What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

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What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by samseva » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:02 am

What is the meaning of your username and avatar?

My username is actually the Pāḷi word saṃseva (pronounced sang-say-veh). Its translation is 'companionship' and its definition is the following (from Nyanatiloka Thera's Buddhist Dictionary):
saṃseva: ‘companionship’. [...] (2) Through companionship with good men (sappurisa-s.) comes listening to good advice, thereby faith, thereby wise reflection, thereby mindfulness and clarity of consciousness, thereby sense-control, thereby 3-fold good conduct, thereby the 4 foundations of mindfulness (satipaṭṭhāna, q.v), thereby the 7 factors of enlightenment (bojjhanga, q.v.), thereby liberation through wisdom (paññā-vimutti, q.v.).” Cf. A. X. 62.
Since I was joining the forums to have interesting discussions with 'good men', I thought saṃseva would be a suitable username.

Some members call me Sam, which I find amusing. :smile:

As for my avatar, it is a monk and a tiger. I consider it a representation of the proof of mettā (loving-kindness) and an indication of the validity of other teachings of the Buddha.

Your turn.

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Aloka » Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:41 am

samseva wrote:
Since I was joining the forums to have interesting discussions with 'good men', I thought saṃseva would be a suitable username.
Hopefully the female members at DW are included in that, samseva!
As for my avatar, it is a monk and a tiger. I consider it a representation of the proof of mettā (loving-kindness) and an indication of the validity of other teachings of the Buddha.
If its from the Thailand Tiger Temple, maybe you don't know about the controversy that's been going on for a long time about the treatment of the tigers there.

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http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... le#p327834

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The meaning of my username Aloka is "light," and it was chosen for me by a friend from Dhamma Wheel.

My avatar is a lotus flower.

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by cooran » Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:56 am

My username 'Cooran' is the name of a small town in the Noosa Hinterland of Queensland.

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My avatar is a Lotus flower which is symbolic of purity of body, speech and mind while rooted in mud. Its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Dinsdale » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:03 am

I am a possibly imaginary giant hedgehog in the employment of Doctor Evil. ;)

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Kim OHara » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:54 am

A diverse lot, aren't we?
Kim O'Hara is the title character of the book Kim by Rudyard Kipling (of Jungle Book fame, but I don't recommend the Disney version :tongue: ). At the beginning of the book he's just a child and is known as the 'little friend of all the world', which I thought was a good thing to aspire to, and he is fascinated by meeting a Tibetan lama, one of the first Buddhist people I encountered in fiction or real life. That seemed like enough reasons to use his name.
My butterfly is simply a symbol of my part of the world, Australia's tropical east coast. When I joined the other DW I used a pic of Kim's Gun (look it up!) instead. Maybe I will start using it here too.
BTW, none of the above is untrue but none was ever 100% serious, either. We need to hold lightly to our identities, even online identities. :smile:

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Ben » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:17 am

It would be nice to have an interesting back-story to my online username but there isn't one. It's just my name in the fiction known as the 'real' world.
And my current avatar is a homage to my kalayanamitta Ajahn Dhammanando who has an avatar of one of his cats sitting on his shoulder. The cat in my avatar is Claude and he is completely hairless.
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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:42 am

My Pali name, meaning “bliss of Dhamma”, was chosen by my former preceptor, Ajahn Khemadhammo, in consultation with the late Dr. Rewata Dhamma, the seniormost monk at my sāmaṇera ordination in 1984. Khemadhammo wanted to name me after Ānanda, the Buddha’s long-term attendant, but as Thai custom disapproves of giving monks the names of the Buddha’s eighty great disciples the name had to be combined with something else. Dr. Rewata suggested that Khemadhammo should give me part of his own name, either ‘khema’ or ‘dhamma’, and so ‘Dhammānando’ was what I ended up with.

The avatar is a photo taken by the German nun Ayya Phalañāṇī at my mountain hermitage in Phrao. On my shoulder is my feline companion Bajazeth, Emperor of the Turks —or ‘Bajji’ for short— named after a character in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great and Händel's Tamerlano, and corresponding to the historical Sultan Bayezid I.

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Mr Man » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:56 am

My name was chosen purely to differentiate myself from other posters. My avatar is some bark on a fallen tree which is also rather unexciting and impersonal.

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by tiltbillings » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:36 am



Nothing to do with the lyrics; just a cool name in a song by a great guitarist:



The avatar is Woody Guthrie, a hero of mine. The expression somehow seems apt.
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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Mawkish1983 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:45 am

My online name was Mawkish for many many years. I am in two minds whether to scrap this account and start a new one with my real name or to keep this username for prosperity. Either way, I'd like there to be no links between my real name and this username (and I've worked hard to make sure that's the case, as much as possible) because of the job I do and some of the controversial content I once left floating around cyberspace attached to this username.

Mawkish means overly sentimental. It's rather a jokey name given that I find it difficult to express emotions. The joke is that, although I struggle to understand emotions and the express them properly, they're there in the background. Not many people would think of me as being mawkish unless they had the misfortune to know me better; and it is unlikely that level of knowledge would ever be acquired online.

I've had a variety of avatars over the years, one notable one was a spinning head. I also experimented with a macro to randomise the colours of every letter in my posts for a while. These were ego-driven distractions I later abandoned.

Edited to add: 1983 is the year of my birth

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by seeker242 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:55 am

Seeker of enlightenment, plus some random numbers. :smile:

Avatar is the teacher of enlightenment. :smile:

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Dinsdale » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:56 am

seeker242 wrote:Seeker of enlightenment, plus some random numbers. :smile:
Aww, I thought the number 242 had some profound significance. :tongue:
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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by daverupa » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:59 am

namarupa --> daverupa; pretty simple.

And via the image, it's as though we're having chats over a late-night fire.

(If you look closely, one ember at the lower-left raises up and disappears after going from a spheroid to a crescent. A nice little image for nibbana.)
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Nicolas » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:05 am

Nicolas is my first name and I have no avatar. (I don't use avatars or signatures to keep my messages as light and short as possible.)

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Re: What Is the Meaning of Your Username and Avatar?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:44 am

My username is my ordained name. "Pesala" means well-behaved, as in the phrase "pesalānaṃ bhikkhūnaṃ phāsuvihārāya," i.e. the Vinaya rules were laid down by the Blessed One for the comfort of well-behaved monks, and for the restraint of evil-minded men (dummaṅkūnaṃ puggalānaṃ niggahāya).

The avatar of a Burmese Buddha image is the same one that I used on E-Sangha. I chose to use it rather than a photograph of myself as a reminder that bhikkhus should teach what the Buddha taught, not their own personal opinions.

In the Burmese tradition, the ordination name is given according to the day of the week. If I was born on a Thursday¹, my name must begin with pa, pha, ba, bha, or ma. Sayādaw U Rewata Dhamma said that I was well-behaved so Mahāsi Sayādaw gave me that name.

¹ I think someone got it wrong, because I was actually born on a Wednesday.
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