Merry Christmas!

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Modus.Ponens » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:59 pm

bodom wrote:Happy Festivus!

:anjali:
You must have a lovely pole in your house :smile:
"He turns his mind away from those phenomena and, having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' " - Jhana Sutta

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Mr. G » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:03 am

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Happy Holidays Everyone!!!! :smile: :smile: :smile:
Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by bodom » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:22 am

Modus.Ponens wrote:
bodom wrote:Happy Festivus!

:anjali:
You must have a lovely pole in your house :smile:
I knew there had to be some Seinfeld fans here!
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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Modus.Ponens » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:50 am

Which of your children are you doing the feats of strength with? :P

Man I love Seinfeld. I just finished my 2nd complete Seinfeld marathon on the 20th this month. Now I can study in peace.

Sorry for the off topic. Merry christmas! :smile:
"He turns his mind away from those phenomena and, having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' " - Jhana Sutta

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by sattva » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:37 am

mr. gordo wrote:Image

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!! :smile: :smile: :smile:
No present?! :tantrum:

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by tiltbillings » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:39 am

sattva wrote:
mr. gordo wrote:Image

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!! :smile: :smile: :smile:
No present?! :tantrum:
Just be thankful you do not get a visit from Krampus.
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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Krzysiek85 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:06 am

Merry Christmas!

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Ben » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:40 am

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Jason » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:41 pm

"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Fede » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:18 pm

I love David's response - not being affiliated to any specific eternal omnipresent Deity, we can celeberate Christmas - and indeed, any festival, for any religion - as we choose!

I'm going to do a bit of shameless advertising, here:

check out the 6.30 club on FB: for once, it's a wonderfully uplifting thing to participate in....

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Basically, anyone and everyone can join. All you need to do, is to take a moment at 6.30pm - wherever you are - to think of people who are spending any time, for any reason, on their own.
they might be bereaved, they might be newly separated or divorced, or simply on their own, through any given circumstance.

You yourself might be in that situation, through no fault of your own.
Christmas can be a lonely, depressing and isolating time for those in this situation, and the poignancy of this specific festival is painful to endure.

so, at 6.30, stop for a moment or two, and just know, you are not alone. Someone out there, is thinking of you, and sending you their good wishes.
They really are.
Folks set their clocks for this specific event, and they purposely send peace, compassion and loving kindness, 'out there' for anyone who might be needing it.

Many 'lonely' people have now met and become friends - and are not lonely, any more....

May the peaceful blessings and joy and wonderment of what this festival represents, be yours, and grow in your precious hearts,

With much love,

Me.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Skeptic » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:39 pm

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by mikenz66 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:17 pm

Merry Christmas. Already been to Christmas Morning church with my mum, now off to lunch with some monks...

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Fede » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:21 pm

Merry Christmas to you Mike. enjoy your lunch - and wish your mum a merry Christmas from me!
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by mikenz66 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:22 pm

Thanks Fede, Merry Christmas to you when it reaches you... :tongue:

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Paññāsikhara » Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:56 am

Merry Christ mas to you all!

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