Guidelines for Online Sangha meetings - Updated 6th April 2020
Dear Pebbles Friend
In these strange, unsettling and uncertain times, we want to ensure that we all have the opportunity to practise and it's important to protect everyone from any risk from the COVID-19 virus. To that end, we've decided that, from Saturday, 21st March starting at 10am, we will hold all our Sangha meetings online, for the foreseeable future, using the Zoom platform. The meetings will last for about an hour and a half, with plenty of time for sharing from the heart.
If you would like to practise with us in this way, you will need to download and install Zoom onto your computer from www.zoom.us or download the Zoom app onto your tablet or smart-phone. It may take a while to download and set up, so please do this before the scheduled start of the online meeting.
Please note that, due to increased security introduced by Zoom on the 5th April, we will now generate a unique Meeting ID for each online sangha meeting. We will also have a new Password for each session which you will receive in our regular newsletters. Please get in touch is you do not receive the newsletter.
Don't worry if you don't have access to a computer or smart device - you can join the meetings on your phone. In this case, you will only be able to hear people, rather than seeing them.
Meetings will start at 10am sharp and finish by 1200.
Please join the online meeting before 10 am.
To join the meeting from your computer, smart-phone, tablet or home phone follow the instructions below:
From your computer, tablet or smart-phone
From your tablet or smart-phone
Open the Zoom app (which you have installed in advance) and then enter the Meeting ID and Password which you will receive in our regular newsletters. Please get in touch is you do not receive the newsletter.
From any telephone (audio only)
Dial: 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240
and then enter the Meeting ID (enter number followed by the # key) and Password which you will receive in our regular newsletters. Please get in touch is you do not receive the newsletter.
These details will stay the same for all Pebbles Sangha online meetings, so please keep this information to hand for future reference. We will provide the Meeting ID and Password for each session in future Newsletters. Please contact us via our website if you would like to receive our Newsletter. Dates for our Saturday morning sessions are also on the website.
We are also now able to offer an additional sangha meeting once a week for an hour in the evening every Wednesday from 7:30pm. Please arrive a few minutes before our start time so that we can sit without interruptions.
Some wise words from Plum Village monastics:
We hope that everyone will use this opportunity to be still and to nourish our mind of compassion and non-fear to the people of the world; that from this crisis, some of us can wake up to our real nature of our interbeing; and that this will inspire us to work together and not to take things for granted, including our loved ones.
We pray for the good and compassionate energy of all our ancestors to ease the pain and fear that we are experiencing as a human family due to our unmindful and careless way of living in the past. May all beings be at peace and safe. May their hearts be free from anxiety and fear. May we all use this opportunity to return to our True Home and find real lasting security and freedom.
Please take care of yourself, and enjoy the coming of spring. Mother earth is always here for us - let us continue to enjoy her presence in different corners of the world. We know you are there and we are very happy.
In gratitude and trust,
Br Pháp Khả, Br Chơn Tạng, Sr Sinh Nghiêm and Sr Tin Yêu
We look forward to practising with you online.
May you be well, may you be safe, may you be happy.
Vivien and Barry
“The present moment is the substance with which the future is made. Therefore, the best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. What else can you do?”
— Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Mindful Living