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Thread: Ideas for European Time Zone sitting group?

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    Ideas for European Time Zone sitting group?

    I would like to ask if there is anyone who is interested in (or who's busy life allows for) an evening sit on weekdays, GMT+1 ? My schedule allows Tuesday or Wednesday, maybe Thursday, and I'd suggest 8 or 8:30 PM.
    I know this is high time for families, just want to ask.
    Please make other suggestions if interested.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

  2. #2
    Hi Danny,

    I'd be happy to join you now and then, any day really, if schedule allows I am sort of limited by irregular band rehearsals and babysitting duties, but whenever I can I will. This Thursday would be perfect to start with, 8:30 for instance when the kids are in bed.

    Gassho
    Vincent
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    Toff, Vincent!!

    Two non-problems now:
    - I've never started a hang-out and don't know how to let people "see" and join in without sending invitations all over the globe...
    If I can't do a usual hangout until tomorrow, I'll just try inviting you.
    - Thursdays are not my favourite option because I work longer, don't know when I get home. But usually it should be possible.

    Let's try.
    P.S.: That's 2:30 PM New York, 1:30 PM Mexiko, 12:30 PM Alberta Canada, 4:30 AM Tokio

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

  4. #4
    Hi.

    I would like to join too when I'm able. Nice to have people in one's own time zone. Please do send out an invite.

    Gassho
    Aske
    ~ Please remember that I am very fallible.

    Gassho
    Meikyo

  5. #5
    I would, once I learn how to do that...
    Have found Vincent.
    Will look for you.
    Myoku, Hilfe!!

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    I usually sit around 6:30 dutch time every morning. I could open a hangout then too if anyone is interested
    Gasso vincent


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    Not exactly sure where you stumble Danny, but here's a video that shows how I start a hangout



    Gassho
    Myoku

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    Thank you very much, Myoku!
    Creating a video, really helpful.
    Good news: I'm not doing anything wrong (I thought I might).
    Bad news: see above.

    So it all comes down to what Daizan answered to my "tech" post - one cannot simply invite the Sangha, one must create a new circle for that.
    I'll try and do that.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    I can participate on an irregular basis (especially Thursday on 20.30), as I'm a journalist my days are rather unpredictable.


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    My trial with Vincent was quite a non-problem, with my PC freezing and everything.
    But Vincent patiently waited and called me back, so we sat together.

    Please, as not to bother everyone all over the globe, would people interested tell me so (here or via PM), so I can create a smaller G+ circle?

    Roland, if you PM me your G+ name, I'll add you to the list.

    I'm not sure if it is better to agree on a day and time, or if more of us should invite when possible for them and hope others will join?
    Like a gym where many people have the door key, and whoever comes first can open.
    Please make suggestions!
    I'd appreciate input from the experienced group-sitters elsewhere how they are coordinating things...

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

  11. #11
    I just want to comment, having organized (or tried to) many sitting groups that meet in buildings made of wood or brick (so-called "meat space" ) ... that it is NO EASIER! Getting schedules coordinated, misunderstandings, the room sometimes being unavailable, lack of Zafus and equipments, the guy with the key being out of town ...

    ... many similar "non-problems". It is all Practice. Organizing the sitting with all the hassles to be transcended -IS- the Teachings of the Sitting in action!

    Gassho, J

    SAT TODAY!
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Ideas for European Time Zone sitting group?

    Haha luckily we all practice zazen and are extremely relaxed continuously :P
    When the guy with the key is out of town, we sit on the porch.

    Gassho

    Vincent

    Say today
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    The only thing I would suggest is to _not_ make a smaller group as this actually "locks out" the other members of the sangha, they would not have a chance to see when you sat on their stream. If they however see that they might at some days as it fits join. I think its too early in the morning for clear thought and speech ... what I mean is that the best "advertizing" is just to invite all the sangha - that doesnt hurt
    Gassho
    Myoku
    sat today

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    Hi again.

    I've added you Danny on Google+. I have quite irregular hours too but please do keep me posted. It should be possible to work it out.

    Gassho
    Aske
    #SAT TODAY!
    ~ Please remember that I am very fallible.

    Gassho
    Meikyo

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    I'll continue trying, now using Chromium (Chrome on Linux) with G+.
    Please be patient with technical stuff, I don't know much.

    I agree with Myoku, I do not want to exclude anyone, and what a joy if somebody from across the world might join.

    I just thought discussing "when's next?" would be possible for a smaller group (without disturbing everyone).

    Aske, I hope so!

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    I'd be happy to sit again tomorrow 20:30 anyone who wants to join in?

    Gassho

    Vincent

    Sat today


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    Vincent, Mondays are rarely possible for me. Regrets!
    I will keep trying on Thursdays, as most people have expressed an interest in that day.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Hi Danny, thanks for organising this. If it is a 30 min sit at 20:30 I will sit with you too.
    Gassho Heisoku
    Sat today
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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    Great, Heisoku.
    I will try tomorrow, but don't know if it works: I get Shokai's invites (to the community), but not Myoku's (to the sangha circle). And I do not get G+ to let me invite the community.
    I'd appreciate feedback if people received invites or where able to see the hangout, even if they are busy with work at that time.
    Thanks!
    Fingers crossed to see you.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

  21. #21
    I hope you mean Thursday Danny!
    Gassho Heisoku
    Sat today
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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    I hope too.
    Today, GMT 7:30, my star date Thursday 20:30...
    Let's try and see... uhm, sit.

    Gassho
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Tonight I cant attend, wish you a good sit!

    Gassho
    Vincent


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    Well I couldn't find any invites or hangouts in G+ or Hangouts. Sorry Danny will look into it and try again next time.
    Gassho
    Heisoku
    Sat today
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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    Heisoku, I do not know your your G+ name (I searched for Heisoku, but I don't think that's you), so I don't know if you are part of the sangha circle I invited (do you see Myoku's hangout? Should be the same circle.)

    Please, could anyone else check if they See my hangout in their stream - or if somehow I only invited myself?!
    I commented on my hangout (as Myoku advised) to make it stick.
    I guess those who see it could have joined, others could not.

    Heisoku, please PM me your G+ name.
    I was waiting for you (sitting and waiting) and would have made a direct call, but without a name that was impossible.
    I'm sorry to let you down!

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Today's Thursday (here, now).
    Zazen in 30 minutes (G+), if you'd like.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Well we met and sat for 30 mins. A good start Danny thank you. Everyone welcome at 7:30pm.
    Gassho
    Heisoku
    Sat today
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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    That is 7:30pm UK, 8:30pm Germany

    Thank you, Heisoku, good to sit with you!
    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Nindo
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    Good start!

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    Hi.

    I have added you Danny on Google Plus but have yet to receive any sort of group or sitting invite.
    Thought there might be some sort of tech problem. Anybody?

    Gassho
    Aske
    #Sat Today
    ~ Please remember that I am very fallible.

    Gassho
    Meikyo

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    Aske, I do not get hangout invites either.
    I have turned all settings on and now I get posts and comments people share (which I'd rather not), but I do not get Myoku's invite (which I would like to receive).
    I would ask you to check your stream at the appropriate time.
    Maybe you need to refresh the page.
    And we might ask this question on the tec subforum.
    Thank you!

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Hi all,
    just to bump this a bit.
    By telling you I won't be there Thursday today and the next.
    Otherwise, if there are people interested in sitting together (30 minutes of zazen, 20:30 German time, that is GMT+2 now), repeatedly or just on occasion, and you do not see the hangout on your G+ stream, please PM me.
    Will answer once I'm back.

    To the rest of the Thursday canoe-team: boys, keep it going!

    Deep bows to you for being there.
    Danny

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    Nindo
    Guest
    Hello all,

    Danny sends her regrets that she cannot do the G+ sitting until further notice. She is in hospital. She did not give me any details, but please keep her in your thoughts.

    Gassho
    Nindo
    sattoday

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    Hi.

    We Will keep her in our thoughts, and know that she is always with us.

    May the force with her and you
    Fugen
    Life is our temple and its all good practice
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    Thank you for letting us know Nindo. She is in my heart and mind.

    Gassho,

    Shugen


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    Yugen
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    She is with us and we are with her. Thank you for letting us know.

    Deep bows
    Yugen


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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Thank you Nindo.

    Danny, I will practice Metta daily until your safe return.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi
    #sattoday
    sekishi
    石志

    He/him. As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

  38. #38
    Thank you Nindo. I'll be sitting with Danny in mind...
    Much Metta.

    Gassho
    Sergey
    about to sit now

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    Thank you Nindo,
    I hope that Danny gets well soon. We will try to keep her Thurs G+ sitting going in her absence.
    Gassho,
    David
    If you miss the moment, you miss your life - John Daido Loori

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    Thank you Nindo. I hope Danny returns soon, please let her know we think/sit for her.

    Gassho
    Randy
    sattoday

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    Nindo
    Guest
    Thank you all, I am sending a long email of all your messages of well wishing to Danny right now!

    Gassho
    Nindo
    sattoday

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    I will help you. I come back from Antaiji.Gassho.


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  43. #43
    Thank you Nindo, we will keep the Thursday sit open while she gets well. Sending Danny much metta. Gassho Heisoku
    Sat yesterday and later.

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    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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