Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 31-10-2022

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. ~ Don Juan Matus (Carlos Castaneda) [source: Journey To Ixtlan]
Image – ‘Book Cover’ - Journey To Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda.

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

~ Don Juan Matus (Carlos Castaneda) [source: Journey To Ixtlan]

MONDAY, October 31, 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:

9:45 am HST (eg Honolulu, Hawaii)
12:45 pm PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
1:45 pm MDT (eg Denver)
2:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
3:45 pm EDT (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 Noel, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Book Cover’ – Journey To Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 30-10-2022

Books on table with cup of coffee
Books on table with cup of coffee

Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh [source: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation]

SUNDAY, October 30, 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 above topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

10:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
11:45 am MDT (eg Denver)
12:45 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
13:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
5:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
7:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
8:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

All welcome.

Image – ‘Study on the Move’Coast Starlight Train – Los Angeles to Seattle, USA – August 2019


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 27-10-2022

Image – ‘Wild Ponies’ - The Burren, County Clare, Ireland - January 2015
Image – ‘Wild Ponies’ - The Burren, County Clare, Ireland - January 2015

Would anyone think it normal to return a kick to a mule or a bite to a dog?

~ Seneca the Younger [source: De Ira (On Anger) + Stoic Coffee Break]

THURSDAY, October 27, 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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Patrick, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Wild Ponies’ – The Burren, County Clare, Ireland – January 2015

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 24-10-2022

Image – ‘Fansipan Peak’ - Hoang Lien National Park, Vietnam, May 2022
Image – ‘Fansipan Peak’ - Hoang Lien National Park, Vietnam, May 2022

You can always tune in and ask: Is this choice of action following the deepest intentions I’ve set for my life?

~ Jack Kornfield

MONDAY, October 24, 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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Lynda, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Fansipan Peak’ – Hoang Lien National Park, Vietnam, May 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 23-10-2022

Poster on door reads "Meditation in Progress"
Poster on door reads "Meditation in Progress"

Meditation is about seeing through one’s presumed identity to become a truer version of one’s own unique self.

~ Mark Epstein [source: The Zen of Therapy – Uncovering A Hidden Kindness in Life]

SUNDAY, October 23, 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 above topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

9:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
10:45 am MDT (eg Denver)
11:45 am CDT (eg Chicago)
12:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
5:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
6:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
7:45 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 – ‘Everyday Nirvana – Every Day – A Hungry Ghost Retreat at the High Heathercombe Centre, Heathercombe Brake, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon, England – July 2019


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 20-10-2022

Image – ‘The Brain Poster’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, Ireland - January 2022
Image – ‘The Brain Poster’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, Ireland - January 2022

The things you frequently think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the colour of your thoughts.

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

THURSDAY, October 20, 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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 – ‘The Brain Poster’ – Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, Ireland – January 2022

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 17-10-2022

Black & White photo of D. T. Suzuki with text "To live - is that not enough?"
Black & White photo of D. T. Suzuki with text "To live - is that not enough?"

To live – is that not enough?

~ D. T. Suzuki [source: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism]

MONDAY, October 17, 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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Shaku, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 16-10-2022

Image (1) – ‘Dartington Great Hall’ - https://www.dartington.org/about/our-history/great-hall/
Image (2) – ‘Last picture of Rabindranath, 1941’ - By Unknown author - Link, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32424974

Man barricades against himself.

~ Rabindranath Tagore [source: Stray Birds #79]

SUNDAY, October 16, 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 above topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

9:45 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
10:45 am MDT (eg Denver)
11:45 am CDT (eg Chicago)
12:45 pm EDT (eg New York/Tampa)
5:45 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
6:45 pm CEST (eg France)
6:45 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
7:45 pm EAT (eg Kenya)

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

All welcome.

Image (1) – ‘Dartington Great Hall’https://www.dartington.org/about/our-history/great-hall/
Image (2) – ‘Last picture of Rabindranath, 1941’ – By Unknown author – Link, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32424974


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 13-10-2022

Prisoner's Blue & White Striped Uniform from Auschwitz
Prisoner's Green & White Striped Uniform from Auschwitz

…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

~ Viktor Frankl [source: Man’s Search for Meaning]

THURSDAY, October 13, 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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 Gary who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.

Image: ‘Auschwitz clothing’ By Takkk – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30849968 


Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 10-10-2022

Image – ‘Book Cover - Encouragement Towards Awakening’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma
Image – ‘Book Cover - Encouragement Towards Awakening’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma

So there is a place every day for a little rejoicing, a rejoicing in one’s own good fortune and good work. And when we practice this – even in ordinary daily life – it comes so naturally to rejoice in the good fortune and good qualities of others.

~ Bhante Bodhidhamma [source: Encouragement Towards Awakening (page 113)]

MONDAY, October 10, 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 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 (eg France)
8:45 pm CAT (eg 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 John, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.

Image – ‘Book Cover – Encouragement Towards Awakening’ by Bhante Bodhidhamma