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Inspiring news article

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:22 am

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Jeremy does his best thinking at sunrise

JEREMY Britton is no stranger to sunrise.

The keen Vipassana meditator has been a familiar sight at Warana beach in the early hours of the morning for three years.

Jeremy's drawn quite the crowd - from drunken revellers stumbling home to curious beach walkers wondering what his story was.

He has kept track of his personal commitment - he will celebrate his 1000th sunrise meditation today.

"My goal's just been to do it as long as I can," he said.

"I never wondered if I could do 1000 sunrise meditations. I have no intention to stop."

Jeremy's way of life has been featured on his radio show based in New York, and a recently filmed television show in Brisbane.

His efforts have even attracted the attention of documentary filmmakers interested in telling his story.

But life wasn't always this way for the 41-year-old.

He suffered a heart attack at 33, got divorced, nearly lost his business and became homeless for a time.

He lost his daughter in 2009. It sent him into a deep depression.

"I had nothing left to live for," he said.

Eventually he was recommended Vipassana meditation by three separate people. "I took it as a sign from the universe," he said.

Jeremy took part in a 10-day retreat at Pomona to master the meditation.

When he left he wondered just how long he could keep it up.

"I did it one day, next day and next day. After I did it for two weeks it was a habit.

"I've been going every day since, for three years now. I missed some at Warana when I was in Africa for two months, but I got up for sunrise to meditate there."

INVITE

Jeremy Britton has extended an invite to the community to join him for his 1000th sunrise at Warana on September 14. The get together will have an old Tibetan Buddhist monk doing a free guided meditation down on the beach from 5am followed by BBQ breakfast.

http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/jeremy ... e/2020507/
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Re: Inspiring news article

Postby SarathW » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:29 am

Meditaion at sunrise is such a great experience.
Inspiring story. Lucky he had some good frineds.
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Re: Inspiring news article

Postby Anagarika » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:16 pm

It was good to see his smiling photo in the story. To suffer a heart attack,divorce, and then to lose a child must have put him on the brink of absolute despair. Maybe meditation and the company of kalyana mitta has kept him anchored, and now he is an inspiration to many. I wish him good health, peace and happiness on the rest of his interesting journey.
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Postby LG2V » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:56 pm

Ben,

Great story! I wish Mr. Britton the best. His story is quite inspiring. Thank you for sharing!


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Re: Inspiring news article

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:59 pm

Thank you all.

I actually used to live in Noosa over 25 years ago and at the time, felt like a lone practitioner of the Dhamma. There were a few other co-practitioners in the area but it was only after I left that the Pomona vipassana meditation centre was established and the Sunshine Coast become much more of a hub for the Dhamma (in a variety of traditions).
Jeremy's story is definitely very inspiring and is a great story to communicate to the general public some of the day-to-day benefits of living a Dhammic life.
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Re: Inspiring news article

Postby Anagarika » Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:50 am

It's really great that you posted it, Ben. Stories like this make a difference. Thank you.
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