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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:29 am

Greetings,

I caught up with Ben on the weekend. I was using his computer to check Dhamma Wheel and such, and accidentally stumbled upon an online banking transaction in which an anonymous person from California had transferred a significant sum of money into his account. I was curious about it, but I didn't ask Ben what the story was.

Later, after this knife incident...
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... I realised it was an assassination attempt! Thankfully I managed to thwart it though, through the innovative use of a set of tongs. Unable to take me out of commission, Ben was obliged to return his commission to the anonymous sender of said funds. The appropriate authorities have been informed.

:spy:

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by DNS » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:58 am

Great photo!

:clap:

Is that Ben behind you??

I thought I read that you (Ben) lost a lot of weight (I think I read from one of your posts) while you were on the long retreat.

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by Ben » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:12 am

That is me, David!
Yes, I did loose some weight which I am now finding again.
Photo courtesy of Dhamma Wheel member, Quinn!
Paul was a great help in the kitchen. Saved my 'bacon' by helping me to prepare for a week-long camp with 84 people (mostly 12/13 year olds). Got in some sights around Launceston as well, even the monkey enclosure.
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by pilgrim » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:19 am

I'll be meeting Hanzze in Phnom Penh tomorrow...Will post a pic when I'm back. Think we'll make a odd couple. :toast:

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by tiltbillings » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:26 am

pilgrim wrote:I'll be meeting Hanzze in Phnom Penh tomorrow...Will post a pic when I'm back. Think we'll make a odd couple. :toast:
Well, at least one of you will be odd.
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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by cooran » Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:40 am

Thanks Quinn! Great photo Ben and Paul!

Retro - Maybe you've now guessed why Ben is living in a Penal Colony? Did you really think he spent that month in Burma? :tongue:

Pilgrim - I will look forward to seeing the photos of your meeting with Hanzze! :smile:

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by Ben » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:38 am

cooran wrote:Thanks Quinn! Great photo Ben and Paul!

Retro - Maybe you've now guessed why Ben is living in a Penal Colony? Did you really think he spent that month in Burma? :tongue:

Pilgrim - I will look forward to seeing the photos of your meeting with Hanzze! :smile:

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Well, that's right. No one's actually seen any photos from my trip yet...
And let's not forget we Tasmanians have a taste for human flesh...
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And here I am working in the kitchen in an 'outdoor education' campus...(roll Twilight Zone music)
Hmmm.... I wonder who's coming for dinner?
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Learn this from the waters:
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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by plwk » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:53 am

I'll be meeting Hanzze in Phnom Penh tomorrow...Will post a pic when I'm back. Think we'll make a odd couple. :toast:
Well, at least one of you will be odd.
Quick..grab hold of the Jatukam amulets.... :jumping:

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by Ngawang Drolma. » Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:18 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
Ngawang Drolma wrote: David is that the shrine room at your center? It's breathtaking.
Hi Laura,

No, that is from Wat Thai L.A. where Ayya Phalanyani was staying at the time. Yes, that is beautiful.

Here is the altar at my place:

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Two mini-Maha Bodhi Temple replicas on each side.
Wow, look at that lovely Buddha! Wish I could see it in person :)

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Laura

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by DNS » Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:40 pm

Here is a recent photo of me and Woini with Bhante Sujatha after one of our Dhamma programs at our place. Note my new hair style -- BALD!! :tongue:

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by bodom » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:15 pm

David wrote:Note my new hair style -- BALD!!


Is this in honor of the new Three Stooges movie that's coming out? :tongue:

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by DNS » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:23 pm

bodom wrote: Is this in honor of the new Three Stooges movie that's coming out? :tongue:
:jumping:

Well, there are three of us in that photo.

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by Cittasanto » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:06 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Here is a recent photo of me and Woini with Bhante Sujatha after one of our Dhamma programs at our place. Note my new hair style -- BALD!! :tongue:

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It is a good look, knocks a few years of the look as-well; :P
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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by Ben » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:48 pm

I like it!!
“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:
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but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Post by DNS » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:54 am

Cittasanto wrote: It is a good look, knocks a few years off the look as-well; :P
Thanks Cittasanto and Ben!

Previously my hair has been receding and graying quite a bit, so I think you might be right. Instead of trying to do a comb-over or coloring it, just shave it off, and voila -- no more gray, no more receding hair lines! :tongue:

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