the mistakes, the failures and the wrong-doings committed intentionally or unintentionally with body, word and heart.”

Optional and voluntary, open opportunity for individuals to unmute and share their own Sacca-kiriya intentions. Each individual reads aloud:

“In this place of mindfulness, with the natural Elements and those present as my witnesses, I knowingly and openly commit to the following Sacca:”

[insert your ‘Sacca-kiriya’ here… for example, but not limited to…]

“I will not take alcohol or other drugs that lead to carelessness for…”

[ the rest of my life ] [ one year ] [ one week ] [ one day ]

“I will practice these Sacca(s) one breath at a time; one step at a time; one day at a time.”

  • Part Three: Dedication of Merit for Sacca-kiriyā

Those individuals who have participated, unmute and repeat each line after the leader: 

“May the merit and benefits from the fulfilment of these Sacca(s) relieve the suffering of any beings currently experiencing Hell realm mind-states and conditions; and may the merit and benefits be shared around the whole Universe.

In the realm of the Human beings; may the merit and benefits from the fulfilment of this Sacca be shared with my family, with my benefactors and with my friends; and may it relieve the suffering of all the people that I have ever hurt or harmed.

  • May I and all beings – be free from the pain and sorrow of cravings.
  • May I and all beings – be filled with loving-kindness.
  • May I and all beings – be safe from inner and outer dangers.
  • May I and all beings – be well in body and mind.
  • May I and all beings – be peaceful and live with ease in the world.
  • May I and all beings – be happy and free from all distress.”

10:30 am (Pacific) / 6:30 pm (Ireland/UK) or before…
20-minute Wise Heartedness Meditation

  • May I have stillness… in the midst of chaos.
  • May I be at ease… in the midst of discomfort.
  • May I be safe & well… in the midst of uncertainty.
  • May I live with kindness… in the midst of all that is difficult.
  • May I find joy… in the midst of the ordinary and the mundane.

10:50 am (Pacific) / 6:50 pm (Ireland/UK) or before…
Closing Dedication of Merit

Those individuals who wish to participate, unmute and repeat each line after the leader: 

  • We dedicate the merits of this practice to all suffering beings.
  • May everyone be free of suffering, and the causes of suffering.
  • May everyone enjoy happiness, and the causes of happiness.
  • Keep sitting, and keep smiling!

11:00 am (Pacific) / 7:00 pm (Ireland/UK) or before… Meeting closes.

Vince has given many talks on Sajja/Sacca-kiriya as an embodied practice, an example being: Sajja – A Practice for Transformation

More details about ‘Sajja’ and ‘Sacca-kiriya’ can be found in the free booklet ‘From Hungry Ghost to Being Human’ on pages 14-16, 36 & 37.

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81623715892?pwd=U0Jwc3hFUE5FN1IrblZPSDN1RXBXZz09


Image by Vince Cullen – ‘Prayer Flags’ – Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India – June 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-12-2021

Image – ‘On Giving’ – White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2018
Image – ‘On Giving’ – White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand - April 2018

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

~ Kahlil Gibran [source: On Giving]

THURSDAY, December 30, 2021

No registration is 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:

11:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

All welcome.


Image – ‘On Giving’ – White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand – April 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 27-12-2021

Exposed brain
Exposed brain

Examine the nature of unborn awareness.

~ Atisha [source: Fifty-Nine Slogans of Lojong Mind Training]

~ Working with the Slogans of Atisha – A practical guide to leading a compassionate life by Judith L. Lief

MONDAY, December 27, 2021

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…

12:45 pm PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
1:45 pm MT (eg Denver)
2:45 pm CT (eg Chicago)
3:45 pm ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CET (eg France)
9:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-12-2021

Image – ‘Portrait of Ajahn Chah at Portland Friends of the Dhamma’ - Portland, Oregon, USA - June 2018
Image – ‘Portrait of Ajahn Chah at Portland Friends of the Dhamma’ - Portland, Oregon, USA - June 2018

Only one book is worth reading: the heart.

~ Ajahn Chah

SUNDAY, December 26, 2021

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:

11:45 am  PT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm  MT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm  CT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm  ET (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm  BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm  CET/ (eg France)
9:45 pm  CAT (eg Botswana)
10:45 pm  EAT (eg 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.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Portrait of Ajahn Chah at Portland Friends of the Dhamma – Portland, Oregon, USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 23-12-2021

Image – ‘Moving On 2016’ - Craggagh, Fanore, County Clare - July 2016
Image – ‘Moving On 2016’ - Craggagh, Fanore, County Clare - July 2016

In moments of upheaval and uncertainty, there’s clarity, knowledge, and perspective to be gained, but we have to live into those possibilities.

~ Suleika Jaouad [source: The Myth of Moving On (interview in Tricycle Magazine – Winter 2021)]

THURSDAY, December 23, 2021

No registration is 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:

11:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
12:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
1:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
2:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
7:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
8:45 pm CEST/CAT (eg France/Botswana)
9:45 pm EAT (eg 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.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Moving On 2016’ – Craggagh, Fanore, County Clare – July 2016