Guidelines for Online Sangha meetings

 

 

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, we will hold all our Sangha meetings online, for the foreseeable future, using the Zoom platform. We have a fortnightly Saturday morning session and a weekly Wednesday evening meditation.

 

The Saturday meetings will last for about an hour and a half, with plenty of time for sharing from the heart and the Wednesday meetings will be for an hour.

If you would like to practice 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 we will not post the Meeting ID or password here. If you are a newcomer for security reasons we ask that you contact us for details and we will send you the Login details for the Saturday and Wednesday sessions by email. Please get in touch here.
 

Saturday meetings will start at 10 am and finish by 11.30 am.

Please arrive a few minutes before our start time so that we can sit without interruptions.

Wednesday meetings will start at 6.30 pm and finish by 7.30 pm.

Please arrive a few minutes before our start time so that we can sit without interruptions.


To join the meeting from your computer, smart-phone, tablet or home phone follow the instructions below:

From your computer, tablet or smart-phone

To join the online meeting click here and enter the Meeting ID and Password which you will receive in our email. Please get in touch if you have lost or forgotten the details.

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 email. Please get in touch if you have lost or forgotten the details.

 

We require that all online newcomers have their Video On so that we can see them when they first join a Zoom session. This requirement is for the safety and security of the Sangha so that we can see and verify all participants.

These details will stay the same for all Pebbles Sangha online meetings, so please keep the Login information we will send you to hand for future reference. We will provide the Meeting ID and Password for the sessions to your email address. Please contact us via our website if you would like to receive these details. Dates for our fortnightly Saturday morning sessions are listed on the website.

 

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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

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We look forward to practising with you online.

May you be well, may you be safe, may you be happy.

With love,

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