Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 14-11-2021

Skull and Bones Graffiti - Almada, Portugal - November 2021
Skull and Bones Graffiti - Almada, Portugal - November 2021

Diligence is the path to the Deathless.
Negligence is the path to death.
The diligent die not.
The negligent are as if dead already.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada (verse 21)]

SUNDAY, November 14, 2021

No registration is required. The meeting link is –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4537777699

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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)
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2:45 pm  ET (eg New York/Tampa)
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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 – ‘The negligent are as if dead already’ – Almada, Portugal – November 2021

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

Image – ‘Big Buddha’ - Tian Tan Buddha, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong - May 2008
Image – ‘Big Buddha’ - Tian Tan Buddha, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong - May 2008

Easy to do are things that are bad and harmful to oneself.
But exceedingly difficult to do are things that are good and beneficial.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada (verse 163)]

THURSDAY, November 11, 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:

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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 – ‘Big Buddha’Tian Tan Buddha, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong – May 2008

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-11-2021

Image – ‘Sign of Danger’ - Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal - June 2017
Image – ‘Sign of Danger’ - Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal - June 2017

I release all the versions of myself I created to survive.

~ Teal Swan

MONDAY, November 08, 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 Noel, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Sign of Danger’ – Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal – June 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 07-11-2021

Book Cover - The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Book Cover - The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

‘What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?’
‘Well,’ said Pooh, ‘what I like best –’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.’

~ A.A. Milne [source: From the book ‘The House at Pooh Corner‘ as quoted by Ajahn Amaro in his book ‘Just One More…‘]

SUNDAY, November 07, 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 Andrew, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

All welcome.


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

Image – ‘Paddy Fields’ - Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia - August 2016
Image – ‘Paddy Fields’ - Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia - August 2016

Irrigators regulate the rivers;
fletchers straighten the arrow shaft;
carpenters shape the wood;
the wise control themselves.

~ Buddha [source: Dhammapada (verse 80)]

THURSDAY, November 04, 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:

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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 – ‘Paddy Fields’ – Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia – August 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 01-11-2021

Perfect and imperfect Buddha statues on a wooden table
Perfect and imperfect Buddha statues on a wooden table

Even when we are at rock bottom or within a spell of depression, to train the mind in joy means we take notice and attend to just how much joy may still be present amid our darkest of moments. In this way, joy becomes a subtle way back to the fundamental pleasure that’s always there in the present moment.

~ Amanda Gilbert [source: How to Choose Joy – Tricycle Magazine – Trike Daily – June 22, 2021 – adapted from Kindness Now: A 28-Day Guide to Living with Authenticity, Intention, and Compassion]

MONDAY, November 01, 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…

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

All welcome.


Image – “Cultivating Joy”Wat Thamkrabok Temple, Phraputthabat, Saraburi, Thailand – March 2012

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 31-10-2021

Image of a heart made of hearts
Image of a heart made of hearts

‘The past has already been lived. It doesn’t have to be relived. To sacrifice the present and the future by reliving past injuries is not the way of the sages.

~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche [source: ‘Opening The Injured Heart’ – Tricycle Magazine – Fall 2018. Adapted from Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World, by Dzigar Kongtrul © 2018]

SUNDAY, October 31, 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:

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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 by Lorraine Cormier from Pixabay

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 28-10-2021

Image – ‘Mirror, Buddha & Holy Water’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland - September 2016
Image – ‘Mirror, Buddha & Holy Water’ - Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland - September 2016

The heart is like a mirror. When we dust it off, we are able to see ourselves. The dust is all our stuff – guilt, anger – this stuff is reflected back to us. Practice removes the dust from the mirror of our hearts.

~ Krishna Das

THURSDAY, October 28, 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)
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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 Noel, 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 – ‘Mirror, Buddha & Holy Water’ – Nalagiri House, Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – September 2016

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-10-2021

Fresco at Tushita Meditation Centre” - Mcleod Ganj, HP, India - October 2019
Fresco at Tushita Meditation Centre” - Mcleod Ganj, HP, India - October 2019

Come, let me gaze at you, and learn whether you are of those entering into the world of light, or of those going forth into the land of darkness. Come, tell me who you are and what you are.

~ Kahlil Gibran [source: The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran]

MONDAY, October 25, 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 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 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 15-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – “Tushita Meditation Centre  – Mcleod Ganj, HP, India – October 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 21-10-2021

Hands and clay on potters wheel
Hands and clay on potters wheel

When you admit to yourself, “I must make this change to be more happy”—not because the Buddha said so, but because your heart recognized a deep truth—you must devote all your energy to making the change. You need strong determination to overcome harmful habits.

~ Bhante Henepola Gunaratana [source: Getting Started’ – Tricycle Magazine – Fall 2001 excerpted from Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path]

THURSDAY, October 21, 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.

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’.


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