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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Kim OHara » Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:18 am

And a happy Christmas from the other climatic extreme. :hello:
I'm just back from a long Christmas lunch on the back deck of my sister-in-law's place, under the mango tree. Everyone in shorts and short sleeves and bare feet or sandals ... very comfortable at 28C.


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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:26 am

manas wrote:Thanks, Ben. And a Happy Christmas to you also, and to all (virtually) assembled here. Nice picture, by the way. Might be nice to pack a kayak, catch the Spirit and head over at some stage...(As I understand it, Tassie has most of Australia's fresh water rivers, is that correct?)


Hi Manas,
There are a lot of freshwater rivers in Tasmania, but I don't know about Tassie having the most. The photo is taken at the confluence of. The Pieman and Savage rivers. It's ideal for kayaking and I try and get out on the water at around dawn for two or three hours if I have a late start. It's a great way to start the day (after meditation!). Do let me know if you are intending to come down.
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Dhammanando » Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:29 am

Christmas Greetings everyone.

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I thought some of you might appreciate this little-known piece of footage. It's the Apostle Matthew, working as a reporter for the Bethlehem Star, interviewing one of the shepherds to whom the angel of the Lord appeared on the night of Jesus's birth.
    Yathā bubbuḷakaṃ passe, yathā passe marīcikaṃ,
    Evaṃ lokaṃ avekkhantaṃ, maccurājā na passati.

    One should see it as a bubble;
    One should see it as a mirage.
    Who regards the world thus
    The King of Death sees him not.
    (Dhammapada 170)

    ผู้ที่มองเห็นโลก ว่าไม่จีรังและหาสาระอะไรมิได้
    คนเช่นนี้พญามารย่อมตามหาไม่พบ ฯ
    (ธรรมบท ๑๗๐)

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Mkoll » Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:27 pm

Merry Christmas!

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby sattva » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:19 am

Merry Christmas (45 minutes left of the day here) and Happy New Year!
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Greetings from Cumberland, MD
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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby alan » Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:26 am

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Thitadhammo » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:32 pm

Buddhist Season’s Greetings from Freising in Germany

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby bodom » Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:26 pm

Im a little late but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone here!!!

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:45 pm

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year & Happy Holidays!

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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