Goodbye...for now

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:56 am

Ben wrote:
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Hi everyone,

I'm flying to Myanmar this evening and I will be there until after the first week in January. I'll be attending a retreat and then on Yatra.
Thanks to all my dhamma friends for their companionship and wise counsel and my family for the sacrifices they have made so I can go.
I hope to see you back online from 9/10 January. May you all continue to walk on the path.
with metta,

Ben
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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Dan74 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:06 am

May your trip be fruitful, Ben!
_/|\_

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Guy » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:26 am

I wish you all the best on your trip, Ben.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Hanzze » Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:34 pm

_/\_
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by christopher::: » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:57 am

:thumbsup:
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by James the Giant » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:12 am

What a beautiful temple!
Have a fruitful time, and please give us a report of how it went when you return.
:anjali:
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
SN 9.11

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Rui Sousa » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:05 pm

I wish you have a pleasant and fruitful journey.
:clap:
With Metta

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by cooran » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:37 am

Ben wrote:
Myanmar_Monywa_Panorama_1.jpg
Hi everyone,

I'm flying to Myanmar this evening and I will be there until after the first week in January. I'll be attending a retreat and then on Yatra.
Thanks to all my dhamma friends for their companionship and wise counsel and my family for the sacrifices they have made so I can go.
I hope to see you back online from 9/10 January. May you all continue to walk on the path.
with metta,

Ben
Hello all,

Ben is now exactly half-way through his 30 day meditation retreat.
May he be working diligently, May he achieve lasting results.
May he be healthy and strong. May he be free of physical and mental pain.

with mahametta
Chris
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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by sattva » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:00 am

I see you are back (smiles). Time for sharing your experiences (i hope!) :anjali: :buddha2:

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Ben » Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:02 am

Hey Sattva!
Great to see you here!
I promise to post my experience, though it may take a while.
I got home from Myanmar on Sunday and then straight back to work!!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- 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: Goodbye...for now

Post by christopher::: » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:00 am

Welcome back, Ben.

:anjali:
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Ben » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:17 am

Thank you Christopher!
However brilliant and difficult and profoundly life-changing the experience, its good to be home.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- 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

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by christopher::: » Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:19 am

Look forward to reading more about your experience, if and when you have time.
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Goodbye...for now

Post by Ytrog » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:44 pm

I hope that it was nice :)

Been absent myself (thanks to being busy), so I missed this.
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.
mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments
If you see any unskillful speech (or other action) from me let me know, so I can learn from it.

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