Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 19-04-2021

Buddha statue set amongst flowers in a garden

“And for the cruel one, who tears out the heart by which I live, I cultivate neither thorns or bitter leaves, I cultivate a white rose.”

~ Poem by José Martí / Song ‘Guantanamera’ by José Fernández Díaz

MONDAY, April 19, 2021

No registration 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…

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

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

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’.


Image – ‘Buddha and Roses’ – Newbury, West Berkshire, England- June 2004

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 18-04-2021

Crowds crossing street in front of the Potala Palace - Lhasa, Tibet- November 2008

“What makes you happy or unhappy is not the world and the people around you, but the thinking in your head. As well”

~ Anthony de Mello from the book The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello

SUNDAY, April 18, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (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.

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 15-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: ‘Potala Palace’ – Lhasa, Tibet- November 2008

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-04-2021

Unreadable gravestone at ‘Lorrha Cemetery’, Lorrha, County Tipperary - February 2019

“We are born only once and cannot be born twice, and must forever live no more. You don’t control tomorrow, yet you postpone joy. Life is ruined by putting things off, and each of us dies without truly living.”

~ Epicurus, from ‘The “Vatican Collection” of the Sayings of Epicurus’ ~ (VS14)

THURSDAY, April 15, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (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.

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 – ‘Unreadable Gravestone’, Lorrha Cemetery, County Tipperary – February 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 12-04-2021

External image of ‘Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant’ - Chiang Mai, Thailand

“What keeps us unhappy and stuck in a limited view of reality is our tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek security and avoid groundlessness, to seek comfort and avoid discomfort. “

~ Pema Chödrön in the book ‘Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

MONDAY, April 12, 2021

No registration 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…

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. 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 (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.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’.


Image – ‘Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant’ – Chiang Mai, Thailand – April 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 11-04-2021

30-horse carousel at Pier 57, Seattle, USA

“Once in awhile you can get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

~ from the song Scarlet Begonias written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead)

SUNDAY, April 11, 2021

No registration 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)
2:45 pm (EDT)
7:45 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:45 pm (Botswana)
9:45 pm (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.

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 15-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: ‘Waterfront Carousel at Miners Landing’ – Pier 57, Seattle, USA- September 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-04-2021

Painted Buddha Carving at Nyethang Drolma Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

“Solitude is the source of happiness.”

~ Padmasambhava, from the book ‘Advice from the Lotus-Born: A Collection of Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Other Close Disciples’

THURSDAY, April 08, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Donny, 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 – Nyethang Drolma Temple, Lhasa, Tibet – November 2008

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 05-04-2021

A group of free-range chickens pecking the ground.

“Sitting for hours on end is not necessary. Some people think that the longer you sit the wiser you must be.

~ Ajahn Chah in the digital edition of ‘The Teachings of Ajahn Chah’.

MONDAY, April 05, 2021

No registration 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…

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

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

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’.


Image – ‘Chickens on Retreat’ – The Barn Retreat Meditation Centre, Ashprington, Totnes, South Devon, England – February 2010

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 04-04-2021

Small child standing in wonder.

“You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways, but no matter what you change, you will always be you.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr

SUNDAY, April 04, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (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.

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 15-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: ‘You will always be you ’ at Sulakshan Kirti Vihar, Kathmandu, Nepal – June 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 01-04-2021

Black and white, wood-block print portrait of Zen master Yúnmén Wényǎn

Every day is a good day.”

~ Yúnmén Wényǎn from the collection ‘The Blue Cliff Record’ case #6

THURSDAY, April 01, 2021

No registration 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:

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (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.

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 – By Artist unknown (Shouyi (守一), Kongcheng (空成) authors) – Chinese book Fozu zhengzong daoying (《佛祖正宗道影》1880), Public Domain

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 29-03-2021

Tibetan-style prayer flag with handwritten message: "Remember to Remember - I choose NOT to be unhappy"

The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.”

~ Joseph Roux in his book Meditations of a Parish Priest: Thoughts (1866)

MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2021

No registration 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…

11:30 am (PDT)
2:30 pm (EDT)
7:30 pm (UK/Ireland)
8:30 pm (Botswana)
9:30 pm (Kenya)

…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. 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 (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.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’.


Image – ‘Remember-to-Remember’ – New Life Foundation, Don Sila, อำเภอ เวียงชัย Chiang Rai, Thailand – March 2016