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Greetings from Ballarat

Post by Carl » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:26 am

Hello fellow travellers on the path.
I have been practicing meditation for 4 years as taught by SN.Goenka and I endeavour to live a Dhamma life even though this society is geared to go in the opposite direction. I see this in particular with my children who are bombarded with things that stimulate the senses and cement the cycle of cravings and aversions. Whatever happened to a tin can and a stick in the dirt?
I don’t profess to have great knowledge about the teachings of the Buddha but I do endeavour to keep my focus on the quality of my thoughts, actions and words.

Be Happy


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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Post by Ben » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:32 am

Hi Carl

Its great to see you here finally!
Another Ballarat person, and one of my co-meditators!

There's lots of great discussions here and good people to exchange ideas with.
I think you will enjoy it here.

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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: Greetings from Ballarat

Post by Dhammanando » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:47 am

Hello Carl,

Thanks for joining us. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu

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Post by genkaku » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:50 pm

Welcome Carl. Hope you find something useful here.

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Post by AdvaitaJ » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:09 pm

Welcome aboard!

The birds have vanished down the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Post by bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:33 pm


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 mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:02 pm


I like Ballarat... it's old school. ... 092-30.jpg

Retro. :)
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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Post by Cittasanto » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:03 am

Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
John Stuart Mill

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Post by jcsuperstar » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:33 am

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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