Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 06-09-2021

Book cover of "Rude Awakenings" by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott
Book cover of "Rude Awakenings" by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott

When you go to practise in the place of the Buddha, you must not find fault with anyone; if you find fault, it is because you have not made peace with the world. If you have not made peace with the world, it is because you have not made peace in your heart.

~ Master Hua, a Chinese Buddhist master as quoted by Ajahn Sucitto [source: “Rude Awakenings” by Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott]

MONDAY, September 06, 2021

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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 Paul, who will also 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.


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

Two hands reaching out to touch each other.
Two hands reaching out to touch each other.

Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it’s the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.

~ Shannon L. Alder

SUNDAY, September 05, 2021

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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 Jacob, 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.

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Photo by Matteo Raw on Unsplash

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 02-09-2021

Ajahn Chah and monks on alms round
Ajahn Chah and monks on alms round

There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and in doing so become free.

~ Ajahn Chah [source: Jack Kornfield’s book – The Wise Heart]

THURSDAY, September 02, 2021

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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.

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.

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Image – Ajahn Chah and Sangha on Bindabat (Thai Buddhist Alms Round) – taken from https://buddho.org/venerable-empty-scripture/ 

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-08-2021

Black and White photo of Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899)
Black and White photo of Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899)

I am a believer in what I call ‘intellectual hospitality.’ A man comes to your door. If you are a gentleman and he appears to be a good man, you receive him with a smile. You ask after his health. You say: “Take a chair; are you thirsty, are you hungry, will you not break bread with me?” That is what a hospitable, good man does — he does not set the dog on him. Now, how should we treat a new thought? I say that the brain should be hospitable and say to the new thought: “Come in; sit down; I want to cross-examine you; I want to find whether you are good or bad; if good, stay; if bad, I don’t want to hurt you — probably you think you are all right, — but your room is better than your company, and I will take another idea in your place.

~ Robert G Ingersoll [source: Trial of C. B. Reynolds For Blasphemy, 1887]

MONDAY, August 30, 2021

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…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.

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 Robert G. Ingersoll. Library of Congress description: “Ingersoll, Robert (The Infidel)”.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-08-2021

one-breath-at-a-time-kevin-griffin-book-cover
one-breath-at-a-time-kevin-griffin-book-cover

One of the Middle Way teachings of the Buddha point to the need for balance between faith and wisdom, between open-heartedness and discrimination. If we are to develop our spiritual life, we need to have both of these.

~ Kevin Griffin [source: One Breath At A Time – Buddhism & the 12 Steps]

THURSDAY, August 26, 2021

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 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.

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Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 23-08-2021

Hand Drawn Heart on Prayer Flag
Hand Drawn Heart on Prayer Flag

If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.

~ C. JoyBell C.

MONDAY, August 23, 2021

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

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Image – ‘May I Always Act From the Heart’Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat on behalf of Freely Given Retreats at the High Heathercombe Centre, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, UK – May 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 22-08-2021

Mahatma Gandhi spinning yarn on a charkha. Location unknown.
Mahatma Gandhi spinning yarn on a charkha (Location unknown)

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.

~ Mahatma Gandhi [source: Falser Words Were Never Spoken]

SUNDAY, August 22, 2021

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jacob, 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.

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Image – Mahatma Gandhi spinning yarn on a charkha.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 19-08-2021

Buddha Statue sitting beside lilly pond
Buddha Statue sitting beside lilly pond

Live in joy,
In love,
Even among those who hate.

~ Buddha [source: from the Dhammapada, translated by Thomas Byron]

THURSDAY, August 19, 2021

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 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 – ‘Subterranean Buddha’Wat Thamkrabok, Phra Putthabat, Saraburi, Thailand – February 2003

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 16-08-2021

Exteria photo of Waiting Room at Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Station, San Diego
Exteria photo of Waiting Room at Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Station, San Diego

The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it.

~ Gail Godwin [American Novelist]

MONDAY, August 16, 2021

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 Jessica, who will also 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.

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Image – ‘Waiting Room’ – Santa Fe Depot, San Diego, California, USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-08-2021

There is no fire like lust,
no obstruction like hatred,
no trap like delusion,
and no vortex like craving.

~ Buddha [source: Verse 251 from A Dhammapada for Contemplation, translated by Ajahn Munindo]

SUNDAY, August 15, 2021

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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 Noreen, 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 – ‘Cover’ from the free book : A Dhammapada for Contemplation