Foundations of Awakening & Recovery

From Hungry Ghost To Being Human – Foundations of Awakening & Recovery with Vince Cullen

From Hungry Ghost To Being Human – Foundations of Awakening & Recovery

A series of talks by Vince Cullen exploring Buddhist-oriented practices and principals that are intended to lead away from avoidable-suffering and to move towards the potential end of avoidable-suffering. The source material is contained in the free ‘From Hungry Ghost To Being Human’ booklet and ‘The Forgiveness Workbook‘.

Avoidable-suffering is universal and takes many forms, however, this series of talks may be of particular interest to anyone currently struggling with the three fires of Cravings, Aversions and Confusions.

This series of online talks ran over 8-weeks and was based on the foundational principles and practices of the Fifth Precept Sangha (Community) as follows:

“For me, these are my personal ‘foundations’ of awakening and recovery.  I say awakening and recovery but they are really the same thing. These ‘foundations’ are the principles and practices that I wish someone had told me 24-years ago when I first woke up to living life without intoxicants.”

Vince Cullen

Truth, Karma and Commitment to Awakening

SAJJA / SACCA – Truth, Karma and Commitment to Awakening

Generosity in Thoughts, Words and Actions

DANA – Generosity in Thoughts, Words and Actions

Living in Harmony: Ethics-Harmlessness-Blamelessness

SILA – Living in Harmony: Ethics-Harmlessness-Blamelessness

Self-love, Self-compassion, Self-appreciation & Self-balance

BRAHMA VIHARA / HEART PRACTICES

Transgression & Forgiveness

KHAMA – Transgression & Forgiveness

Mindfulness & Meditation

SATI and BHAVANA – Mindfulness & Meditation

Admirable Friends, Fellowship, Community

SANGHA – Admirable Friends & Fellowship

SUMMARY – “OK, Where Do I Go Now?”

SUMMARY – “OK, Where Do I Go Now?”

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 01-06-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-01-06-2020

“Wanting to be free from sorrow is sorrow. There is no other sorrow.”

Source: U.G. Krishnamurti, from ‘Mind Is a Myth’

MONDAY, JUNE 01, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). 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 and close at or shortly after 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 28-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-28-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”

Source: Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese poet)

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jessica, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-25-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.”

Source: From page 417 of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Eoin, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 21-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-21-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“Look not to the faults of others,
nor to their omissions and commissions.
But rather look to your own acts,
to what you have done and left undone.”

Source: Buddha (Dhammapada 4.50)

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

If you are asked for a password then please enter > 5ps

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). 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 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 18-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-21-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“This sense of “bad me” comes from not understanding the view of selflessness that is so central to the Buddhist path. Understanding that there is no solid, singular, or permanent “me” makes it possible to accommodate whatever arises in life without feeling so intimidated by our experience, without rolling over like a defeated dog in a dogfight. We can see that things arise due to our karma playing itself out and that it does not necessarily have to be so personal.”

Source: Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jessica, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 14-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-14-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“The events and circumstances of our lives do not happen by accident; rather they are the result of certain causes and conditions. When we understand the conditions necessary for something to happen, we can begin to take destiny into our own hands.”

Source: Joseph Goldstein, “The Evolution of Happiness

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

If you are asked for a password then please enter > 5ps

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). 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 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 11-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-11-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“Sometimes, being told not to do something just makes us want it all the more. Sometimes, a little of what you crave is better than total abstinence.”

Source: Joanne Harris, ‘The Strawberry Thief’

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

If you are asked for a password then please enter > 5ps

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jessica, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 07-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-07-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“It is our motivation that directs our acts, just as an irrigation channel makes water flow where it is wanted. If our acts are constantly inspired by the desire to relieve others of their suffering, in the end this desire will be fulfilled.”

Source: Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (The Excellent Path to Enlightenment – Oral Teachings on the Root Text of Jamyang Khentse Wangpo – Collected Works Vol II pg 8, Shambhala)

THURSDAY, MAY 07, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Eileen, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 04-05-2020

Fifth Precept Fellowship - Meditation and Mindfulness for Recovery from alcohol drugs and other addictions and compulsions - Sit and Share Meeting-04-05-2020 with Vince Cullen

“The realisation of impermanence is paradoxically the only thing we can hold onto,
Perhaps our only lasting possession.”

Source: Sogyal Rinpoche [Tibetan Book of Living and Dying]

MONDAY, MAY 04, 2020

#Sit-and-Share meeting link – https://us04web.zoom.us/j/553721188 (see below for telephone options)

If you are asked for a password then please enter > 5ps

The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from 7:30 pm ready for a prompt start at 8 pm (UK time). This meeting’s topic was chosen by Colin, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at 9 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’ before joining your first meeting.