We hope you are staying well and finding refuge through your practice during these times.
Our online Zoom sessions have been going swimmingly well-
until today that is! Just as our Saturday morning Metta & Sharing group were about to spread loving kindness to a person we find difficult ~ or have trouble handling without irritation creeping in ~ we were besieged by those no-longer mythical "Zoom-bombers," who uttered profanities (not profundities) and made a general nuisance of themselves. Too bad they couldn't sit quietly for a moment and let us blast them with metta, as those who make trouble for others are often those most in need of love!
It wasn't much fun for those who heard the unruly antics (from which I was fortuitously spared due to an audio problem) and I wish to offer sincere apologies to all those affected and assure you we have now taken measures to prevent it happening again
From now on, our meetings will be password protected and we will have a waiting room. No one can enter the meeting until I or one of my excellent co-hosts invites you in. Thirdly, everyone will be muted, and only one of the hosts will be able to unmute. Lastly, we will ask you to arrive TEN MINUTES EARLY (so we can grant you access from the waiting room) and we will lock the meeting after it begins.
For all sessions, you will need to download Zoom in advance
onto your computer, make yourselves comfortable and then just relax and enjoy hanging out with friends world-wide!
Here are the new meeting links and passwords
. Please copy-paste or otherwise keep them safe and we kindly ask that you do not share them on any public forum
1. Sundays: 7.30 pm - 9 pm "Delving Deeply Into Dhamma" (every Sunday from 19th April)
These sessions will include a half hour guided meditation, followed by a themed Dhamma Talk and an opportunity for discussion and Q&A. This is a rare chance to get personal guidance in your practice
and make best use of the extra solitude we experience at this unprecedented time.
Meeting ID: 896 8825 8572
2. Wednesdays 5 pm - 5..30 pm "Chanting & Blessings Group" (every Wednesday from 22nd April)
This group is for those interested in learning some Pali chanting
, such as the Karaniya Metta Sutta and more. At the beginning of each session we will call the names of people who would appreciate a blessing
, so please join and make your dedications known.
Meeting ID: 884 1048 1720
3. Saturdays: 9 am- 10 am "Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group" (every Saturday from 25th April)
What better way to start the weekend than expanding our heart with the powerful, sublime practice of loving kindness
and a gentle check-in with friends? This group will help us bring the benefits of metta into our lives in a truly transformative way.
Meeting ID: 825 3314 5821
4. In addition, I will be teaching some Monday evenings for Oxford Insight
. Please find more information here
on how to join.
N.B. All teachings are offered on a donation basis to enable everyone to attend. Your donation is greatly appreciated and enables us to continue spreading the Dhamma.
A note from Prisca Bauer, 2nd April, 2020:
"A few lines to say thank you for your talk and guided meditation last Sunday. So much resonated with me when you talked about your experience with existential suffering in India. It's pretty much what drives my clinical work in the hospital and fuels my practice.
I also very much liked your guided meditation and the way that you guided the group process during the session - it's challenging, especially during these times when people have many negative emotions. I could feel the "vibe" transform over the session!
It struck me how different your way of teaching is compared to the male Ajahns. You bring more warmth and emotion, intuition. It's probably something about personality, but I guess also about gender and it just shows how important it is to have diversity amongst spiritual teachers :)"